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Information 2019-20 edition
The 2019-20 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
24th Edition
30 ECTS (219 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Catalan / Spanish
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
October 2020
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
Campus UPC Terrassa - Edifici CITM
C/ de la Igualtat, 33
Why 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.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 117h
Mechanical Installation Design and Calculations
  • Air-conditioning installations (39 hours)
    • 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.

  • Ventilation and smoke extractor fan installations (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Plumbing and liquid pump installations. (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Sanitacion and Water treatment and Facilities Installations for Gray and Rainwater (15 hours)
    • 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.
    • 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.

  • Solar thermal energy installations (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Compressed air installations (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Natural gas installations (12 hours)
    • 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.
10 ECTS 87h
Design and Calculations used in Electronic and Special Installations
  • Oil Hydraulics Installations (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Electrical Installations (30 hours)
    • 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.

  • Lighting Installations (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Single Installations. Power generators (12 hours)
    • 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.

  • Fire prevention and safety installations (18 hours)
    • 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.

  • Computer program (3 hours)

8 ECTS 15h
Final Project
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.
Range of modules
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.
Postgraduate course:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & 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 of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Master's Degree in Business Management and Administration from ESADE.
Teaching staff
  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Master's Degree in Business Management and Administration from ESADE.
  • Amagat Arimany, Carles
    Advanced Degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He works at the company SEGURIFOC, S.L. as a Technical Manager. He advises clients on anti-fire measures and fire protection training for primary and secondary intervention personnel. He is a Member of the Administrative Council.
  • Calvo Català, Germà
    An Industrial Engineer. He was Technical Director at Cedisa in Terrassa and Head of Training and Occupational Hazards Prevention Manager at Celsa in Castellbisbal. He currently works as a trainer in several companies, including the Ports of Barcelona and Valencia, Seat in Martorell, Renault in Seville, Sicma in Montcada, among others.
  • Carpio Riera, Josep
    Degree in Industrial Engineering, specialising in Electrical Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Technical Director at Electra Molins, S.A., a company manufacturing generators.
  • Cavaller Galí, Francisco
    Technical industrial engineer. Project Manager at SALVI Lighting Barcelona. Experience of more than 25 years in product and technical lighting projects linked to industry, free exercise and teaching. Member of the Governing Board of the Spanish Lighting Committee and National Representative of Division 4 of the CIE (International Lighting Committee).
  • Esqué Timoneda, Albert
    Industrial Engineer at the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB), from the UPC. Currently, and for over a year, it is Delegate Solutions (prescription) in the BAXI company, dedicated to the manufacture of air conditioning products, such as boilers, thermal solar collectors, heat pumps ... In addition, It has 11 years of experience in the world of the projection of installations for buildings in the sector of plumbing, solar energy, sanitation, protection against fires and combustible gases. Previously, he also worked in 2 renewable energy companies.
  • Ferrer Guiteras, Jordi
    Graduated in Chemical Sciences. Diploma in the Environment. He currently works at the company Depurtech, Depuración y Tecnología del Agua, S.L., as Head of the Engineering and Proxy Department. He works as a commercial technician.
  • Gonzalo García, Carlos
    Degree in Industrial Technical Engineering. Spanish Gas Association. President of the UNE 60670, 60601 and other regulations for gas installations in buildings. Member of the RITE advisory committee. Director of Conaif-Sedigas Certificación. Technical Director of Gas Natural Italia, and other positions in the Gas Natural Fenosa Group. Teacher and examiner of gas installers in Spain, as well as Mexico, Ecuador and other Latin American countries.
  • Guitart Majoral, Ricard
    Architecture Studies at the ETSAB of the UPC. Master's in Calculation of Facilities for Zigurat Global Institute of Technology. Coordinator of Cype Catalunya, basically performing Training and Technical Support tasks to users of the software. Assistant as a teacher in the master's degree 'Design and Management of BIM environments' of the UdL and the' BIM Manager 'Postgraduate of the CAATEEB (Association of Surveyors) and' Project, Design and Calculation of Installations Mechanical, Electrical and Special 'of the UPC School. Member of the BIM Group of users of Catalonia.
  • Inglés Vendrell, Aurora
    A graduate in Economics and Business Studies from the UPF. She holds an MBE from the UPF and an MBA from EADA. She is currently working at ENDESA as the Compliance Officer.
  • Morón Romera, Juan
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    Holds a degree in Industrial Engineering. Lecturer on Electrical Installations in the EEBE-UPC Department of Electrical Engineering. Coordinator of the EEBE Degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Pessarrodona Segues, Joan
    Holds a Degree in Industrial Technical Engineering from the UPC, specialist in Electrical Machinery. Currently Head of the Technical Advice Departament at the company Soler & Palau Sistemas de Ventilación, with 31 years of experience.
  • 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
    Holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is currently working as a Specifying Engineer for Engineering and Final Properties at UTC Carrier Corporation. He has extensive experience in engineering, working as a project engineer for air conditioning and energy efficiency, project coordination and management and execution of works at JG INGENIEROS S.A. and subsequently PGI ENGINEERING.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Associació de Gestors de Manteniment
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Technical office management.
  • Head of technical department.
  • Technical plant planner.
  • Engineering engineer.
  • Responsible for maintenance and installation design.

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