Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Jamie McCarthy-Fisher from Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Jamie McCarthy-Fisher

Art Studio Manager

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Read more...

  Jamie McCarthy-Fisher
Take your time making up your mind what it is you want to do in life.
Close

Investigative?
Investigative 
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
Career Interviews
Career Sectors
College Videos
Undergraduate Courses
Leaving Cert Subjects
Study Skills
Other
   
CV & Interview Preparation
School Work Experience
What employers want
Occupation Details
Search Options
logo imagelogo image

Engineer - Building Services

Job Zone

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

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€34k > 68 
Building Services Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€34 - 68 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
RecruitIreland / Brunel

Last Updated: June, 2010

* 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.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.
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. 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

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.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..   Building Services Engineer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Building services engineer - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Building Services Technician - from:  icould [UK] Video

Contactsheader image

bullet

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

bullet

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

bullet

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


Job Search


Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Realist  Administrative  Investigative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Building, Construction & Property
Civil/Public Service, Local Government & Politics

Course suggestions from Qualifax - the National Learners Database
Go..


CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following CAO / HETAC courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 100
Architecture
UCD (NUI)
Architecture
DIT
Architecture
University of Limerick
Architecture (Joint UCC and CIT)
UCC (NUI)
Design - Interior and Furniture
DIT
Interior Architecture
Cork Institute of Technology
Interior Architecture
Griffith College. Dublin
Architectural Technology
Galway-Mayo IT
Architectural Technology
Galway-Mayo IT
Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack)
Galway-Mayo IT
Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack)
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction (Health & Safety) - Discontinued
Limerick IT
Project and Construction Management
NUI Galway
Architecture
Waterford IT
Interior Architecture
IT Sligo
Interior Architecture
Cork Institute of Technology
Civil Engineering
Galway-Mayo IT
Renewable Energy and Energy Management - Discontinued
Tralee IT
Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology
IT Sligo
Advanced Wood Technology and Sustainable Construction
Tralee IT
Architectural Technology
DIT
Architectural Technology
Waterford IT
Architectural Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Architectural Technology
Galway-Mayo IT
Architectural Technology
IT Carlow
Architectural Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Architectural Technology
IT Carlow
Architectural Technology - Cancelled
Letterkenny IT
Building Energy Systems
Cork Institute of Technology
Building Services and Renewable Energy
Letterkenny IT
Building Services Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology
Building Services Engineering
Waterford IT
Building Services Engineering
DIT
Building Surveying
Dundalk IT
Civil and Environmental Engineering
UCC (NUI)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tralee IT
Civil Engineering
IT Sligo
Civil Engineering
Limerick IT
Civil Engineering
IT Carlow
Civil Engineering
University of Limerick
Civil Engineering
Galway-Mayo IT
Civil Engineering
Athlone IT
Civil Engineering
IT Carlow
Civil Engineering
Waterford IT
Civil Engineering
IT Sligo
Civil Engineering
Athlone IT
Civil Engineering
NUI Galway
Civil Engineering
DIT
Civil Engineering
Letterkenny IT
Civil Engineering
IT Sligo
Civil Engineering
Galway-Mayo IT
Civil Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology
Civil Engineering - Cancelled
IT Carlow
Civil Engineering Management
Limerick IT
Construction
Cork Institute of Technology
Construction - Buildings and Services Management
IT Carlow
Construction - Cancelled
Tralee IT
Construction and Fire Technology - Discontinued
Letterkenny IT
Construction Cost Management
IT Sligo
Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Management
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Management
DIT
Construction Management
Cork Institute of Technology
Construction Management
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Management
Limerick IT
Construction Management
Galway-Mayo IT
Construction Management and Engineering
University of Limerick
Construction Management and Engineering
Waterford IT
Construction Practice
Limerick IT
Construction Studies
Limerick IT
Construction Technology
Dundalk IT
Construction Technology
IT Carlow
Engineering
TCD
Engineering (General Entry)
DIT
Engineering - Civil Engineering
Dundalk IT
Engineering - Open Opportunities
DCU
Facilities and Energy Management
IT Carlow
Fire Safety Engineering
Letterkenny IT
Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack)
Galway-Mayo IT
Planning and Environmental Management
DIT
Quantity Surveying
IT Carlow
Quantity Surveying
Limerick IT
Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics
DIT
Structural Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology
Structural Engineering With Architecture
UCD (NUI)
Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy
Limerick IT
Wood Science and Technology
University of Limerick
Materials and Architectural Technology with concurrent Teacher Education
University of Limerick
Construction Management in Refurbishment and Maintenance at Castlebar
Galway-Mayo IT
Energy Engineering
Dundalk IT
Energy Engineering
UCC (NUI)
Craft Technology Mechanical Services
Cork Institute of Technology
Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack)
Galway-Mayo IT
Arts (subject option: Archaeology)
NUI Galway
Arts (subject option: Archaeology)
UCC (NUI)
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Asset Management - Cancelled
Limerick IT
Sustainable Energy Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology
Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping)
DIT