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Introduction to Mechanical & Electrical Building Services

Key Areas
Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Who Should Attend
Course Fees
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Key Areas

Building services engineers are responsible for ensuring a cost-effective, environmentally sound, sustainable design and the maintenance of energy-using elements in buildings. As such, they are essential to the Governments' aim in reducing carbon emissions.

In order to achieve this, working closely with architects and other engineers, they make use of equipment and materials involved with: heating, air conditioning, water, drainage and plumbing, natural and artificial lighting, building facades, escalators and lifts, ventilation and refrigeration, communication lines, telephones and IT networks, security and alarm systems, fire detection and protection, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, public health engineering and work with utility suppliers such as those that supply gas, electricity and renewable sources. 

The aim of this module is to introduce the role of the modern building services engineer; why we need building services - what are they, what they look like and what they do. It covers areas of mechanical services such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and their control. On the electrical size, it covers, for example, three-phase supplies and its distribution, electric shock prevention, earthing and uninterruptable power supplies.

This course is worth 7 CPD hours.

Course Content 

  • Welcome
  • About this course             
  • What is building services engineering?       
  • Creating comfort​​​​
    • Thermal comfort
    • Visual comfort
    • Auditory comfort
  • The building services design process           
  • System design
    • Building services systems 
    • Space allowance
    • Co-ordination and communication
  • Mechanical systems
    • Heating
      • Heating systems
      • Heat sources            
    • Ventilation
      • Natural ventilation
      • Mechanical ventilation         
    • Cooling
      • Air cooling
      • Refridgeration      
  • Electrical systems
    • ​Electrical systems supplies to buildings
    • Supply arrangements
    • Distribution inside the building
    • Electric shock, metering and power, UPS
  • Fire alarm and fire detection systems   
  • Sustainability
    • ​Sustainability - the role of Building Services Engineer
    • Low zero carbon energy sources
  • Conclusion         
  • Next steps             

Learning Outcomes 

  • The role of the modern building services engineer
  • Why we need building services
  • The common building services
  • What they look like and what they do 
  • Mechanical systems: heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and their control
  • Electrical systems: three-phase supplies, power distribution, electric shock, earthing, uninterruptable power supplies

Who Should Attend

CIBSE online learning courses are suitable for those wishing to enhance and support their current knowledge base, as well as graduates within an engineering discipline. 

Each unit has been peer reviewed and tested through this group. The units allow students to take a coordinated journey through an individual topic or a series of topics. The units form the backbone of several corporate training schemes.

Course Fees 

  • Membership Rate: £255 + VAT
  • Standard Rate: £300 + VAT


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