Apprentice BEMS Controls Engineer UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

You will learn to maintain and operate the Building and Energy Management “BEMS” control systems throughout the estate. Ensuring the systems perform to optimum capabilities, maintain environmental and comfort conditions and that energy use and environmental impact is minimised while improving systems reliability and functionality.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Rising to £34,980. per annum after 12 months service.

  • Working week

    May work evenings and weekends. Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    39 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Using expert skills, experience and knowledge maintain the necessary provision of control strategy and maintenance services in respect of the BEMS to the University’s portfolio of buildings.  This includes the operation of critical facilities.  Identify shortfalls in service provision and control system design, investigate how they may best be rectified.  Propose and implement improvement measures.

Operating within approved safety protocols, ensure a high degree of reliability and continuity for the service provision by:

  • Undertaking regular service and maintenance inspections of control systems and analysis of collected statistical data to identify risks and opportunities for improvement.
  • A proactive approach, based on collated data, alarms and report analysis, to reduce the implications of service interruptions to the University.
  • Ensure, by maintaining and monitoring its use and correcting as necessary, that the BEMS is used effectively to control the environment in buildings within University and statutory requirements.
  • Carry out additions, upgrades and expansion to the University’s control systems, covering all software / control strategy, creation of graphics, configuration and commissioning of control outstations / hardware, computer / IT equipment and communication infrastructure.
  • Fault diagnosis and repair / replacement of control and BEMS devices.
  • Fault diagnosis and repair / replacement of dedicated BEMS operational technology network. 
  • Creation and maintenance of BEMS logging data sets, alarms filters, report filters and databases used for reports and information to support both statutory compliance monitoring and energy auditing of properties
  • Using analysis of data, technical skills and experience ensure best practices in the management of energy and water and opportunities for revising the operation or replacement of plant to reduce consumption are implemented. 
  • Improving the monitoring and control of systems to ensure areas are not over or under heated or cooled, limiting plant operational times where practical.
  • Identify requirements for backlog maintenance of the BEMS systems and support funding bids. 
  • Management of contractors undertaking projects and / or maintenance of the BEMS systems.
  • Undertake and apply risk assessments and other procedures to manage/mitigate hazards. Implement and manage local and University safety policies.
  • Act as Authorised Person to control safe working practices applicable to competence as business needs.
  • Implementing Energy Efficient Control Strategies onto the BEMS to help the University to meet its targets for reducing Carbon (Net Zero)
  • Editing and creating critical alarms for areas of significant importance 
  • Reviewing time schedules for plant operation across the Campus, ensuring that we are only running plant when the areas are occupied
  • Conducting planned preventative maintenance to BEMS equipment to maximise equipment lifecycle 
  • Installing new controllers and outstations in control panels when we have a failure
  • Assisting the Estates maintenance staff when plant and equipment is not functioning correctly.
  • Assisting in keeping the BEMS network cyber secure. Reporting any cyber security issues to the OT Network Manager

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • The BEMS Control Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship standard will be delivered with our training provider partner Group Horizon using a variety of methods. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • BEMS Controls Engineer and potential job prospects

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


Other Technical Qualification (Grade Degree) Desired

About the employer

A world top 100 university and part of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of Birmingham makes important things happen. Delivering groundbreaking research and excellent research led teaching. People are at the heart of what we are and do. The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success. We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University. We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work. Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working. In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries. The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum, and botanical gardens.






West Midlands

B15 2TT

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

BEMS (building energy management systems) controls engineer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please complete an application via our website and remember to upload an up to date C.V.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2023