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Design and calculation of Instalaciones Eléctricas y Especiales

Lifelong learning course. Face-to-face.


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

This lifelong learning course can be taken independently or as part of the postgraduate course in Projection, Design and Calculation of Mechanical, Electrical and Special Installations.

The complexity of today's industrial and commercial buildings shows the importance of planning and calculating optimal electrical, safety and anti-fire installations. Students taking this course in Design and Calculation of Electrical and Special Installations will be able to design and carry out integrated projects in this area.

The course will cover lighting, generators and steam installations. Another part of the course is also devoted to studying oil hydraulic 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 electricity, lighting, generators, and steam and oil hydraulic installations.

Who is it for?

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



Design and Calculations used in Electronic and Special Installations
10 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.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Alabern Morera, Xavier
    Doctor Ingeniero Industrial por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Ingeniero Industrial por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Master en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por ESADE.

Teaching staff

  • Amagat Arimany, Carles
    Ingeniero Superior de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la UPC. Trabaja en la empresa SEGURIFOC, S.L, como Responsable Técnico. Asesoramiento contra incendios a clientes y formación PCI para personal de primera y segunda intervención. Es miembro del Consejo Administrativo.
  • Calvo Català, Germà
    Technical Consultant
  • Carpio Riera, Josep
    Ingeniero Industrial Superior, especialidad eléctrica por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Desde 2004 es Director Técnico en la empresa de fabricación de grupos electrógenos Electra Molins, S.A
  • Cavaller Galí, Francisco
    Ingeniero Técnico Industrial. Actualmente trabaja en la empresa SALVI Lighting Barcelona desde 2013 y es el Jefe de Proyectos. Es Vocal de la Junta de Gobierno del Comité Español de Iluminación y Representante Nacional de la 4º División de la CIE (Comíté Internacional de Alumbrado).
  • Gómez Santamaría, Santiago
  • Gonzalo García, Carlos
    Industrial Engineer. Industrial Technical safety. Gas Natural SDG, SA
  • Gordillo Martínez, Mireia
    Technical Consultant
  • Guitart Majoral, Ricard
  • Inglés Vendrell, Aurora
  • Morón Romera, Juan
    UPC. Electrical Engineering Dept.
  • Ruiz Molina, Antonio
    Spirax-Sarco, S.A.U.

General information

10 ECTS (90 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:07/03/2019Classes end:27/06/2019Programme ends: 12/09/2019
Tuesday  18:00 to 21:00Thursday  18:00 to 21:00
Taught at
Campus UPC Terrassa - Edifici CITM
C/ de la Igualtat, 33
Telephone: (34) 93 707 31 32
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.

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Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning 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
2.300 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning 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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