Building Services

Building Services


There’s more to a building than just the walls and roof. Lighting, electricity supply, heating and air conditioning are all important, as are lifts and escalators, and good acoustics. Building services engineers work alongside architects and construction teams to make sure each building has all the services that it needs in order to provide a comfortable place to live, work or play.

Green buildings – buildings that have a lower environmental impact because of smarter lighting, heating and air-conditioning designs – are increasingly popular. Building services engineers are an important part of greener building methods, and can be involved in designing solar water heating, sensor-controlled lighting and water conservation systems.

  • Electrical engineers make sure that electricity is supplied safely throughout buildings, help estimate costs and may be involved in supervising electricians and other electrical tradespeople.
  • Mechanical engineers design heating, ventilation and air conditioning services (HVAC), lifts and escalators, and may be involved in overseeing the installation of building systems and specifying maintenance and operating schedules.
  • Acoustic engineers control unwanted noise and design spaces such as concert halls and lecture theatres.

Building services engineers are generally employed by engineering consultancy firms, but may also work for multidisciplinary construction companies or for large facilities such as hospitals.

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
  • Physics (required for engineering pathways)
  • English
  • Technology subjects, especially Design & Visual Communication, Construction & Mechanical Technologies

Job roles in this industry

  • Acoustic Engineer

    Acoustic Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Engineering Technician

    Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • BVT
    BVT
    Aurecon
    Aurecon
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    Marshall Day Acoustics
    LHTDesign
    LHTDesign
  • AECOM
    AECOM
    GHD
    GHD
    Opus International Consultants
    Opus International Consultants
    Beca
    Beca

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