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Building Services Engineering Craftsperson - Level 3

Designing, installing and servicing engineering systems used to heat large buildings like factories and hospitals.


Building Services Engineering Craftsperson

(Previously referred to as: Heating and Ventilating (H&V) Craftsman; H&V Fitter; H&V Fitter/Welder; H&V Pipefitter; Mechanical Services Fitter)

Occupational profile:

Building Services Engineering makes buildings work.  It is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Craftspersons undertake the installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning of large-scale engineering systems which are used for heating workplaces such as those found in industrial and commercial buildings like office blocks, factories, schools and hospitals. These engineering systems operate by moving temperature-controlled water around the inside of buildings, providing heating and cooling, and utilise fossil fuels and sustainable energy systems.

Craftspersons have detailed knowledge of the system’s operating principles. They also:

set, identify and establish the requirements of the job, whether from drawings or client’s other instructions;

  • liaise and work with other trades, suppliers and clients, as appropriate;

  • solve problems within the scope of the work they carry out;

  • undertake work to comply with all relevant standards;

  • plan and monitor work programmes for installing, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning systems;

  • contribute to adjusting the configuration of systems as they are installed.

They are able to demonstrate competence in the health and safety, communication, quality control and environmental requirements appropriate to their scope of work.

Craftspersons are able to work within new build construction sites and existing buildings on their own, proficiently and without supervision, in the most efficient and economical manner. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others.


Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Typically, most candidates will have English and Mathematics at level 2 and Information Communications Technology (ICT) level 1 on entry. All will have achieved English at level 2, Mathematics at level 2 and ICT at level 1 by the end of the apprenticeship. Additionally, all apprentices must achieve the Level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson qualification prior to undertaking the end-point synoptic assessment with an independent assessment organisation. This is currently under development.

Special Notes:

If an apprentice candidate does not have the relevant English, maths or ICT, Choice Training can embed the relevant skills required at no extra cost to the Employer.

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