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Equipment and Installations Maintenance

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
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Adequate maintenance of industrial equipment and installations requires their proper setup and implementation. In this postgraduate course students will learn about the necessary conditions required to keep equipment in proper working order as well as the different maintenance techniques associated with each type of equipment.

A maintenance technicians needs to have comprehensive knowledge of industrial installations as well as possess an understanding of the techniques for prevention and rapid and effective resolution of equipment break downs.

The industry professionals, who are acting as professors on this course, add a very practical element to the student¿s experience.


  • To become familiar with the means and techniques needed to set up equipment and quickly and safely resolve problems that come up in industrial installations.
  • To diagnose and prevent break downs in installations.

Who is it for

 Engineers or Technical engineers. Technical and industry professionals who want to specialize, update or expand their knowledge in the field of industrial maintenance.



The postgraduate course programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire postgraduate course you can sign on one or several modules.

Industrial Maintenance: Maintenance Management

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 04/10/2016. Terrassa

Facilities Maintenance and Power Media

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 13/12/2016. Terrassa

Facilities Maintenance and Repairs Media

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 23/02/2017. Terrassa

Maintenance of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Installations

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 18/04/2017. Terrassa

Maintenance of Installations of Heat Production, Cold Industrial, Hot Water, Fire and Water Treatment

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 15/05/2017. Terrassa


Industrial Maintenance: Maintenance Management
4 ECTS. 51 teaching hours.
  • Defining maintenance.
  • Maintenance methods.
  • Preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance.
  • Reliability, maintenance and availability of equipment and installations.
  • The influence of design on maintenance costs.
  • Improvement processes. Resolving problems. Real-life cases.
  • Technical management of maintenance. Efficiency. Real-life cases.
  • Financial management of maintenance. Analytical accounting. Innovation. Real-life cases.
  • Audits and quality control in maintenance.
  • A practical view of Computer Assisted Maintenance Management System (CAMMS). Operating project. Storage testing. Consumption.
  • Subcontracted maintenance.
  • Implanting a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) system. The phases of implementation. The organisational changes involved. The results of effective implementation.
  • Autonomous maintenance.
Installations and Electric Equipment Maintenance
5 ECTS. 54 teaching hours.
  • Measuring and filtering disturbances in electricity networks.
  • Medium tension switchgear. Protection devices used to prevent electrical tension and current overlaods. Maintenance.
  • Electric installations: electric power distribution lines.
  • Infrared thermography.
  • Industrial transformers and Transformer Centres (TC): industrial transformer maintenance (detecting wear particles in oil).
  • Grounded installation maintenance.
  • Low tension switchgear.
  • Equipment and measurement methods for inspecting low tension installations.
  • Motor and generator maintenance.
  • Practise cases with asynchronous tri-phase motor maintenance: preparation, setup and start-up of a broken down asynchronous tri-phase motor.
  • Low power transformers.
  • Equipment used in electrical installations (electric pumps, pressure compensators and sensors, power level, humidity, etc.).
  • Speed controller installation. Applications. Maintenance.
  • Generator maintenance.
  • Lighting, security and emergency equipment maintenance.
  • Inspecting installations. Regulations.
Installations and Electric Equipment Maintenance
3 ECTS. 39 teaching hours.
  • Mechanical maintenance concepts. Intensity and common operating parameters.
  • Cleaning methods and systems. Lubrication.
  • Real life cases with a lift.
  • Mechanism for broken parts and mechanical devices. Non-destructive testing procedures. Bearings. Joints. Cables.
  • Suspension system elements: shocks and springs. Rubber noise reduction pads.
  • Alternative thermal motor devices: oil analysis and coolant. Predictive parameter testing.
  • Pneumatic equipment: alternative compressors. Air leaks. Locating break downs in installations.
  • Real life cases in maintenance management using a float of rail vehicles.
  • Vibrations with a degree of freedom in mechanical systems. Physics concepts.
  • Free and forced vibrations.
  • Transmission and isolation of vibrations.
  • Static and dynamic balance of rotating masses.
  • Rotor balance analysis.
  • Vibration measurement fundamentals.
  • Transducers: types. Diagnosing machine breakdowns.
  • Low frequency defect analysis.
  • Techniques for tracking and diagnosing break downs.
  • High frequency flaw analysis. Real-life cases.
  • Solving real life cases.
  • Thermography.
Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Special Installations Maintenance
3 ECTS. 27 teaching hours.
  • Oil Hydraulics
-Oil Hydraulic energy transmission.
-Advantages anddisadvantages compared to other transmission methods.
-Oil Hydraulic pumps.
-Proportional oil hydraulics.
-Installation guidelines for oil hydraulic circuits.
-Safety in oil hydraulic systems:dangerous situations exercises. UNE-EN982.
-Risks involved with hydropneumatic accumulators.
-Preventative maintenance guidelines for oil hydraulic installations.
-Diagnosing and detecting problems. Solutions.
-general rules and regulations. ISO and CETOP.
-Adjusting oil conditions.
-The effects of contamination on oil hydraulic systems. CETOP RP70, ISO 4406.
-Filters in oil hydraulic systems.
-Heat exchangers.
  • Pneumatics

-Transmission of neumatic energy. 
-Advantages and disadvantages compared to other transmission methods
-Proportional pneumatics.
-Calculations and exercises.
-Safety in pneumatic systems: dangerous situations exercises.UNE-EN 983.
-Preventative maintenance guide for pneumatic installations.
-Diagnosing and detecting problems. Solutions.
-General rules and regulations. ISO and CETOP.
-Adjusting air conditions.
-Compressed air generator room: refrigeration and dehumidifying.
-Compressed air distribution.
 -Filters in pneumatic systems.


