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Apprenticeship training course

BEMS (building energy management systems) controls engineer (level 4)

The control, performance and efficiency of energy usage in industrial, commercial and public buildings.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • BEMS Controls Engineer
  • BEMS Engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Applying the control principles associated with the design, function and use of buildings e.g. to create points lists, description of operation, cable schedules.
  • Incorporating hydrodynamics/ hydronic systems into designs.
  • Applying the principles and practices of measurement technology.
  • Incorporating cooling systems, heat generation and renewable technology into designs as applicable.
  • Incorporating Control Panel wiring, construction and relay logic into the design process.
  • Applying communications technology protocols and media e.g. MODBUS and BACNET.
  • Applying relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to themselves and others.
  • Identifying requirements for protection of electrical installations.
  • Incorporating the needs of a variety of building stakeholders (e.g. owners/ operators) within the design of the BEMS system.
  • Applying the practices and procedures for the installation of BEMS wiring systems.
  • Interpreting the requirements for the BEMS element of electrical installations.
  • Applying the principles and practices for the commissioning of BEMS systems and equipment in a variety of building types and environments.
  • Applying the principles, for diagnosing and correcting faults in BEMS network systems and BEMS equipment.
  • Applying the principles for completing conditional site surveys, along with associated recommendations.
  • Applying knowledge of energy efficiency to optimise comfort in buildings whilst minimising energy usage.
  • Identifying the requirements of inspection and testing of BEMS element of electrical installations within relevant legislative requirements, specifications, codes of practice and industry recognised practices.
  • Carrying out the testing, inspection and certification of BEMS related controls and equipment.
  • Applying the principles and practices for the design and commissioning of standard network architectures e.g. Ethernet TCP/IP, MSTP and RS48.
  • Carrying out updates to BEMS system hardware to ensure compatibility with latest products.

Full information on BEMS (building energy management systems) controls engineer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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