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Mechanical Services Explained

18.0 CPD Hours

Standard Rate
£1450.00  +VAT
Member Rate
£1160.00  +VAT
  • Mechanical Services

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The course will introduce many building engineering systems from water supply, plumbing and drainage, through heating and ventilation systems to more complex systems for air conditioning. It will emphasise the relative merits of different systems and explain the context of current regulatory and professional practice related both to design and maintenance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will have an understanding of the following:

  • Mechanical services issues and their engineering background
  • How construction affects building services
  • A wide knowledge of a range of different HVAC systems
  • How the services integrate with building performance
  • Legislative requirements


'[I learned]...various mechanical systems which can be applied to the projects I shall be working on and have a clear idea of how they might work in collaboration with the other elements in the building / project'

'It was indeed a great learning experience and brush up [on] mechanical skill sets'

'A good course with a very knowledgeable trainer who presented and explained the mechanical systems very well'

This three-day course is suitable for those needing a knowledge in mechanical building services who may not have had any formal training directly in mechanical services.

This course is ideally suited to those who:

  • Have been given additional responsibility for mechanical engineering services
  • Have responsibility for estates and engineering personnel or contractors
  • Facilities Managers with overall responsibility for buildings and their services
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Are a specialist in another branch of engineering but find they now have to understand mechanical services systems
Agenda for event
Time Description
Day 1


Session 1

Heating Heat Transfers in Buildings

  • How heat is lost from buildings
  • How to reduce energy use: calculation of building heat loss
  • A brief review of the latest Building Regulations
Session 2


  • Increasing the importance
  • Fresh air requirements
Session 3

Heating Systems

  • A review of the advantages & disadvantages of the different types of heating system
Session 4

Plant Sizing and Controls

  • Energy Trends
  • Boiler Sizing
  • Effective & efficient controls & types of control system


Day 2

Cooling & Air Conditioning

Session 1

Cooling and Air Conditioning

  • Heat Gains & Assessment of Cooling Loads
  • How to calculate a cooling load
  • How to reduce cooling & plant requirements
Session 2

Air Conditioning Systems

  • A review of the different a/c systems available & their relative merits
  • Latest Developments
Session 3

Plant & Equipment

  • Types of equipment & their standards of use e.g., fans, filters, heat exchangers & humidifiers


Day 3

Water Services

Session 1


  • Understanding how refrigeration works
  • The refrigeration cycles
  • Plant & equipment
  • The issues associated with refrigeration systems
Session 2

Water Services

  • Hot & Cold-Water Services: Explanation of different water service systems including current developments.
Session 3

Legionnaires Disease

  • Explanation of Legionnaires Disease
  • Consideration of its wider impact on Building Services Engineering
  • Professional responsibilities
Session 4

Drainage / Building Regulations

  • A brief overview of the principles of drainage systems above & below ground and their design
  • The course concludes with a review



Gordon Hudson

Gordon Hudson

Consultant & Lecturer, Mott MacDonald & Northumbria University

Gordon Hudson is an experienced chartered building services engineer, who has worked extensively in the industry and has played a role in higher education in the specific subject area of building services, sustainability and the wider built environment disciplines.

Gordon is a consultant to Mott MacDonald and lectures at Northumbria University. He led the MEP design team for the Houghton Primary Care building that achieved the only BREEAM “outstanding “ healthcare certification to date. He has reviewed CIBSE guides and papers for CIBSE conferences and was lead author for the Scottish Government’s school design guide.

Gordon carried out the first BREEAM assessment in Iceland and led the Mott Macdonald team in developing the initial stages of the Estidama sustainability code for the UAE and the first green building code in Egypt. 

Meet the trainer: Get to know your trainers: Gordon Hudson, Mechanical Services Explained trainer (

Remote - How to join:

This course will be hosted live online on Microsoft Teams. A Microsoft Teams account is not required, you will be sent a link to join.

You can choose to join on your preferred web browser, or if you already have the Microsoft Teams desktop app, click 'join meeting'.  You will then automatically join the course through the app.


The course location will be underneath the respective date, please make your way to the location.

Parking is not available.

Course Materials:

The course presentation and any additional materials will be sent to delegates once attendance is confirmed on the day of the course.

We are working towards being more sustainable, therefore we do not recommend materials to be printed.

What is included?

- Full day training with an industry expert trainer

- CPD certificate

- PDF course materials

- Lunch and refreshments**

**For face-to-face courses

Two simple ways to book:

Card - Use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this web page.

Invoice - Please fill in the booking form herePlease note you are only booked onto the course once Training has processed the form.

* If you are having any difficulties please either email us at [email protected]

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