Maintenance of Industrial Heating and Cooling Output Systems, Domestic Hot Water Systems, Fire Extinguisher Systems and Water Treatment Systems
5 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.

             Gas Installations Maintenance

  • The components of a gas installation.
  • Design and location criteria for pipes, parts and accessories.
  • Preliminary measurement for a gas installation.
  • Permanent and mobile Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanks.
  • Maintenance of gas installations in commercial or industrial locations.
  • Rules and regulations.

    Boiler room maintenance
  • Description of the different types of boilers.
  • Heating and domestic hot water.
  • Conventional boilers, low temperature and condensation.
  • Boilers using vapour, thermal fluids, etc.
  • Burners.
  • Combustion and fuel types.
  • Phased, progressive and modulating burners.
  • Adjustment and control.
  • Maintenance and regulations.

    Maintenance of refrigeration units in air-conditioning installations
  • Description of the basic components of a refrigeration system: compressors, evaporators, condensers and expansion systems.
  • Air and water condenser units. Refrigeration towers.
  • The behaviour of refrigeration systems based on evaporation and condensation temperatures.
  • Most common units used in air-conditioning systems: refrigeration, heat pumps and recovery pumps.
  • Maintenance: basic types and operations.
    Individual and collective heating unit maintenance
    Radiant under floor heating maintenance
    Potable water system installations maintenance
    Plumbing and liquids propulsion installations maintenance
    Fire prevention installations maintenance
  • Detection and alarm systems.
  • Extinguisher units, material, and systems organised by origin and type of fire.
  • Water supply networks. Tanks.
  • Control centres. Sirens. Optical, ionic and thermovelicimetrical detectors.
  • Extinguishers and hoses.
  • Automatic sprinkler systems. Dry standpipe. Hydrants.
  • Rules and regulations. Building code.

    Bar screen filter maintenance
  • Collection and pump tanks.
  • Homogenisation and aeration systems.
  • Rules and regulations.
2 ECTS. 9 teaching hours.
There will be a project or work prom.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Dr. Ingeniero Industrial

Teaching staff

  • Abad Baig, Ferran
  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Dr. Ingeniero Industrial
  • Alcalá Gómez, Juan Gabriel
  • Arqués Patón, Josep Lluis
  • Balcells Sendra, Josep
    Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Director of Industrial Terrassa Electronics Group (TIEG)
  • Ballesteros Robles, Francisco
  • Blasco Chabert, Marc
    Simbioe Facility Management
  • Carpio Riera, Josep
    Electramolins, S.A.
  • Coduras Martínez, Oscar
  • Coll D'arnaude, Alejandro
  • Colomer Bosch, Narcís
  • de Gea Rodríguez, Xavier
    Atexpreven, S.L
  • Faro Ruiz, David
  • Ferrer Guiteras, Jordi
    Water purification and Technology S. L. "Depurtech"
  • Gil Sarrablo, Jose Francisco
    TÚV Rheinland ibèrica ICT, S.A
  • Gómez Santamaría, Santiago
  • González Matín-Consuegra, Antonio
    Cemex España, S.A
  • Gonzalo García, Carlos
    Industrial Engineer. Industrial Technical safety. Gas Natural SDG, SA
  • Grande Gámez, José María
    TÚV Rheinland ibèrica ICT, S.A
  • Grau Mur, Ramon
    UPC, Apt. Nautical Science and Engineering
  • Jornet Álvarez, Atanasi
    UPC, Apt. Electrical Engineering
  • Martín Barcón, Moisés
    Polylux, S.A. Technical Department
  • Michold, Felix
    C.C.JENSEN Ibérica, S.L
  • Narbona Vicens, Sílvia
  • Ortí i Llop, Josep
  • Ortuño Juárez, Jorge
    Tecnotrans Bonfiglioli, SA DSC Chief Electronics
  • Quintela Cortés, Jesús Manuel
    Doctor in Industrial Engineering. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the UPC
  • Roig Taramón, Ismael
  • Roig Torres, Francesc
  • Rubio Uceda, Sergio
  • Sempere i Ventura, Jordi
  • Sierra Garriga, Carlos
  • Solas Adell, Eduard
    HVAC Specialist Advisory
  • Torrell Martínez, Francesca
    Senior Telecommunications Engineer. Master's degree in Production Organisation and Engineering and Industrial plant Manager at (Engiplant). Consultant in Maintenance Management.
  • Torrent Gelma, Miquel
    Interseal, S.A
  • Trabalón Carricondo, Cristóbal
  • Viñas Navas, Laia
    Mechatronical Drives & Solutions
  • Vizcaino Recio, Francisco

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
22 ECTS (228 teaching hours)
Tuesday  18:00 to 21:00Thursday  18:00 to 21:00
Taught at
UPC Campus Terrassa
C/ de la Igualtat, 33
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 70
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
3.700 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Catalan / Spanish

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  • Associació de Gestors de Manteniment