Building Services Engineering Major – Bachelor of Engineering Technology

As cities around the world expand and become more densely populated, buildings are increasingly complex. The demand for buildings with high-quality services engineered into their design has also grown. Building services engineers have substantial input into the design and development of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, ancillary systems (including multimedia and data) and building management. They could also be involved in the maintenance and repair of existing building services.

The Building Services Engineering major is designed to provide industry with skilled building service engineers for the commercial property sector. It focuses on mechanical and electrical building services, as well as ancillary and support systems that are key for high-quality commercial buildings.

Key features

  • Offered at the AUT South Campus
  • High demand for building services engineering skills
  • Hands-on building services, maintenance and engineering experience
  • Real life experience working in building services companies

Career opportunities

  • Building services technician
  • Building energy management
  • HVAC specialist
  • Building ancillary systems specialist
  • Commercial property management
  • Middle management


Year 1
This major shares some of the first year with the other majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. You develop skills in essential construction technology and materials, as well as generic engineering skills.

Level 4:
ENGE401 Engineering Mathematics (15 points)

Level 5:
ENEL501 Electrical Engineering Principles (15 points)
ENEL506 Elements of Power Engineering (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENME500 Introduction to Thermofluids and Energy (15 points)
ENME505 Engineering Mechanics - Statics I (15 points)
ENME506 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics I (15 points)
ENSE500 Computer Applications for Engineers (15 points)

Year 2
You become familiar with design, design implementation as well as core technologies in building services. This year also introduces building services engineering specific knowledge in electrical and
mechanical engineering. Papers this year also introduce you to management, cost engineering and project management.

Level 5:
ENBU501 Construction Design and Implementation (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)

Level 6:
ENBU604 Construction Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENEL614 Electrical Building Services (15 points)
ENME602 Engineering Design Methodology (15 points)
ENME604 Fluid Mechanics (15 points)
ENME610 Strength of Materials I (15 points)
ENME615 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (15 points)

Year 3
This year covers multiple aspects of advanced building services, mechanics, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning. You also complete a compulsory integration specialisation project. You also complete the compulsory integration specialisation project. You work as part of team, undertaking the role of a building services engineer to develop building services specifications and plans, working alongside students from other construction disciplines.

Level 6:
ENBU612 Ancillary Building Systems (15 points)

Level 7:
ENBU704 Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Systems (HAVC) (15 points)
ENBU711 Building Energy Management (15 points)
ENBU795 Construction Integration Specialisation Project (30 points)

SELECT a further 45 points from the elective options listed below (including at least 15 points from Level 7 papers):

Level 5:
ENEL508 Introduction to Illumination Engineering (15 points)

Level 6:
ENEL615 Illumination Engineering (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENME611 Mechanics - Dynamics II (15 points)

Level 7:
ENBU708 Construction Engineering Management II (15 points)
ENBU709 Asset and Facilities Management II (15 points)
ENME702 Mechanical Design (15 points)
ENME706 Control Engineering (15 points)
ENME709 Strength of Materials II (15 points)
ENME715 Advanced Thermodynamics (15 points)

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 30-Nov-2016 8.54am

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