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Building Services Engineering Technician

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€26k > 39
Building Services Engineering Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€26 - 39
Related Information:
Building Services CAD Technician: 26 - 39
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Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* 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.
9%
Occupational Category

Electrical, Electronic & Engineering Technicians

Also included in this category:

Installation engineers (electricity supplier); manufacturing technicians.

Number Employed:

7,800

Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 91 / 9%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 72%
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Building services engineering technicians help in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. Services include central heating, air conditioning and lighting.


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Building services engineering technicians help building services engineers in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. These services include heating, air conditioning, plumbing, ventilation, lighting and power, communications and fire prevention.  

Building services engineering technicians carry out surveys of existing buildings to find out their condition and to help recommend the services needed. They use draughting skills to design layouts such as service pipes in an office block, or to make minor changes to an existing heating system.

Most building services engineering technicians use computer-aided design (CAD) to carry out this work. (A chartered building services engineer usually does large-scale or complex designs.)

Building services engineering technicians may also estimate costs, check deliveries of materials on-site, examine installation work and write progress reports for building services engineers. They assess the feasibility and implications of existing plans. They also test systems and carry out routine inspections of equipment. You would also be required to keep up to date with EU directives.  
 
Building services engineering technicians may need to work outdoors in all weather conditions.


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As a building services engineering technician you must be skilled at technical drawing, have a good understanding of maths and physics and enjoy solving technical problems. You also need good communication skills and must be able to work as part of a team.  
 
You need to be physically fit as you will spend a lot of time on your feet and may need to climb ladders. Good normal or corrected colour vision is generally required.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 406 6000
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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
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