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.
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:
Required and recommended school subjects: