Service engineers often assess, install and fix equipment or machinery. They work from client sites or remote locations to resolve or perform maintenance functions.
Who can I work for?
You could work for consultancies providing building services to residential and commercial properties, construction companies and local authorities.
Where and when can I work?
Sites include every type of building and working hours will often exceed typical office hours. Some maintenance work will take place in the evenings to minimise disruption to other people.
What can I earn?
Starting salaries typically range between £20,000 and £24,000. With experience, you can earn up to £35,000 and senior engineers can earn more than £45,000. Partners in a firm of consulting engineers can look to earn anything between £65,000 and £85,000.
What are the benefits?
Benefits are stipulated by the company but may include petrol, meal, travel and uniform allowance.
Are there chances of promotion?
You could go on to become a project engineer, associate engineer, partner or even director in a consultancy.
What will I be responsible for?
You will be responsible for commissioning, organising and assessing work, ensuring it is kept to budget, overseeing and supervising the installation of building systems and specifying maintenance and operating procedures, monitoring building systems and processes and ensuring that the design and maintenance of building systems meets legislative and health and safety requirements.
Do I need any experience?
Ideally you should have a qualification in the one of the following areas: building engineering, construction engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering.
What attributes are needed?
You will need to be thorough, self-motivated and confident and show that you are practical and highly adaptable. You should also have excellent organisational and communication skills and be a great team player.