How to become a Building services engineering technician
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
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”.
What does a Building services engineering technician do?
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.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019