As the number of current construction and engineering projects continues to grow worldwide, the demand for building services engineers currently outstrips supply.
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), this course provides direct entry to the second year of an ‘honours degree’ programme, an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification. It is primarily designed for part-time students already working in the industry, who wish to build on an existing Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification or equivalent and are seeking to become a professional qualified engineer.
With an emphasis on engineering practice and its role within the construction industry, our course reflects the interdisciplinary and global nature of the construction industry, providing you with an understanding of how professionals need to work together to ensure that modern buildings are constructed economically, efficiently and in a sustainable way.
The course aims to equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge to take on a specialist role managing the design or construction of building services and energy conservation in buildings.
Why choose this course?
To meet the ambitious targets set by Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, it is predicted that around 12,000 more low carbon design and construction specialists will be needed each year.
This professionally accredited course aims to equip you with the knowledge, technical and practical skills and techniques required for a successful career as a building services engineer, able to respond to environmental and ethical considerations, while taking into consideration relevant social and economic implications too.
We enjoy a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education.
You will have the chance to study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building, its environmentally-led design classed as ‘Excellent’ by BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. The building provides a dynamic learning experience: as well as incorporating a range of sustainable technologies, including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers, all the services are exposed so you can study the forces at work on the concrete and steel and see how services wind their way around the building. The main plant room also has a high-level gangway that enables you to look down on the biomass and gas boilers and other equipment.
Our course has developed over the years with input from and in consultation with our network of industry partners and professional organisations, which includes the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, CPWP, WSP Group, Interserve, NG Bailey and Morgan-Sindal. Members of staff from these organisations also contribute with guest lectures and collaborative research projects to ensure you stay abreast of current professional practice.
International experience opportunities
There is the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year between the second and final year – either studying or working abroad. This will give you an international perspective to your studies and future career as a building services engineer. In the past, students on this course have worked in Building services consultancies in Australia, Dubai and United State of America. Others have used our links with universities in other countries, such as Malaysia, Oman, Canada and the European Union, to study abroad.
Pay and conditions in the construction engineering professions are excellent with a global shortage of experts in sustainable energy systems.
On successful completion of this programme, your skills should be in demand by national and international consultants and contractors and engaged in the design, construction and development of modern, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.
You could go on to work for design consultancies, major building contractors, building services contractors, manufacturers of equipment, local authorities, government departments, hospitals, factories or power stations. You may be involved in the design, installation or maintenance of systems and will be able to make a significant difference to the environment by ensuring that modern buildings are designed, constructed and operated in energy-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally friendly ways.