If you are employed as a technician, in management or in designing HVAC systems in the building services sector within the construction and the built environment industry, this two-year course is an ideal way of moving your career forward.
The HNC is an established qualification and is recognised by industry professionals and professional bodies - in the case of building services, it is the CIBSE.
Building services engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project, having significant influence in assessing the energy demands and sustainability of a building.
Within the sector, exciting opportunities are emerging in areas such as sustainability, low carbon technologies, energy management and renewable energy. Building services engineers therefore play a significant role in combating climate change and advising clients and architects in meeting current regulations.
Working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills. However, it should also offer you the opportunity to utilise the skills you have learned in your professional practice through problem-based learning. Your own industrial practice will be a welcome asset to promote experiential learning and peer support throughout the course.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:
You will need to complete eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will be offered based on the demand of the student group.
How is the course delivered?
You will be taught via a blended delivery model where you will attend College on alternate weeks (first week in College and the next week working independently and with autonomy) each month over two semesters per academic year. You will undertake two units per semester.
You will have access to your tutors via email and through online learning platforms, offering you additional support so that everyone has equal opportunities to develop their skills and achieve their full potential.
You will undertake technical assignments where you will have the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with industrial building services and construction scenarios and offering you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects both individually and as part of a team.
You will have access to staff who have experience of the industry and who boast particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of the construction industry. The course is delivered in our purpose built HE centre with access to industry-standard software such as Autodesk and Microsoft Project as well as online resources.
You could progress to a HND or to a BSc/BEng degree in a related construction discipline, drawing on the broad knowledge base you will have gained from your two years of study.
We would encourage you to become a member of CIBSE at licentiate level.
J Tomlinson gas engineer Macauley Shaw has won the title of Apprentice of the Year (16-24) in the Building Communities Awards 2017.
The 20-year-old scooped the accolade at an awards ceremony held at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
Macauley has been with Nottingham-based building services company J Tomlinson since leaving school at the age of 16 and is now a qualified gas engineer.
Martin Ardron, J Tomlinson's operations director repairs and maintenance and facilities management, said: "We are thrilled that Macauley has been named Apprentice of the Year at the Building Communities Awards and are very proud of him. It's a richly deserved award.
Macauley works in the Repair & Maintenance – Service & Repair division at J Tomlinson and travels across the Midlands and Yorkshire as part of his role. He is a key member of the 24-hour call-out rota, working on plumbing emergencies overnight, and has recently begun attending gas call outs too.
He undertook part of his training at Derby College and since joining J Tomlinson he has completed his NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 in Plumbing and Heating, as well as the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) – the industry recognised and accepted route for operatives to gain a certificate of competence, needed to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. He is now hoping to undertake further qualifications so that he can, in his own words, 'better myself in the company'.
His line manager, project manager, Jim Upex said: "Macauley is a great engineer and a great team player. We're delighted that his hard work and dedication has been recognised and rewarded with this title of Apprentice of the Year."
The Building Communities Awards recognise the professionalism, excellence and innovation sitting at the heart of the East Midlands' construction and housing community in both the public and the private sectors. The Apprentice of the Year (16-24) Award was sponsored by J Wright Roofing Ltd.
As a company, J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration. It primarily operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
As a company, J Tomlinson is very committed to training our workforce, improving our team and individual performances, and giving our employees the opportunity to achieve professional and personal growth. Macauley has been with us since leaving school and has grasped all the opportunities that have been given to him with both hands. He receives many compliments from customers and is a much-valued member of the J Tomlinson team.