Building Services Design Technician Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

A building services design technician provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of 3D models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings. Their work typically includes systems such as renewable technologies, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, controls and lifts. Buildings and infrastructure take on many forms from newly built facilities to the refurbishment of premises for every sector of industry. As design technicians they could be working under supervision in a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

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What you will learn
  • Using computer aided design (CAD) and other software
  • Project planning
  • Managing budgets and work schedules
  • Safe working practices
  • How to respond to site queries
Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to be completing work based learning with an employer and paid a wage. 

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

  • Heating & ventilation workshop
  • Electrical workshop
  • Welding workshop
  • CAD suite
  • Laboratories
  • Off-site surveying
  • Extensive research facilities
Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Candidates will typically have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C including Maths (grade 6/B), English and Science or their equivalent. Prior experience in building services will be considered.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 36 months
  • Campus:
What next?

On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress to Level 4 or 5 in Building Services Engineering or to a wide range of employment opportunities.

Possible careers

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Projects Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
Additional information

Information for Employers

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.

The EPA is a ‘project’ to include a written report on a chosen project (1400 – 1600 words), presentation of the same project to an audience of appointed registered engineers (10 -15 mins) and a structured interview (panel of engineers) on the same project (30-40mins).

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