Design and engineering

Healthcare building programmes in the UK - creating new hospitals and health centres, and modernising existing facilities - means opportunities for architects, engineers and other specialists.

Working life

In design and enginering, you will work as part of a larger team that includes other managers in estates and facilitiesestates services staff, architectschartered surveyors, external contractors and suppliers.

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Roles in design and engineering management

In estates and facilities management, you could work in a number of different roles, including:

Estates manager

As an estates manager, you'll be responsible for the physical environment within which healthcare is delivered - including the buildings, car parking, transport facilities on-site, waste disposal and the grounds. This work may involve the planning and commissioning of new buildings and facilities, the redevelopment of existing premises, or the disposal/demolition of redundant resources. You'll usually need to hold a professional qualification in an area such as engineering, building - surveying or architecture.

Senior estates manager

As a senior estates manager, you'll usually need direct experience in the application of NHS design, building services and operational standards across a variety of healthcare facilities. You'll also need to be capable of providing high level professional advice and support to colleagues and contractors. Experience of capital investment programmes will often be required for this level of post.

Technical services manager

If you are working as a technical services manager, you'll typically directly manage a team of facilities managers (for example with responsibility for such areas as health and safety, security and car parking) and provide professional support to other managers such as estates and hotel services managers.

Building services engineer

As a building services engineer, you will work across the whole spectrum of industries that exist to service buildings: in the design and installation of systems, in the manufacture of equipment and components, in facilities management, and in maintenance.  Light, heating, water, lifts and ventilation - in fact everything that makes buildings safe and comfortable for the people who use them - are planned, designed and monitored by building services engineers.

In any building project, the services engineer is responsible for designing energy efficient solutions, ensuring that depletion of the planet's resources, and environmental pollution, are minimised.

The profession is moving forwards in a dynamic way, and demand for its expertise is increasing rapidly. Exiting developments in the field of architectural engineering mean that building services are better integrated into building design at the earliest stages. This is making the role of the building services engineer even more crucial.

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