Mechanical Building Services

Career information

What do they do?

Mechanical building services engineers maintain the components used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) in offices, hospitals and factories.

A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include installing and maintaining air conditioning and heating systems in office buildings, hospitals and factories.

You are likely to work in a huge variety of locations.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management
Helpful experience
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
Preferred work environments
  • Indoors (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time



These can be useful from school:

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English
Entry level jobs


  • Mechanical Building Services Engineer
  • System Designer
  • Commercial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Supervisor
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner


New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Building Services (Trade) (Level 4) Specialisations

Environmental control systemsAir conditioning and heating systemsSpecialist ventilation and fluid conveyancing systems

Non-potable water systems

Medical and laboratory gas systems.

This qualification has been developed by leading New Zealand mechanical building service specialists to equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work productively and safely.

With technology and automation rapidly driving change in the mechanical building services sector, this qualification is designed with the future in mind so your people can respond and adapt to change.Most of the learning is practical work completed on-the-job.

Apprentices are also required to complete eLearning via our online learning platform Canvas, and attend block courses for two to three weeks each year.

Speak to your training advisor or account manager for details on programme and resource pricing.