Degree subject Building Services Engineering
Job title Building Services Engineer
Employer Project Management Ltd
After doing general engineering courses in my first year of college, I became most interested in the building services aspect. I had an interest in architecture and was keen to work closely with architects, as I do now. My employer came to my college to do a presentation and I decided to apply to them. I started work there after graduating and now design heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for various buildings.
Much of my work is desk-based but I also attend co-ordination meetings with architects, structural engineers, building contractors and clients, and make regular site visits.
As part of the graduate training scheme run by my employer, I am working towards a qualification with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. This involves reporting annually on my experiences and the skills I have developed. I have also been assigned a mentor, a chartered engineer, who I can ask for advice and see on a daily basis. Other training and continuing professional development opportunities have included training in 3D simulation and project planning.
I'd advise students to apply for jobs early – definitely before graduating. And make sure that you follow up your application, so the employer is less likely to forget you.