Building services engineers are responsible for the electrical, mechanical and health and safety aspects of new buildings, ensuring that these services perform effectively and efficiently.
The role includes the design and maintenance of air conditioning, elevators and other mechanical systems, the distribution of electricity and water supply and the provision of lighting and heating, among many other areas.
Building services engineers are responsible, in short, for all the functional characteristics of a building that take it from being an empty shell to a comfortable living space.
While health and safety features, such as emergency procedures and security, are of high priority, the environmental sustainability and cost-effectiveness of buildings are increasingly vital considerations in the industry.
Building services engineering projects can vary widely from designing the air filtration system in a forensic lab to engineering the flood lights in a sports stadium. While the role is predominantly office based it also requires site visits. The frequency of these visits will depend largely on the type and nature of the project.
Similarly, while hours are typically 9.00am to 5.00pm, they can stretch into the evening where the project demands it. Time management skills are vital, as is a degree of flexibility to deal with any last minute problems that may arise.