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Building Engineering

Mechanical, Electrical & Architectural Design

What is Building Engineering?

A building can be likened to a human body - the human body has a skin (preferably without leaks!) and so does a building, both using skin to regulate temperature. The body has a heart which pumps blood and heat around the body, similiar to a heating system in a building; a respiratory system that takes in fresh air and exhales stale air just like an air-conditioning system and a brain that acts as a control centre for all these systems. And just like the human body, a building has a brain - the Building Engineer - whose job it is to ensure that the building is a pleasant and productive place for the people that occupy it.

Do you know that the buildings in which we spend 90 % of our time are responsible for 50% of our national energy consumption? This is a major contributor to Ireland’s C02 or greenhouse gas emissions. By taking steps to improve the efficiency of our buildings, we can significantly affect our ability to meet our climate change targets.internalhouse260x168

Creating buildings that function effectively makes for a challenging and rewarding career. The Building Engineer’s task is to ensure that building envelope and the buildings mechanical and electrical systems - including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, water supply, fire protection, power, lighting and data communication systems - work together in the most energy-efficient way.

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This is why the construction industry is calling for more qualified Building Engineers. Working with architects and structural engineers, Building Engineers will help to ensure that new buildings are more environmentally-friendly but can also retrofit existing building stock to improve their energy performance.

Have you got what it takes to be a Building Engineer?



You can travel anywhere in the world with these skills working for top Irish companies or you can work for yourself.


You want high earnings and the lifestyle to match but you also recognize that money and status is nothing unless you really are making a difference in the world.


You will be on the frontline of a new engineering revolution. You will design and power great things

while reducing carbon emissions You will build a sustainable career.

For more details on how you can build a sustainable career as a Building Engineer visit our admissions page.

Features and strengths of our programmes (Engineers Ireland 2017):

  • Highly motivated and experienced staff.
  • The programme is running successfully for decades and it is well known and established in the academic and industry community.
  • The design component in the programme is of the highest standard.
  • The graduates are highly employable.
  • The programme is focused on applied aspects and is practice based and career focused.
  • The project driven focus of the programme is enforcing the practical skills of the students.




Why choose Building Engineering in DIT?

The overarching aim of this programme is to produce high quality graduates who;

  • have a detailed knowledge of scientific and technical principles and engineering practice, who have an understanding of the industrial, business and social environment in which professional engineers work and
  • possess the personal skills which will allow them to work in the wide variety of employment opportunities available to them both in Ireland and abroad, and to continue their professional development throughout their career.

The specific aims of the programme are:

  • Educate students in the fundamentals of scientific methods through observation and analysis, and in the application of engineering principles that will enable them as graduates to derive and apply building services engineering solutions that deal with future changes in technology during their careers;
  • Equip graduates with the necessary mathematical knowledge, basic engineering sciences, appropriate technology and analytical techniques to allow them to function as competent and creative building services engineers;
  • Develop the student’s ability to think logically, read critically and communicate clearly;
  • Inform the student of the significant scientific, technological, economic and cultural factors that will affect the engineer in modern society including the necessity to support sustainable technology and development;
  • Produce self-motivated graduates who are capable of independent critical thinking, which will enhance their work experience and intellectual development and increase their ability to arrive at optimum solutions to complex engineering design problems;
  • Offer students the opportunities to develop their transferable skills such as problem solving, team working, communication, negotiation, leadership, career development and life-long learning;
  • Enable students to adapt and continue with self-education and self-learning through their practice as professional engineers and/or post-graduate studies;
  • Allow students attain skills which will enable them to address the challenges of life-long learning and overcome the problems associated with the short life-cycle of modern engineering technology.

Having successfully completed the programme the new graduate will be able to:

  • Apply engineering analysis, synthesis and evaluation to building services engineering problems;
  • Fulfil the role of junior engineer or graduate engineer in design or contracting environments.
  • Investigate increasingly difficult engineering problems and bring them to a successful conclusion within time constraints while being conscious of health and safety matters, the environment and appropriate national and international directives;
  • Engage in and successfully resolve building services engineering projects in both their technical and managerial aspects and effectively communicate their resolution of these projects in oral, graphical and written form;
  • Work with other professional engineers in the various planning, design and construction teams that will constitute their working environment;
  • Appreciate the critical role of management structures, finance and industrial relations within organisations;
  • Engage in personal development to meet the responsibilities required as members of Engineers Ireland and other professional learned bodies;
  • Have an appreciation of the necessity of national and global sustainable development and develop and maintain high ethical standards;