Building Services Engineer

Building services engineers are responsible for ensuring the cost-effective, environmentally sound and sustainable design and maintenance of engineering services in buildings. Their areas of responsibility include all equipment and materials involved with lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical and IT cable distribution, water supply, sanitation, public health, fire protection, safety systems, lifts, escalators, facade engineering and acoustics.
Building services engineers are at the cutting-edge of designing, developing and managing new technologies that integrate into existing systems and services. Whilst the role increasingly demands a multidisciplinary approach, building services engineers have underlining disciplines in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.  

Job Details
Work Details: 

Activities vary according to the specialist area of work and employer (for example, client/end-user, building contractor or engineering consultancy).
However, tasks typically involve:

  • negotiating and developing project contracts and agreeing these with clients, if working in consultancy, and putting out tenders;
  • commissioning, organising and assessing the work of contractors;
  • working with detailed diagrams, plans and drawings;
  • using specialist computer-aided design (CAD) software and other resources to design the systems required for the project;
  • managing and forecasting spend, using whole life cycle costing techniques, ensuring that work is kept to budget;
  • designing site-specific equipment as required;
  • overseeing and supervising the installation of building systems and specifying maintenance and operating procedures;
  • monitoring building systems and processes;
  • making decisions about expired systems equipment and the appropriate location of new equipment;
  • liaising closely with other professionals, including structural engineers, builders, architects and surveyors, and in-house project teams;
  • attending a range of project group and technical meetings;
  • ensuring that the design and maintenance of building systems meets legislative and health and safety requirements;
  • advising clients and architects on energy use and conservation in a range of buildings and sites, aiming to minimise the environmental impact and reduce the carbon footprint;
  • working on a variety of projects within a short period of time.


Entry / Training Requirements: 

A university degree or a higher national diploma in electrical or mechanical engineering from a recognised tertiary institution that offers the course, or an engineering degree in any related field is a good foundation. A knowledge of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software programs which assists in system design and analysis can give any applicant an edge for employment.

Post graduate study is not a bad option, but more important is to sit for professional certifying examinations. Becoming a registered engineer helps your practice.

Minimum Educational Level: 
Higher National Diploma
Job Level: 
Supervisory / Middle Management
Job Level: 
Professional / Managerial
Salary Range Per Annum: 
1,000,000 - 3,000,000
Salary Range Per Annum: 
3,000,000 - 5,000,000
Salary Range Per Annum: 
5,000,000 - 8,000,000
Work Experience: 

Building Services Engineers tend to specialise in one of the following areas:
Electrical engineering;
Mechanical engineering;
Public Health.

Licenses/Professional Certifications: 
Membership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers

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