How to Enter
To become a Building Services Engineer, it’s recommended to complete a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE), specialising in Mechanical Engineering. This qualification can take two years of full-time study to complete. Once on the job, a Building Services Engineer can work towards completing the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP), which leads to a certification as an Engineering Technician with the Institution of Professional Engineers of NZ.
The day-to-day responsibilities of a Building Services Engineer can include any of the following:
Overseeing the installing and maintenance of building machinery, such as ventilation, heating and air-conditioning units
Making recommendations on how to improve machinery
Calculating costs and amount of equipment required
Providing advice on installing equipment and machinery
Testing and monitoring building equipment and machinery
Preparing contracts and contacting suppliers and vendors
Planning and providing advice on building equipment and machinery maintenance work
Supervising and working with staff on site or at power and manufacturing plants
With hard work and determination, Building Services Engineers can progress towards supervisory roles with relative ease. However, these Engineers can also choose to further specialise in areas such as Air-conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Manufacturing, Heavy Machinery and Power Generation.
Entry: 40K – 45K per annum (NZD)
Experienced (4+ years): 60K – 80K per annum (NZD)