Building Services Design Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Building Services Design Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

The Building Services Design Engineering Level 6 apprenticeship develops the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a Construction Design career. A Building Services Design Engineer will manage a team of engineers and technicians and will collaborate with other construction professionals to design the various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects. The work typically includes systems such as renewable and emerging technologies, energy management, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, water services, building management systems, life-safety systems, communications and building transportation (e.g. lifts). Buildings and infrastructure take on many forms from newly built facilities to the refurbishment of premises for every sector of industry. As building services design engineers you could be working in a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

Building Services Design Engineers will undertake the technical and commercial management of projects which provide engineering design solutions to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community. They will ensure that business, client and end user needs are taken into account and work within financial and safety constraints. They will employ current and emerging technology to produce innovative engineering design solutions for development, manufacture and construction.



20% of the apprenticeship must be done away from the apprentices’ work to count towards their off-the-job training – this can be a mix of face to face and virtual classrooms, projects, distance learning and meetings with their dedicated Learning and Development Coach.

Key Information

Awarding Body:

Synergy University Russia

Duration of Study:

8 Semesters


BSc. Building Services Engineering

Language of Instruction:

English Language

Study Type:


Credits Points:

240 points

  • Module Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Career Objectives
  • Tuition Fees


Topics covered Includes:

  • Building Practice – Building Services
  • Design Studies (Building)
  • Construction Technology and Building Materials
  • Academic and Professional Development Skills
  • Construction Technology and Building Science
  • Mathematics for Building Services Engineering
  • Building Services Systems
  • Fluid-dynamics for Building Services Engineering
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Analysis
  • Electrical and Fire Engineering Systems
  • Refrigeration Engineering and Low Energy Cooling
  • Principles and Practice of Low Carbon Buildings
  • Building Services in Practice and Context
  • Building Systems Simulation and Evaluation


Eligibility for Building Services Design Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Apprentices must meet the following criteria:

  • To be at least 16 years old
  • Be a holder of an A ‘Level GCE Certificate, a pass in mathematics and physics or any two sciences is an advantage
  • The right to live and work in Cameroon and other African Countries
  • To be able to commit to a full-time job plus the apprenticeship training


The person you’ll become at the end of the apprenticeship will be able to:

  • Use a sound, evidence-based approach to problem solving to develop building services engineering design solutions which maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community and meet client, financial and safety objectives. Examples included: Use feedback from previous projects, and in-use data from operational buildings, and incorporate lessons learnt into building services designs and management systems with cost-benefit analysis
  • Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods best suited to undertake the design of complex building services systems and components. Examples included: comparison and selection of methods for equipment sizing for power systems; assessing the suitability of computational fluid dynamics for understanding thermal and ventilation dynamic characteristics in complex scenarios 
  • Promote the continuous improvement of the design of building services systems and components. This includes using market intelligence and best practice and participating in design reviews and evaluation. Examples include: maintaining awareness of technical developments in equipment such as chillers, boilers and generators; and good practice methods for system configurations and control. Participating in design critiques for the building services strategy at the concept design stage
  • Manage and apply safe systems of work including taking responsibility for own obligations for health, safety and welfare issues, assessing and controlling risk, working with health, safety and welfare legislation and best practice. Examples include: Undertaking hazard identification and risk assessment for building services systems involving electricity, gas, rotating plant, refrigerants, hot surfaces, testing and commissioning. Planning suitable access and facilities for operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Manage the planning, budgeting and organisation of tasks, people and resources through the use of appropriate management systems, working to agreed quality standards, project programme and budget, within legal, contractual and statutory requirements. Examples include: Use employer’s quality management system for stage-by-stage project delivery; assessing required person-hours for design, site visits, inspections and witnessing in relation to fees
  • Manage teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs. Examples include: Provide team briefings and guidance on interpretation and application of new energy regulations or employer/institutional design guidance on lighting design
  • Communicate effectively through reports, drawings, specifications, presentations and discussions with both technical and non-technical people. Examples include: Presenting building services design concepts and proposals to a client using diagrams, data in context and interactive discussions on the intended operational performance and user benefits
  • Carry out and record the continuing professional development necessary to maintain and enhance knowledge and competence as a building services design engineer, Examples include: Learning and evidence records from project activities, such as mechanical/electrical systems design calculations; heating, cooling and power load assessments; lighting calculations; equipment capacities and selection; schematic and layout drawings for mechanical and electrical services; witness reports from commissioning; writing reports; and attendance at seminars, lectures and workshops

Studying at Opuvia Academy is worth the investment. You benefit from high-quality education that will prepare you for the challenges of your dream job.

A degree from Synergy University Russia facilitates the entry into the job market. Excellent study conditions and comprehensive services help you focus on your studies.

Tuition fees

Citizenship Monthly Intake
African Students Varies / Program
Non-African Students Varies / Program

 Please note: semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.

An additional enrollment fee of $40 (African students) / $750 (Non – African students) is to be paid once at the start of the programme enrollment process.

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