Building services engineering technicians help engineers design, plan and install electrical and mechanical systems within buildings.
The Role
  • Drawing up material specifications, drafting plans and supervising the installation of building components.
  • Work in a team with other technicians and be managed by a lead project engineer.
  • Projects you work on would likely be varied, and could include assisting with the creation and installation of varied components (such as Heating, Lighting, Ventilation, Air-conditioning, Electrical distribution, Water supply, Sanitation, Public health, Fire protection, Safety systems, Lifts, Escalators, Facade engineering, Acoustics).
  • The working week is normally 40 hours per week, though this may include some evenings and weekends. Your work environment would be a mix of being in the office and being on-site.
  • Newly trained building services engineering technicians can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience building services engineering technicians can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Building services engineering technicians can gain Chartership but will then become Chartered Engineers working within building services. They can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
One of the most direct ways to become an building services engineering technician is to complete an HND in one of the following subjects:
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Electrical or Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Physics
  • Maths
Alternatively, you could complete an apprenticeship in this field. For example, the Advanced Apprenticeship for Building Services Engineers. In Scotland entry requirements for the HNC/HND are usually 1-2 Highers whether you opt to go to college full-time or part-time.  Maths is normally preferred.  For the part-time study route you would need to apply to employers directly to “Earn while you Learn”.