• Engineering

    NC Building Services

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


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Building services engineering (BSE) is part of the construction industry which covers housing, commercial premises (like shops, hotels or offices) and industrial buildings (like factories or warehouses). BSE centres on the design and installation of systems in buildings to make them safe, comfortable, functional and efficient. This includes heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services.

The building services installer is often the main contractor on projects, whether it’s new build or refurbishment. People with good skills can find themselves in high demand, so if you invest in your abilities now, you could have a great future ahead!

Our building services courses offer you practical skills and theory which match the needs of employers in the BSE sector. Ayrshire College is also recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Construction Industry Training Board. Fully equipped with industry standard kits, there really is no better place for men and women to come and learn about construction!

If you’re interested in a career in BSE, this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in a BSE environment
  • Four National 5s or equivalent, including Maths and ideally Physics, English or
  • Design and Manufacture OR a relevant NC or NPA course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as NPA Building Services Engineering with Plumbing or Introduction to Electrical Engineering with Renewables
  • An interview with us, including a group test

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life and work experience and are really keen, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course develops your BSE skill set to a high level, to prepare you for further study or starting your career.

We'll help you develop your skills for employment, such as working as part of a team or creating a CV to get you noticed.

You’ll be introduced to construction technology and design for domestic homes and commercial buildings. This includes planning and production, primary services and utilities such as gas, electricity and water.

You’ll learn about technologies relevant to all types of buildings, such as heating, plumbing, and electrical and electronic. You’ll also look at specialist technologies for commercial buildings, such as refrigeration, and air conditioning and ventilation.

You’ll look at what’s involved in PV (PhotoVoltaic) arrays - more commonly known as solar panels - and will study science relevant to the BSE industry, including the flow of fluids by pumps or fans, heat transfer and fuel combustion.

You’ll learn how to manage a construction project successfully, including planning and controlling resources such as physical, human and financial. You’ll also explore health, safety and welfare in the BSE industry.

You’ll learn about graphic detailing such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques, and develop your IT skills, including software application packages relevant to an engineering environment. You’ll also develop your maths knowledge and how to apply maths in an engineering context.

If you work hard throughout the session, you’ll also have a great opportunity to go on a work experience placement with an approved local employer.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a relevant Level 7 course such as HNC Construction Management, HNC Electrical Engineering or HNC Mechanical EngineeringUndertaking the Level 6 course City and Guilds Wind Turbine Technician
  • Seeking to start your career with an apprenticeship in a BSE sector such as plumbing, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical, and electro technical.


  • In demand - discover why now’s the right time for a career in construction: here
  • Is it for me? - find out more about what’s involved working as a building services engineer: here
  • Give it your best shot - see our tips on preparing for an interview in engineering or construction: here

Start Date

27 Aug 2018