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Building Services Design Technician (L3) Standard Apprenticeship


Type: Full Time

Subject: Construction


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

36 months


Level 3

Who is it for


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Do you enjoy developing a wide range of skills in design and drawing using technical equipment?
Are you currently working within the field and looking to upskill?

A building services design technician Apprentice provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of three dimensional models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings taking into account, where appropriate, pre–fabrication techniques. 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.

A design technician's work could also involve:
Analysis – using appropriate software and simulation systems to solve technical problems.
Project delivery – contributing to planning, managing work schedules, budgets and deadlines working as a member of a team.
Site engineering – operating quality systems and Health, Safety and Risk Management procedures, progress monitoring, see that installations generally comply with the design intent, responding to site queries, commissioning and post occupancy evaluations.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship is you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

What will I need

Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English and Maths.
A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

The different techniques and methods used to design building engineering services projects.
The appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles relating to the design of building engineering services projects.
How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time.
How to communicate effectively using a range of techniques.
The code of conduct of relevant professional bodies and institutions including ethics and their application in design and delivery of projects.
Safe working practices and how to comply with the Understanding of regulations such as Construction, Design and Management (CDM), hazard identification, and risk mitigation.
Sustainable development and their own contribution to economic, environmental and social wellbeing.
Sources of and approaches to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

A Building Services Design Technician will be able to:
Select and use appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles, techniques and methods to contribute to the design and delivery of building engineering services projects.
Work with others to contribute to produce integrated engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time.
Manage and maintain the quality of their work and that of others.
Communicate effectively and appropriately with others using a range of techniques.
Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices.
Maintain their skills base and learning.

Take a responsible approach to health and safety.
Be professional, proactive and receptive to constructive advice and guidance.
Be willing to learn new skills and to adapt in the light of experience.
Know one's limitations and when to ask for help or escalate.
Work independently when appropriate and take responsibility for and pride in their work.
Demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving.
Show an ability to contribute to discussions as part of a team.

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams, practical observations and End–Point Assessment.

What can this course lead to

Successful Apprentices can progress onto Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeship, additional full time education. Qualified candidates can progress into full time employment, possible job roles could include: Estimator, Buyer, Planner and Surveyor.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Being a Construction Technical Apprentice involves working with technical information and exact measurements therefore a good attention to detail is a must. You will be working a minimum of 30 hours a week in various locations across the country, this will vary dependent on workloads. You may need to think about how you will get to your place of employment and the travel costs. As an Apprentice you will be working in a variety of environments and weather conditions. 

Your employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour for Apprentices under 19 or over 19s in during their first year as an Apprentice, although many Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training

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