• Construction

    NPA Building Services Engineering with Plumbing

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time 3 days - Monday, Tuesday Wednesday or Wednesday, Thursday Friday

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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 in this sector 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 get you started.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in a BSE environment, especially plumbing
  • Three National 4s or equivalent, including Maths and Physics OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

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 new course is part classroom/part workshop based. It’s seen as a pre-apprenticeship award, giving you practical skills and theoretical knowledge to help start your career in the BSE sector.

You’ll begin by learning about the ‘tools of the trade’ and how to use them to carry out basic operations in four main areas - plumbing; heating and ventilation; refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC); and electrical installations.

You’ll then develop your plumbing skills more, learning how to construct plastic waste pipes, compatible plastic water pipes and copper pipes. You’ll learn about hot and cold water systems in homes, and how to install a kitchen sink and bathroom appliances.

You’ll look at discharge systems and learn how to install gutters, rainwater pipes and plastic waste pipes. You’ll also develop skills in sheet lead weathering, to seal pipes penetrations in roofs.

Away from the workshop, you’ll study science and learn about the mechanical and electrical SI units (International System of Units) commonly used within the BSE sector.

You’ll also look at the different materials used in the industry, and the basic principles of heat, mechanics and electrical applications.

You’ll explore energy and the environment. You’ll learn about the main types and sources of energy; energy conservation within the BSE sector; and disposing of hazardous and non-hazardous material.

You’ll look at a wide range of health and safety aspects in the BSE industry, such as legislation, hazardous situations, working with gases and heat producing equipment, and working safely in excavations and confined spaces.

You’ll learn about the BSE workplace in general. Developing your employability skills, you’ll learn about the people, companies, contracts, procedures and practices.

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 6 course such as NC Building Services, NC Electrical Engineering or NC Built Environment.
  • 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




Start Date

27 Aug 2018




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