A building systems engineer makes sure a manufacturing facility's building systems (like AC and plumbing) are working safely and properly.

Do you make all the repairs around your house? Do you know your way around a fuse box or a central heating system? A job as a building systems technician will allow you to apply that experience and knowledge to a real-world career.

As a building systems technician, you’ll work with your hands all day, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing the various kinds of equipment that keep a building running safely and comfortably. This might include heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, water pipes, and electrical, lighting, and gas systems. Daily operation and preventative maintenance are also important aspects of the position. You’ll need to be comfortable with large, loud machines and small, dark spaces. Building systems technicians are also in charge of keeping the building to safety standards and codes.

Building systems technicians apply principles of electricity, electronics technology, and mechanical engineering on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to have some sort of background training or experience; a formal degree is even better.

Also Known As:

Facility Maintenance Technician, Building Services Technician

Critical Skills


  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Computers
  • Electrical and Heating Systems
  • Mechanical (Tools and Machines)
  • Physical Dexterity
  • Physical Strength
  • Safety and Construction Regulations
  • Strong Communication Skills


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Health and Safety
  • Monitoring
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Quality Assurance
  • Systems Analysis
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Operate, maintain and repair all equipment used in the distribution of water and steam
  • Operate, maintain and repair devices used to control temperature
  • Operate, maintain and repair devices for air control
  • Operate, maintain and repair all gas distribution lines
  • Operate, maintain and repair all motors and engines used to power pumps, compressors and fans
  • Operate, maintain and repair fuel oil systems
  • Operate, maintain and repair sanitary sewer systems
  • Maintain and repair trash compactors
  • Maintain electrical power distribution and auxiliaries for buildings
  • Lighting, mechanical, plumbing and control components
  • Maintain proper operation during seasonal changes
  • Maintain life safety and security systems

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability
  • Own Set of Tools


  • Handyman/Fixing Things

How to get this job

Technical Certification, HVAC Certification

Next Steps for this job

This is an entry level position and the more experience you have, the more opportunities there are.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.