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  • A man, wearing a hard hat, is crouching down in an enclosed space.  He is looking at some pipes and making notes on a notepad.

    Taking measurements of an existing system so that changes can be made to it.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, drawing on a large sheet of paper.

    Working on the design of building services for a new office block.

  • A man is sitting at a desk in an office.  He is speaking on a telephone and writing on a notepad.

    Telephoning a colleague to update her on the progress of the installation of a heating system.

Building Services Engineering Technician

Introduction

Building services engineering technicians help in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. This includes things such as:

  • central heating
  • air conditioning
  • water and power systems
  • lighting.

Also known as

  • Engineering Technician, Building Services
  • Environmental Engineering Technician

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Work Activities

Building services engineering technicians help building services engineers and other construction professionals in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. This includes:

  • heating and lighting
  • air conditioning
  • plumbing
  • ventilation
  • fire prevention.
Building services engineering technicians do things such as carry out surveys of existing buildings to find out their condition and to help recommend the services needed.

Building services engineering technicians may also:

  • estimate costs
  • check deliveries of materials on-site
  • examine installation work
  • write progress reports for building services engineers.

Building services engineering technicians may need to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a building services engineering technician, you should:

  • Have good IT skills and experience of using CAD software.
  • Be skilled at technical drawing.
  • Have a good understanding of maths and physics.
  • Be able to work well as part of a team.
  • Have an interest in how buildings are built.

All people working in the construction industry need to have awareness of the importance of health and safety.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

Building services engineering technicians earn in the range of £18,500 - £24,000, rising to £27,500 - £33,000 with experience.

Hours of work

Technicians work a basic 40-hour week. However, you may need to work at weekends and do call-outs out of normal working hours.

What's happening in this work area?

Construction has been hard hit by the recent recession and recruitment needs are expected to be met by the movement of the current workforce, rather than the recruitment of new staff. As a result, new employment opportunities are expected to be limited over the next few years.

However, this sector of the industry is at the forefront of the development of new environmental technologies, including renewable energy sources. This will be an area of growth, as the economy recovers. Qualified technicians are currently in short supply.

Where could I work?

Employers are consulting engineers who design systems, and large building services contractors who carry out design, installation, repair and maintenance work. Other employers are central and local government departments, small building firms and building suppliers.

Opportunities for building services engineering technicians occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK, and worldwide.

Where are vacancies advertised?

A good place to look for vacancies is the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Journal website.

Vacancies are also advertised on all the major job boards, on Universal Jobmatch, and at Jobcentre Plus.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You usually enter this job through applying directly to an employer following GCSEs (or equivalent) or A levels (or equivalent).

An Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeship is also great place to start.

Training

Training is usually a mixture of on-the-job training and day- or block-release to college.

This can lead to an Edexcel (BTEC) National Certificate, or HNC/HND in Building Services Engineering.

Edexcel, ABC Awards and City & Guilds all offer qualifications in building services engineering.

Progression

With further study and qualifications, you can qualify as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer.

Qualifications

To enter an Edexcel (BTEC) National course in Building Services Engineering, you will usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above. Useful subjects include English, Maths, Physics and Design and Technology.
To get onto an Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least five GCSEs at A* - C, including English and Maths, and possibly two A Levels.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A-level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Late entrants are often qualified or have skills gained in a related field of engineering or construction.

Courses

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers offers alternative routes to membership for adults with suitable skills.

Colleges will usually consider applications from candidates who do not meet their usual entry requirements. You should check the admissions policy of individual colleges.

Some people enter this career via a Building Services Engineering Technology Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

Statistics

  • 13% of building services engineering technicians work part-time.
  • 22% have flexible hours.

Further Information

Professional institutionsProfessional institutions have the following roles:

  • To support their members.
  • To protect the public by keeping standards high in their professions.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is the main professional institution for people working in building services engineering.

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

LGjobs

Local government vacancies

Website: www.lgjobs.com

Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 9178000

Email: info@skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Website: www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships

myjobscotland: Scottish local government vacancies

Scottish enquiries

Email: myjobscotland@cosla.gov.uk

Website: www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

The Engineer

Engineering technology news

Email: customerservices@theengineer.co.uk

Website: www.theengineer.co.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

City & Guilds

Address: 1 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DD

Tel: 020 7294 2468

Email: learnersupport@cityandguilds.com

Website: www.cityandguilds.com

CITB-ConstructionSkills

Skills for the construction industry

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Website: www.cskills.org

CITB NI

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, County Antrim BT29 4SR

Tel: 028 9082 5466

Email: info@citbcsni.org.uk

Website: www.citbcsni.org.uk

Construction Employers Federation (CEF)

Irish enquiries

Address: 143 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SU

Tel: 028 9087 7143

Email: mail@cefni.co.uk

Website: www.cefni.co.uk

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Tel: 0844 5768777

Website: www.cscs.uk.com

bConstructive

Publisher: CITB-ConstructionSkills

Tel: 0344 994 4010

Email: myapprenticeship@citb.co.uk

Website: www.bconstructive.co.uk

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Address: Lutyens House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 8NW

Tel: 01604 404121

Email: building.engineers@abe.org.uk

Website: www.abe.org.uk

Inside Careers

Specialists in graduate careers

Address: Unit 6, The Quad, 49 Atalanta Street, Fulham, London SW6 6TU

Tel: 020 7565 7900

Website: www.insidecareers.co.uk

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Address: 222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS

Tel: 020 8675 5211

Website: www.cibse.org

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Caldwell Consulting, 8 Lorne Street, Belfast BT9 7DU

Tel: 028 9066 9456

Email: mark@caldwellconsulting.net

Website: www.cibse.org

CIBSE Journal Jobs

Website: jobs.cibsejournal.com

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Engineer Jobs

Publisher: Venture Marketing Group

Email: ner@vmgl.com

Website: www.engineerjobs.co.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

SummitSkills

Skills for building services engineering sector

Address: Vega House, Opal Drive, Fox Milne, Milton Keynes MK15 0DF

Tel: 01908 303960

Email: enquiries@summitskills.org.uk

Website: www.summitskills.org.uk

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)

Address: The Priory, Stomp Road, Burnham, Buckinghamshire SL1 7LW

Tel: 01628 607800

Email: info@best-ltd.co.uk

Website: www.best-ltd.co.uk

Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES)

Address: Esca House, 34 Palace Court, London W2 4JG

Tel: 020 7313 4900

Website: www.b-es.org

Building Engineering Services Scotland

Scottish enquiries

Address: The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0SD

Tel: 0131 4455900

Email: scotland@best-ltd.co.uk

Website: www.best-ltd.co.uk

ABC Awards

Email: centresupport@abcawards.co.uk

Website: www.abcawards.co.uk

BPEC

Address: 2 Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8GX

Tel: 0845 6446558

Email: info@bpec.org.uk

Website: www.bpec.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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