Washington Building Engineers
We keep high performance buildings running smoothly, efficiently, and safely.
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Learn what it takes to become a building engineer

What is a building engineer?

Building engineers manage, operate, and maintain building systems including:

  • Electrical

  • Plumbing

  • Heating

  • Ventilation

  • Air conditioning

  • Safety and security

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building engineer starting salary, depending on experience


What type of person excels as a
building engineer?

We asked employers what the best qualities a person should have in order to be successful as a building engineer. Here's what they said:

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0–5 years

experience required to be hired as a building engineer


No experience required

Much of a building engineer’s first few years on the job include training to help them learn the ins and outs of their work. That means you don’t need prior experience to start your career as a building engineer.

In fact, you can use the skills you learned from working in facilities maintenance, as a mechanic or in an auto shop, as an HVAC technician, in appliance repair, or many other jobs to become a building engineer.

Here are some qualifications you’ll need to begin:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Proven ability to work well with others and communicate clearly

  • Desire for on-the-job training and mentorship

  • Interest in learning mechanical and technological systems

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Building engineers work to ensure all tenants of a building are satisfied with its performance. This can include troubleshooting with customers, working with repair staff, communicating with tenants and building owners, and other customer service activities.

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A building engineer’s work can be more mechanical in some buildings than others. If you enjoy working with your hands, this could be a great career for you. But don’t worry: you’ll be trained on the skills you need for success in your building.

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Advances in energy efficiency and automated controls mean that building engineers work with some of the latest technologies to maximize the asset value of their buildings.