Building Controls Technician (Commissioning)

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Card information

A Building Controls Technician may be involved initially alongside an Engineer with the design of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) that controls the building services (e.g., heating, air conditioning, renewables etc). 

This card is suitable for technical staff that need to support the installation of building control systems but are not likely to require the full scope of the industry apprenticeship to carry out their role.

They may write related software and graphics and commission systems, fault finding as appropriate. It is a requirement to liaise with various trades and disciplines and have a sound understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and their application. 

The Building Controls Technician does not undertake installation works, and instead relies on qualified electricians for these works when needed. 

Post occupancy, the Building Controls Technician may also be involved in servicing and maintenance, fault finding if there are problems with the system and energy performance reviews, recommending and implementing improvements. 

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible for an ECS Building Controls Technician (Commissioning) card, applicants must hold the following:

1. Completion of the three technical training modules undertaken in invigilated conditions: 
  • Fundamentals of HVAC & Building Technology (BCM01)
  • Measuring & Control Technology (BCM02)
  • Hydraulics in Building Services (BCM03)
2. Approved electrical safe isolation course completed within the last 3 years (approved routes by City & Guilds, EAL or BPEC)

3. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page

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