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Plumbing and Building Services Engineering

Plumbing and Building Services Engineering Building Services Engineering is all about making buildings meet the needs of the people who live and work in them.

These services cover:

  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Electrotechnical
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Heating and Ventilation

Whether you choose to specialise in Plumbing, or take the multiskilled option of Building Services Engineering, a student in our department can expect a robust timetable with sessions delivered to meet industry standards.

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The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

The Team is made up of lecturers and technical demonstrators all of whom have a vast array of experience and knowledge of all sectors including industrial, commercial and domestic plumbing, heating and building services engineering.

Your week will include a combination of both theory and practical workshop sessions designed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on your course.

In the workshop you will have access to high quality tools and facilities led by experienced technical demonstrators always at hand to assist students with tasks.

Classroom sessions are delivered as a hybrid of lecturer taught online and onsite lessons, with all work and assignments delivered through Google Classroom.

As well as your core qualification, students will undertake enrichment activities such as:

  • Industry led talks
  • Grudfos Ecademy training courses
  • Danfoss Learning
  • World Skills Competition
  • HIP Plumbing Student of the Year

Where could it take me?

We have built excellent links with local and regional businesses. This will help you to gain meaningful work experience and work on projects linked to businesses which will bring your learning to life and allow you to develop employer connections.

Every year, many of our students progress onto our Level 3 9189 Apprenticeship standard, whilst others continue learning or gain other meaningful employment within the Building Services Engineering industry.

Courses

City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing (7202)

This is a 1 year full time qualification and is aimed at those wanting to enter the Plumbing industry. It gives you the opportunity to pick up some core skills and knowledge and the opportunity to progress onto either our Level 2 Plumbing or Level 2 Building Services Engineering qualifications depending on Maths and/ or English results.

You will study:

  • Installation
  • Repair and Maintenance of Plumbing Systems
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Pipework (Copper, Plastic, Low Carbon Steel)
  • Plumbing Science
  • Structure Of The Construction Industry
  • Fundamental Safe Working Practices
  • Environmental and Sustainability Measures in Domestic Dwellings
  • Site Preparation in the Construction Industry.

City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Plumbing (8202)

This is a 1 year full time qualification for learners who wish to work towards becoming a Plumber in the Building Services industry.

It has been designed to deliver a high level of occupational skills and provide a platform from which to progress through further learning through an apprenticeship programme or into employment.

This vocational route at Level 2 is a vital step towards becoming a competent Plumber. The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the Plumbing sector.

You will cover compulsory aspects such as:

  • Hot Water
  • Cold Water
  • Sanitation
  • Central Heating

West Suffolk College work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements may be provided by employers as this is a mandatory part of the course.

This practically based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the Plumbing industry or specialist further study.

City and Guilds Level 2 Access to Building Services Engineering (2000)

Want a career in Building Services Engineering but not sure about which area to go into?

This one year full time introductory qualification gives learners a flavour of the skills involved in four different areas of Building Services Engineering;

  • Plumbing
  • Electrotechnical
  • Heating and Ventilating
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

You'll find out what you enjoy, and then you can move onto a specialist qualification in either plumbing, electrotechnical, heating and ventilating or refrigeration and airconditioning and hopefully eventually move onto a career.

City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies (6035)

If you are 19+ and are looking for a change in career we also offer a two year Level 2 Evening course to start your journey into the Plumbing industry. This runs over two evenings a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm – 9pm and is a combination of workshop and theory sessions.

The qualification covers many areas within Plumbing and Domestic Heating such as:

  • Hot and cold water supplies
  • Sanitation
  • Understanding Health and Safety within Building Services Engineering

Successful completion of this course can enable you to undertake the Level 2 NVQ (provided certain criteria can be met).

This is the qualification required to have licence to practice. Further details about this qualification can be discussed with the Head of Department.

What can I do next?

  • Upon completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing you can progress onto either Level 2 Technical in Plumbing (Maths and English grades dependent) or Level 2 Access to Building Services Engineering.
  • Upon completion of the Level 2 Access to Building Services Engineering you can progress onto the Level 2 Technical in Plumbing/ Electrical (Maths and/ or English dependent)
  • Upon completion of the Level 2 Technical in Plumbing you can progress to employment or a Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

Industry statistics

All careers within the Building Services Engineering Sector are considered highly skilled and highly sought after. With an aging workforce and a national skills shortage there has never been a better time to choose a career within the Sector.

Typical careers

  • Plumber - Average salary £31-48k
  • Electrician - Average salary £33-42k
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer - Average salary £37-39k
  • Air conditioning Engineer - Average salary £33-37k

‘If I had my life over again, I’d be a plumber’ - Albert Einstein

Studying at WSC on a Plumbing and Building Services Engineering course will provide you with opportunities to develop the skills to become successful within the industry and we look forward to welcoming you on board.

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The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

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