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Conception, Design and Calculation of Mechanical, Electrical and Special Facilities

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.

The complexity of today's industrial and commercial buildings shows the importance of planning and calculating optimal installations. Traditional plumbing, gas, electricity and lighting installations and innovative safety and air conditioning measures and increasingly essential alternative energies are also found in modern buildings.

The UPC School's postgraduate course in Projection, Design and Calculation of Mechanical, Electrical and Special Installations is designed to meet the demand for engineers, architects and quantity surveyors wishing to specialise, update or broaden their knowledge in the installations field.

This postgraduate course includes teaching by professionals from the various sectors involved in installations: air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, sanitation, solar energy, gas, electricity and other less common installations. It is a wide-ranging and comprehensive programme that provides an overview of the installations sector in buildings and industrial facilities.

Students must undertake a final project on air conditioning, electrical installations and anti-fire and safety installations, supervised by the lecturer who has taught the relevant part in the programme.

The entire programme of the postgraduate course has been designed to comply with the new Technical Building Code.


  • To design installations found in industrial and service buildings, and traditional and more innovative industrial machinery.
  • To apply the applicable regulations (Technical Building Code, low voltage regulations, Regulations on Heating Installations in Buildings, etc).
  • To make the calculations, checks and assessments for new industrial installations to be planned in a business.
  • To obtain an overview of the installations sector in buildings and industrial facilities.

Who is it for

  • Architects and Quantity Surveyors.
  • Engineers and Technical Engineers.
  • Professionals wishing to specialise in the installations field.



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.

Diseño y Cálculo de Instalaciones Mecánicas

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

Diseño y Cálculo de Instalaciones Eléctricas y Especiales

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 14/03/2017. Terrassa


Mechanical Installation Design and Calculations
9 ECTS. 114 teaching hours.
1.1. Air-conditioning installations

  • Air conditioning. Environmental thermal comfort. Basic energy balance in a building's system.
  • Description of an air-conditioning installation. Calculating the loads on a building's system. Psychometrics. The bases of theory.
  • Cold-hot air generating system. Selecting and specifying units. Sizing. Fans. Pumps.
  • Heat recovery. Control and regulating system. Diagrams.
1.2. Ventilation and smoke extractor fan installations
  • General criteria for ventilating spaces. Determining required airflow. Applicable regulations.
  • Ventilation systems. Ambient air renewal. Localised intakes.
  • Ventilator fans: types and characteristics. Air circulation through ducts.
  • Building insulated ducts with fibreglass insulation. Acoustic attenuation in ventilation ducts and air-conditioning.
1.3. Plumbing and liquid pump installations.
  • Basic hydrostatic principles.
  • Pressure loss. Water installation regulations.
  • Estimating and calculating flows.The different types of tubes and gauges.
  • Pumps and pressure groups.Calculating and designing water pumping stations.
  • Industrial installations. Domestic Hot Water (DHW) installations.
1.4. Water purification and treatment installations
  • Preliminary considerations. Fundamental concepts.
  • The structure of a sanitation network. Calculations for sanitation systems.
  • Basic concepts of purification. Water treatment.
  • Components sanitisation network. Mechanical calculations for underground plumbing.

1.5. Greywater and rainwater installations in buildings

  • Greywater installations: Water consumption studies in buildings. Current legislation. Centralized and de-centralized units. Devices. Treatment, sizing and design of units.
  • Rainwater installations: Legislation, structure, sizing and design of rainwater rendering installations. Elements, treatment and additional maintenances.
1.6. Solar thermal energy installations
  • Basic principles. Available solar energy. Calculation methods. Climate zones, orientation, inclination, etc. Calculating the surface area for solar energy collection. Calculations for the different parts of the installation.
  • Types of solar collectors. Adjustment and control.
  • Maintenance and regulations. RITE (Thermal installation code in buildings), CTE (Technical building code), etc.
1.7. Compressed air installations
  • Introduction to the theory of air. The different parts of a pneumatic installation. Regulations.
  • The qualities and constraints of compressed air. Calculations for sections and pressure loss. Maintenance.
  • Plan of action for a compressed air installation.
1.8. Natural gas installations
  • Applicable rules and regulations. Design and location criteria for pipes, parts and accessories.
  • Gas installation applications.
  • Natural gas installation schemes. The components of a gas installation.
  • Installations that require a project.
  • Applications for gas in commercial and industrial locations. Proper location and connection conditions for connecting a natural gas installations. Permanent and mobile Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanks.Symbols. Preliminary measurement for gas installations. The working project for gas installation in a building.
Design and Calculations used in Electronic and Special Installations
8 ECTS. 90 teaching hours.

