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Building Services Engineer

Building services engineers design, install and maintain the services that are needed to allow the building to do what it's designed to. These services include:


  • acoustics;
  • health and safety;
  • heating;
  • lifts and escalators;
  • lighting;
  • power and supply;
  • security.

There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and building services engineers are at the cutting-edge of designing, developing and managing new technologies that help to reduce the carbon emissions of a building.

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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service.

What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

The role of a building services engineer can vary depending on the specialist area of work and employer. In general though, tasks can include:

Key Responsibilities

negotiating and developing project contracts and agreeing these with clients if working in consultancy, and putting out tenders
commissioning, organising and assessing the work of contractors
working with detailed diagrams, plans and drawings
using specialist computer-aided design (CAD) software and other resources to design the systems required for the project
using and developing BIM (building information modelling) to ensure systems are coordinated in a complex construction or refurbishment project
managing and forecasting spend, using whole life cycle costing techniques, ensuring that work is kept to budget and energy efficient systems are implemented
designing site-specific equipment as required
overseeing and supervising the installation of building systems and specifying maintenance and operating procedures
monitoring building systems and processes
making decisions about expired systems equipment and the appropriate location of new equipment
liaising closely with other professionals, including structural engineers, builders, architects and surveyors and in-house project teams
attending a range of project group and technical meetings
ensuring that the design and maintenance of building systems meets legislative and health and safety requirements
advising clients and architects on energy use and conservation in a range of buildings and sites, aiming to minimise the environmental impact and reduce the carbon footprint
working on a variety of projects within a short period of time

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Entry Requirements

A degree in one of the following subjects will be useful: building services engineering; built environment engineering; electrical engineering; energy engineering;
Engineering or technology HNDs/foundation degrees can fulfil all the academic requirements to become an engineering technician (EngTech), or part of the requirements to gain incorporated engineer (IEng) status. Appropriate further learning to degree level

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

a high level of technical and scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to practical problems
good analytical and problem-solving skills
strong mathematical ability
computer literacy
precise and concise written communication skills
time management
the ability to work under pressure
teamwork skills
attention to detail
the ability to liaise well with professionals from other disciplines
an interest in the design and structure of buildings
the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Graduate engineers: £26,000 - £28,000
Experienced building services engineers: £28,000 - £40,000
Senior building services engineers: £40,000 - £55,000+
Partners in a firm of consulting engineers or highly experienced building services engineers with chartered status: £55,000 - £80,000+
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