What does a Building Engineer do?

Building engineers are responsible for administering and repairing structures and buildings including apartments, workplaces, or healthcare facilities. A burnt-out light bulb, leaky roof, or dead air conditioner is their specialty, and they are responsible for all physical aspects of a building. They have working knowledge of maintenance and repair, and abilities to perform minor repairs in heating, cooling, ventilation equipment, and electrical features including a wall outlet.

Building engineers often work closely with managers to determine the physical needs of buildings. They follow regular inspection schedules for equipment including elevators, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors to comply with local codes. They ensure the buildings they maintain meet the local, state, and federal health and disability codes. They often manage the renovation of a vacant space including an office or apartment and may perform the renovation themselves. Building engineers need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency and some practical experience through on-the-job training or prior employment in building related fields including home renovation.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Building Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,756 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Median: $61K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Building Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Building Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Building Engineer
See Career Path

Building Engineer Insights

Read what Building Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Gustavson Wylie Architects
Building Technologist
Aug 6, 2021

“Great patience and fun to work and be around.”

Bell CanadaBell Canada
Building Engineer
Dec 26, 2021

“Good hours and pay.”

Kohler Co.Kohler Co.
Buildings and Grounds
Oct 13, 2021

“Stable place to work and live”

Ayala LandAyala Land
Senior Building Engineer
Aug 25, 2019

“Not many trainings and seminars for career development”

FCA Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesFCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Prototype Build Engineer
Nov 11, 2019

“Sometimes stressful.Working schedule is not balanced.”

Build Engineer
Dec 16, 2021

“Ubisoft is a nice place to meet cool people and work on awesome projects.”

Morrison HershfieldMorrison Hershfield
Building Science Consultant
Jan 3, 2022

“Everyone is amazing to work with and is always looking to collaborate.”

BRACE Industrial GroupBRACE Industrial Group
Scaffold Builder
May 15, 2020

“Good pay and per diem.”

See More

Building Engineer Interviews

Related Careers

13% skills overlap
Project Engineer
No skills overlap
Production Engineer
No skills overlap
Process Engineer
No skills overlap

Building Engineer Jobs

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a building engineer

When working as a building engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Operating Systems, Configuration, Shell Scripting, Sensitive, and UNIX Linux.

The most similar professions to building engineer are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a building engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.