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Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering

Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering
Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to pursue a career in the Building Services Engineering Industry. The equally important aim is to develop students' abilities to think clearly, assess problems critically, view work creatively and communicate effectively when working independently or as members of a team.
The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Click here to view the programme highlights video (narration in Cantonese)

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tuen Mun)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed in various areas of infrastructure development and construction related projects including new developments, urban renewal projects, maintenance and upgrading of existing services. Nature of work varies from building services design and installation to facility management. The multi-skill training offered by the programme renders graduates less vulnerable to fluctuations in the construction industry. The average employment rate in recent years is over 90%. Graduates can be employed in both private and public organisations, e.g. building services consultants and contractors, property development and management companies, main contractors, suppliers and government departments. A student placement programme is built in the programme with students being placed as far as possible to work full-time in industry during the last semester of study. This helps to achieve the objective of "seamless employment".


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Services Engineering.

Graduates may apply for admission to the following full-time degree programmes :

  1. BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  2. Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Engineering offered by the City University of Hong Kong
  3. BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering offered by the University of Hong Kong
  4. BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering offered by the University of Hong Kong
  5. BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Upon admission to the above programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
Graduates may apply for the following HKCAAVQ accredited part-time top-up degree programmes [duration of 18 months ] jointly operated by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) of VTC  [Not applicable to Mainland students]:

  1. BEng (Hons) Building Services and Sustainable Engineering# offered by the University of Central Lancashire, UK (Part-time); Registration Number (Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance) : 252295
  2. BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering# offered by the University of the West of England, UK (Full-time and part-time); Registration Number (Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance) : 252610

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.

Professional Recognition

The programme has been fully accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) in 2020 as satisfying the academic requirements for Associate Member.
The programme is recognised by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the HKSAR as satisfying the academic requirements for registration as Grade B Registered Electrical Workers.

  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  2. For details, please contact Department of Engineering :
    • IVE (Tuen Mun) : 2460 5375

Semester 1:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • IT Essentials - Smart Living
  • Engineering Science for BS
  • Engineering Mathematics for BS
  • Engineering Safety and Environmental Awareness
  • Building Services Drawing
  • Electrical Services Fundamentals


Semester 2:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
  • Electrical Installations A
  • HVAC Technology
  • Piped Services and Fire Safety Installations A
  • Enrichment Module A


Semester 3:

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Electrical Installations B
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Building Services Design
  • BS System Design A


Semester 4:

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Indoor Environment and HVAC Systems
  • BS System Design B
  • Practical Training (Building Services)
  • Construction Technology and Management
  • Enrichment Module B


1 out of 4 Elective Modules:

  • Piped Services and Fire Safety Installations B
  • Electrical Services and Building Management Systems
  • Energy Management in Buildings
  • BS Software Applications


Semester 5:

  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Commissioning and Maintenance
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Industry-Based Student Project

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