Building services engineers install, maintain and often design the systems that make buildings safe, convenient and comfortable.
- Newly trained building services engineerss can earn in the region of £20,000 - £25,000
- Trained with experience building services engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
- Senior, chartered or master building services engineers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £55,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
The most direct route into this work is with a relevant three-year honours degree in one of the following:
- Building services engineering
- Building environment engineering
- Electrical or electronic engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Physics and applied physics
To get on to a degree course you usually need at least two A-levels or Highers, preferably in maths and science subjects. Other relevant qualifications may be accepted, either on their own or in combination with A-levels. These include AS levels, BTEC National and BTEC Higher National qualifications, Welsh Advanced Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate or a foundation degree.
You can then apply for chartered status to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) or another construction engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council.
To become an incorporated building services engineer you must have significant experience and spent several years as a building services engineer at a senior level, and would normally be expected to hold a relevant degree and associated industry qualifications.