Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Building services engineers install, maintain, and often design the systems that make buildings safe, convenient and comfortable. As a building services engineer, you could be installing or servicing equipment in buildings such as offices, hospitals or shopping centres.
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You can get into this job through a variety of routes, including a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card to work on a construction site.
You could become a building services engineer by studying for a degree accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Relevant subjects include:
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll usually require:
You could take a course at your local college which would enable you to join a company as a trainee building services engineer. Such courses include:
You may need:
You could complete a higher apprenticeship for building services engineering technicians or building energy management controls engineers. You could also do a building services design engineer degree apprenticeship.
You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You may be able to find work as a building services technician and complete qualifications on-the-job, or part-time with a training provider to become a building services engineer.
You may be able to apply directly for a job as a building services engineer if you have some experience in an engineering trade. Relevant engineering experience from other industries is highly valued by employers. Skills in electrical, mechanical, environmental, acoustic, or power engineering would be held in high regard.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a building services engineer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a building services engineer include:
As a building services engineer you will be responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the planning, design, monitoring, and inspection of systems within buildings such as offices, homes and hospitals. You may spend time working in an office, or on-site.
The role of a building services engineer involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a building services engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a building services engineer, you could gain experience and move into senior project management, quantity surveying, or engineering design. You could also work as a consultant.
Once you are fully qualified, you could apply for chartered status to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) or another construction engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council. This would improve your job prospects and help you progress in your career.