Estates officer

The main role of the Estate Department is to make sure that the physical environment (for example, buildings) is suitable to deliver services within Health Social Care (HSC) facilities.

The work of an estates department

Estates officers have to make sure that the engineering and building services are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively.

Some of the services they provide include:

  • maintenance of grounds, buildings and engineering installations
  • management of medical devices
  • environmental management
  • fire prevention
  • health and safety
  • security
  • waste disposal

Responsibilities might include:

  • management of a range of complex or critical services
  • professional management of capital (building/ construction) works and maintenance contracts, including budget
  • supervision of directly employed staff and external contractors / services engineers

Skills required

Estates officers should have:

  • good interpersonal/ communication skills
  • ICT skills
  • an understanding of new and innovative technology

Training programmes

The BTEC Higher National Diploma/ Certificate in Building/ Engineering Studies is offered at a number of further education colleges throughout Northern Ireland.

The Ulster University offers the following undergraduate, full-time, four-year programmes:

  • BEng Hons/BEng Engineering Management
  • BEng Hons Energy and Building Services Engineering

You should contact the university directly for up to date information on entry requirements.

Career pathway

There are opportunities for promotion through a number of estates officer grades.

How to apply

For HNC/ HND courses, you should contact the university directly.

For undergraduate full-time programme, application should be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

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