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Building Engineering (HVACR) / Innealtóireacht Foirgníochta (HVACR)

DT005

What is... Building Engineering?

Building Engineers are responsible for designing the engineering systems in buildings. These systems consume almost half of all the energy we use today. Building Engineers together with architects design energy efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings.

All the mechanical and electrical systems inside a building which make it safe, make it work and make it a great place to be, come under the title of ‘Building Engineering’.

How do we design buildings that consume much less or even no energy at all? This is the challenge that you’ll face as a modern Building Engineer.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates work with Ireland’s top engineering design and high technology companies such as ARUP, Project Management Group, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Pfizer, Dublin Airport Authority, Boston Scientific and RTE.

There is a need for Building Engineers who are experts in improving the energy performance of buildings and opportunities exist in the expanding fields of energy management and renewable energy from solar and geothermal energy sources. Many past graduates are successfully working abroad in the UK, America and Australia.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

There is a strong emphasis throughout the course on low energy design and the application of what you learn through practical and project work. When you’ve completed the course you will have a detailed knowledge of the design of energy efficient engineering systems in modern buildings.

In the first year you’ll complete a “design, make and test” project. An example of this could be to design, make and test a solar collector. You will learn about how energy is used in buildings, how to design heating and ventilation systems and undertake mini project work. You will also study physics and maths.

In the second year you’ll learn more about the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and buildings using computer aided design. You will learn about assessing the energy performance and energy rating of buildings. Projects are an important part of the second year allowing you to apply what you have learnt during the lectures to an actual building. You will complete two design projects in the second year working in a group with other students.

The third year of the course includes the major design project and dissertation. The main design project builds on the project in the second year. You will design all the engineering systems for a large commercial building including design drawings and calculations. The dissertation is a detailed study into one area of your project that you find interesting. This might be about solar energy or a new method of air conditioning.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Energy and Buildings
  • Design Make and Test Project
  • Thermal Performance of Buildings
  • Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Design and Communication
  • Computing and Engineering Graphics
  • Thermal Insulation, Cladding and Fabrication Technology

Year Two

  • Management Studies
  • Computer Aided Design and Energy Performance
  • Electrotechnology, Electronics and Measurement
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Heating Systems
  • Engineering Water Services
  • Engineering Team Project
  • Heating System Design
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Fluids & Thermodynamics
  • Ventilation and Air-conditioning
  • Construction Technology
  • Team Project
  • Ventilation System Design

Year Three

  • Electrical Distribution & Control Systems
  • Dissertation and Design Project
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Engineering Renewable and Low Energy Technologies
  • Building Load Assessment & Computer Modelling
  • Fuels, Combustion and Gas Services
  • Acoustics and Vibration Engineering
  • Mathematics 4 
  • Engineering Management

Are there study abroad options?

The School has links with a number of Erasmus partner institutions, currently in France, Germany and Finland. These allow students the opportunity to undertake an Erasmus exchange abroad. To discuss study options that are available, contact the Erasmus Coordinator of the School of Civil and Building Services Engineering.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who reach the appropriate level in the final year have the opportunity to join the third year of the Building Engineering (Sustainable Energy Systems) Level 8 degree programme within DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Many of the Departments best students graduating from the Level 8 degree have started their studies on the BEngTech in Building Engineering.

Further Information

School of Mechanical and Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3833 (Mr Chris Montague, Course Head)

T: 01 402 3826 (Maeve Coyne, School Administration)

E: chris.montague@dit.ie

E: Maeve.Coyne@dit.ie

E: cbse@dit.ie

What our Students say!

  • The ordinary degree in Building Engineering is a very practical course, with great project work. It gave me the opportunity to move up onto the honours degree, something which wasn’t possible when I was first looking for a place at college.
  • I wasn’t completely sure that building services was what I wanted to do at first but I find the BEng Tech course very interesting. We’re in the middle of our second semester project at the moment, which should be good preparation for the larger third year design project.