A portrait of building services engineers in Hong Kong

Francis W.H. Yik, Hung Kit Lai, K. T. Chan, Chi Kwan Chau, Wai Ling Lee

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Purpose - As part of a study that aimed at enhancing the future roles and functions of building services (BS) engineers in Hong Kong, a survey was carried out to obtain demographic information about BS practitioners as well as their views and opinions on a range of issues which affect professional practices of BS engineers and recognition of their contributions by others. The purpose of this paper is to give a portrait of BS engineers in Hong Kong. Design/methodology/approach - A series of statistical analyses were conducted based on the responses given by the BS practitioners, which included their qualifications, experience, job field, annual income and the number of trades of BS systems that they are competent in and responsible for. Findings - The statistics show that: competence gap exists in that BS engineers are required to handle more trades of BS systems than those they are competent in; and the academic and professional qualifications, years of experience and job position are the key influential factors to the annual income of BS engineers but little differences exist in the average annual income of engineers in different job fields. Originality/value - The competence gap is a concern that needs to be addressed to ensure BS engineers are competent in handling the common trades of BS systems, which is increasingly important for them to perform effectively in integrated professional teams for turning out holistic solutions for sustainable building developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-82
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2013


  • Building services
  • Building services engineers
  • Competence
  • Construction industry
  • Hong Kong
  • Professional practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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