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Engineer - Building Services

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€25k > 55 
Building Services Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 55 
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Last Updated: May, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Work on the design, installation, maintenance and manufacturing of systems associated with buildings and the built environment.


The Work header image

Building services engineers design building services systems. They also supervise their installation and operation. These systems include air conditioning, heating, lighting and power, lifts, ventilation, refrigeration and fume control and clean room technology. They estimate costs and materials, co ordinate the work of others. They are also involved in the testing of installations and inspecting equipment and the work of others.  
 
Certain types of buildings need complex building services. For example, computer rooms need precise controls of temperature and humidity, hospital operating theatres must be completely sterile and factories must prevent any harmful fumes from going into the atmosphere. Office buildings, swimming pools, cold stores, museums and leisure centres also have particular requirements that building services engineers need to meet. 

Some building services engineers are mainly office based as they specialise in design work. They work closely with the architect, the customer and other members of the design team to prepare a design for a building project. This includes all drawings and detailed specifications for use by the contractor on-site. They often use computer-aided design (CAD) packages for this work.  
 
Designs must meet environmental needs, use energy efficiently and meet the budget set by the customer. Engineers need overall knowledge of the full range of building services, although they usually specialise in either mechanical services or lighting/electrical services.  
 
Building services engineers maintain close links with other professionals such as the construction manager and the surveyor to decide how many staff are needed and to work out costs. They supervise the installation of the building services and inspect the quality of the work, dealing with any problems that arise. 


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As a building services engineer, you should be a good team worker as you will work closely with various construction professionals. You should also be a good communicator as you have to explain ideas and designs to other members of the team. You also need a creative and enquiring mind and an ability to solve problems. You should be mathematically and technically minded. You need to be reliable and efficient and have good management skills.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: cif@cif.ie
  Url www.cif.ie
   

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Organisation: Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers - CIBSE
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  Email: contact@cibseireland.org
  Url www.cibse.org
   

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
  Email: info@engineers.ie
  Url www.engineersireland.ie
   

 

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