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This lifelong learning course is also part of the training track for the postgraduate course in Conception, Design and Calculation of Mechanical, Electrical and Special Facilities.


Information 2021-2022 edition
The 2021-2022 edition of the lifelong learning course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
20th Edition
12 ECTS (114 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 2022
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
Edifici Vapor Sala
Rambla de Sant Nebridi, 10
08222 Terrassa
Why this lifelong learning course?

The complexity of today's industrial and commercial buildings shows the importance of planning and calculating optimal mechanical installations (ventilation, gas, plumbing). Students taking this course in Design and Calculation of Mechanical Installations will be able to design and carry out integrated projects in this area.

The course will cover ventilation, plumbing and sanitation and gas installations. It also includes solar heating energy installations, given the importance of energy use in modern buildings. Finally, another part of the course is devoted to studying pneumatic installations. All these specialist courses include the participation of expert professionals from each of these areas.


The main objective of the programme is to enable participants to carry out designs, calculations, checks and assessments of the various industrial installations in companies in the fields of air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, gas, pneumatics and thermal solar heating.

Who is it for?
  • Technical and Senior Engineers. 
  • Quantity Surveyors and Senior Architects.
  • Professionals wishing to specialise in the installations field.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 114h
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.
Lifelong learning diploma 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. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).
Range of modules
This lifelong learning course is part of the training track for the postgraduate course in Conception, Design and Calculation of Mechanical, Electrical and Special Facilities .
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.
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.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
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 lifelong learning 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

    Doctor in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Business Administration and Management from the Higher School of Business Administration and Management (ESADE). University Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the UPC for more than twenty-five years. He has been deputy director of relations with companies of the Higher Technical School of Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering Terrassa (ETSEIAT) of the UPC.

Teaching staff
  • Esqué Timoneda, Albert

    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Currently, he is Delegate Solutions to the company BAXI, dedicated to the manufacture of air conditioning products. In addition, it has 11 years of experience in the world of the design of facilities for buildings in the sector of plumbing, solar energy, sanitation, fire protection and combustible gases.

  • Ferrer Guiteras, Jordi

    Degree in Chemical Sciences. Diploma in Environment. He currently works at the company Depuración y Tecnología de la Agua, S.L. (Depurtech), as Head of the Engineering and Proxy Department performing the tasks of a commercial technician.

  • Pessarrodona Segues, Joan

    Industrial Technical Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), specializing in Electrical Machines. He is currently responsible for the Technical Advisory Department of the company Soler & Palau Sistemas de Ventilación, S.L.U., with 31 years of experience.

  • Planas Rodríguez, Carla
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor of the Department of Project Engineering and Construction at the UPC. Energy and sustainability consultant. Specializing in simulation tools applied to buildings, energy efficiency and environmental certifications (LEED, BREEAM and GREEN).

  • Soriano Rull, Albert

    Industrial Technical Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Technician in sanitary installations. Head of Studies at the Guild School of Electricity and Plumbing Installers of Barcelona.
  • Urpinas Gasol, Martí
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    Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He currently works as a Prescription Engineer for Engineering and Final Properties offices at CARRIER, with 15 years of experience in engineering, working as an Engineer for Air Conditioning and Energy Efficiency Projects. Coordination and Management of Projects and Execution of Works at: JG Ingenieros S.A., and later at PGI Engineering Barcelona.

Associates entities

Career opportunities

  • Technical designer of air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing and water treatment, solar energy, gas installations.
  • Technical Planner of machinery.
  • Responsible for maintenance and design of facilities.

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