Building Services Engineer in United States

at a Confidential Company

Construction / Real Estate
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
Entry Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Building Services Engineer Job Description

*Building services engineers advise about, design, install and maintain cost-effective and energy efficient systems for building services such as water, lighting, heating, air conditioning, lifts, telecoms etc.

*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.

Duties and Responsibilities

*Designing the layout of energy distribution, water pipes and ventilation systems.

*Assessing whether a site is suitable for construction.

*Identifying the materials and equipment to be used in the various systems.

*Drawing up plans, writing briefs and reporting on progress.

*Carrying out tests on systems and making changes to plans where necessary.

*Monitoring the installation of services and managing their maintenance once the building is completed.

*Making sure that all building services meet health and safety requirements and environmental legislation.

*Negotiating contracts with clients, particularly in consultancy work.

*Liaising with plumbers, electricians, surveyors, architectural technologists and other construction professionals.

*Giving presentations and writing reports, advising on the functional aspects of buildings and highlighting the practical implications of the architect's designs.

*Promoting energy efficiency and other sustainability issues.

*Managing teams of people and working closely with them to get the work completed on time and to a high standard.

*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.

Skills and Specifications

*Excellent problem-solving skills and analytical thinking.

*An eye for detail and good design.

*Excellent numarcy and a good level of scientific understanding.

*Strong communication skills, particularly oral/interpersonal skills.

*Excellent people and time management skills.

*The ability to work well both as part of a team, and on your own initiative.

*Strong technical drawing skills.

*Good IT skills and a familiarity with industry-specific software and modelling programmes.
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