Building energy management systems controls engineer

Building energy management systems controls engineer

Designing the systems that control heating, air conditioning and renewables

Building energy management systems are implemented in buildings with mechanical, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and electrical systems to enable energy efficient control of the internal environment. As an apprentice controls engineer, you’ll be involved initially with designing the building energy management system that controls the building services, such as heating, air conditioning and renewables. You may also be asked to write related software and graphics, as well as install and commission such systems. Another key area is connecting and integrating with other building systems, such as security, to create ‘Smart Buildings’. This role is focused on the control, performance and efficiency of energy usage and comfort control in industrial, commercial or public buildings of a diverse nature. You will learn an understanding of these environments and the balance between cost, comfort, safety, health and wellbeing.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: DT, science, engineering and ICT

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher) – equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £35,000

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