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Building services engineering technicians help engineers design, plan and install electrical and mechanical systems within buildings. This could be brand new developments or improving existing ones.


Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Building services engineering technicians help engineers design, plan and install electrical and mechanical systems within buildings. These could be brand new developments or improving existing ones. 

What they do

As a building services engineering technician you play an important role in the creation of a building.This role involves drawing up material specifications, drafting plans and supervising the installation of building components.

You would likely 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:

  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electrical distribution
  • Water supply
  • Sanitation
  • Public health
  • Fire protection
  • Safety systems
  • Lifts
  • Escalators
  • Facade engineering
  • Acoustics

Hours & Salary:

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 £10,000 - £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. 


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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. An advantage of completing an apprenticeship is you will get “hands-on” experience from the get-go, which many construction employers really value. 

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”. Please visit the SDS World of Work website for more information about this job role.

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Indeed

Reed

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes building services engineering technicians) to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Scotland.

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