2.1. Oil Hydraulics Installations

  • Oil hydraulic energy transmission systems.
  • Oils used in oil hydraulic systems. Properties and grades.
  • Pumps. Actuators. Cylinders and motors.
  • Conventional techniques: pressure measurement and directional control valves. Accumulators. Common configurations.
  • Proportional techniques: common configurations.
  • CEN and ISO general regulations.
  • Oil hydraulic installation maintenance.

2.2. Electrical Installations.

  • Introduction to low-voltage electrical installation and relating regulations.
  • Parts or elements of an electrical installation.
  • Governing regulations.
  • Indoor domestic installations. Levels of electrification. Points of use, number and features of circuits. Direct and indirect contacts. Ground installations. Section calculation.
  • Implementing regulations, calculation criteria and selecting components.
  • Installations in industries and services. Analyzing the needs.
  • Electrical distribution: main electric switchboard, secondary switchboards, lines and channels.
  • Selecting conductors and protections.
  • Public buildings. Additional supply. Network commuting.
  • Compensating reactive energy.
  • Electric frame. Current legislation. Electricity rates. Reactive energy.
  • Energy-saving in industrial and commercial installations. 
  • Practical cases.

2.3. Lighting Installations.

  • Light: concepts and intensity. Light sources and the technology behind them.
  • Lights: components, characteristics and photometry.
  • Lighting projects: parameters and regulations. Interior and industrial lighting.
  • Lighting projects: exterior lighting. Regulations, intensity, light pollution and calculations.

2.4. Single Installations. Power generators.

  • Main Elements of a power generator. Functioning modes.
  • Technical features and functioning modes.
  • Control systems and commuters between generator and grids.
  • Generator synchronizing.
  • Mechanical installation. Location criteria.
  • Vibrations. Cooling and ventilation.
  • Electrical installation: Ground posts. Soundproofing.
  • Regulations. Legislation.
  • Power calculation criteria for generators.
  • Operation under non-lineal loads.
  • Starting asynchronous motors.
  • Calculating the necessary generator power for an installation. Case Study.

2.5. Fire prevention and safety installations.

  • Introduction to fire. Flammable materials. Exterior agents. Fire extinguishing equipment and installations.
  • Fire alarm and detection system installation: control centres. Sirens. Fire extinguishing devices, equipment and systems organised according to the origin and type of fire. Compartmentalisation and evacuation. Water based extinguishing systems. Storage tanks. Extinguishing fire using interior and exterior fire hydrants.
  • Rules and regulations. Building code. Fire safety rules regulations for industrial spaces. Fire prevention installation regulations and UNE-EN regulations.

2.6. Fluid gas installations

  • Basic principles of vapour. Boiler rooms units. Vapour distribution.
  • Selecting valves, levers and controls. Traps. Sizing.
  • Calculating and detecting leakages. Condensate recovery.
3 ECTS. 9 teaching hours.
At the end of this programme students will complete a project with the guidance of a tutor.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Dr. Ingeniero Industrial

Teaching staff

  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Dr. Ingeniero Industrial
  • Antúnez Farell, Eloi
  • Calvo Català, Germà
    Technical Consultant
  • Carpio Riera, Josep
    Electramolins, S.A.
  • Cavaller Galí, Francisco
  • Cuesta de la Mata, Ana Belén
  • Esqué Timoneda, Albert
  • Esquerra Piza, Pere
    HVAC Specialist Advisory
  • Ferrer Guiteras, Jordi
    Water purification and Technology S. L. "Depurtech"
  • Gómez Santamaría, Santiago
  • Gonzalo García, Carlos
    Industrial Engineer. Industrial Technical safety. Gas Natural SDG, SA
  • Gordillo Martínez, Mireia
    Technical Consultant
  • Morón Romera, Juan
    UPC. Electrical Engineering Dept.
  • Ortiz Noval, Daniel
  • Pérez Puyuelo, Óscar
    Ursa Ibérica Aislantes, S.A
  • Pessarrodona Segues, Joan
    Soler & Palau, SA
  • Planas Rodríguez, Carla
  • Quintela Cortés, Jesús Manuel
    Doctor in Industrial Engineering. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the UPC
  • Ramos Muñoz, Josep Fernando
    Industrial Engineer. Industrial Technical Security. Gas Natural SDG, SA
  • Sempere i Ventura, Jordi
  • Solas Adell, Eduard
    HVAC Specialist Advisory
  • Soriano Rull, Albert
    Industrial Engineer. Technical Hidrosanitary. Director of Studies of the School of Electrical Installers and Plumbers of FERCA Barcelona. Guild School
  • Urpinas Gasol, Martí

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
20 ECTS (213 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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