Smart Building Technologies | Dual Bachelor program

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Short Facts
  • Organizational form: Dual study program | German
  • Duration of study: 6 semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional examinations
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering | BSc or B.Sc.
  • Tuition fee: Statutory membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH); EUR 363,36 per semester plus statutory membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) exept for EU and EEA citizens
  • There are still a few remaining/waiting list spots available for study start in fall 2022.


The Smart Building Technologies course offers students a well-founded education in the field of building services engineering. The course of studies is offered in dual form. This means that several months of study at the university are followed by several months of experience in the field within innovative partner companies. In this way, theory and practice are continuously linked and students gain relevant work experience during their studies.


Student of Environmental, Process and Energy Engineering

The Bachelor program is aimed at prospective students with a fascination for technical challenges and a keen interest in building services engineering issues. The special form as a dual study program allows a long-term development of practical competence achieved during the study period.

In particular, the study program focuses on the fields of automation and information technology, the vast field of heating, air conditioning, ventilation and sanitary engineering, as well as lighting technology and therefore the deriving "human" component of well-being in rooms. The practical knowledge acquired during the studies can be enhanced during the phases of employment with the partner company. The dual study program focuses on the development of technical solutions for relevant, future-oriented challenges arising from the subject area of an increasingly digitalized building technique. The technical components are consolidated with courses in the fields of economics, management and social skills, which ideally prepare graduates for a successful start in the working world.

Prof. Dr. Werner Stadlmayr | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering
Prof. Dr. Werner Stadlmayr Head of Department & Studies

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

A prospective student is advised by an MCI employee on how to proceed


Applications for admission are accepted on an ongoing basis via our online application platform. In the sense of your personal further planning, we recommend that you submit your application early.

Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given.

Entrance Exam Interview Additional Exam*
Date 1 14, Nov 2021 29, Nov – 01, Dec 2021 07, Dec 2021 07, Dec 2021
Date 2 30, Jan 2022 tbd 22, - 23, Feb 2022 22, Feb 2022
Date 3 03, Apr 2022 tbd 26, - 27, Apr 2022 26, Apr 2022
Date 4 29, May 2022 tbd 21, - 22, Jun 2022 21, Jun 2022

Following prerequisites are required for admission:

  • A university entrance qualification (e.g. Matura, relevant university entrance qualification, vocational qualification).
  • Without a university entrance qualification but with relevant professional qualification, provided that one of the following prerequisites is also met:
    • successful completion of a relevant, vocational secondary school or
    • successful completion of a dual training program in relevant apprenticeships.

Applicants without a university entrance qualification with relevant professional qualifications and applicants with a German entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Advanced technical college entrance qualification) must also take additional examinations in the following subjects: German, English (Level I), Mathematics (Level II) and Physics (Level I) in order to fulfill the admission requirements. The level of the examinations corresponds to those of the university entrance qualification examination for natural science subject groups.

Applicants in the last school year can apply for a study place with their last current certificate prior to graduation. The school-leaving certificate has to be submitted at a later date, prior to the beginning of the study program, if the admission procedure has been passed successfully.

Places are allocated on the basis of the following criteria:

Career background & motivation - 30%
Particular attention is paid to educational background and qualifications, any professional career, further training, etc. Special consideration is given to motivation and study and career goals.

Online admission test - 20%
The online admission test consists of questions on deductive thinking, numerical abilities, English language skills, as well as a study-related personality profile.

Multiple Applications: The admission test applies to all business-related studies and has only to be taken once.

Online admission interview - 50%
The interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on the information provided in the application and to explain their academic and professional goals.

Applicants will be informed of the admission decision as soon as possible. Applicants who cannot be admitted due to limited places will be put on a waiting list and - if they are still interested - may be admitted if a place becomes available.

A student of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering explains a plan hanging on the wall to two other students.A student of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering explains a plan hanging on the wall to two other students.


MCI programs are characterized by the quality of its content, its proximity to the business world and its internationality. Thanks to close co-operation with our partners in the business world, this study program forms an outstanding symbiosis of study and professional life. Personal development and the acquisition of social and intercultural skills are equally important components to the program as well as the transfer of comprehensive professional knowledge.

Smart Building Technologies

The Bachelor program Smart Building Technologies offers students a broad engineering education with excellent career opportunities in the fields of building services engineering and building automation.

This future-oriented dual study program enables students to receive practical training in close cooperation with renowned corporate partners. The focus is always on the well-founded, application-relevant teaching of its content. The study program focuses on solutions for current challenges from the core areas of building services engineering in order to meet growing comfort requirements in symbiosis with architecture and building physics and at the same time to conserve resources and the CO2 budget. The focus on networked technologies enables highly automated and controllable building techniques of tomorrow. Courses in the fields of economics and social skills also provide basic entrepreneurial knowledge to prepare students for the international working world.


Dual study program: Students are employed by a company partner for the entire duration of their studies. Each semester consists of one study and one practical phase.
Fall term: September - February
Spring term: March - August
1st - 2nd semester: Fundamentals
From the 3rd semester: Advanced subjects in the field of building services engineering
6th semester: Bachelor thesis and examination
Mandatory ÖH contribution


Scientific and Technical Basics 11%
Engineering Sciences 19%
Information Technology 6%
Automation & Measurement & Control 6%
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Sanitary 12%
Comfort in Building Technology 7%
Business & Management / Key Competencies 11%
Internship 17%
Practical R&D / Bachelor Thesis 11%


Mathematics 4 | 5 4 | 5        
Technical Physics   4 | 5            
Engineering Mechanics 2 | 3          
Design Engineering 2 | 2          


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Thermodynamics   3 | 5        
Materials and Material Technology   3 | 5        
Fluiddynamics       3 | 5       
Building Physics       4 | 5     
Buildings Envelope       3 | 5     
Energy Engineering         3 | 5   

Safety Engineering

          3 | 5 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Information Technology and Data Security  3 | 5          
Bus Systems    2 | 4        

Bus Systems Laboratory

    1 | 1         


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering   2 | 4         
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory   1 | 1        
Measurement Technique and Intelligent Sensor Systems     2 | 4      

Measurement Technique and Intelligent Sensor Systems Laboratory

    1 | 1      


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Water Supply and Waste Water Disposal Systems     2 | 4       
Water Supply and Waste Water Disposal Systems Laboratory     1 | 1       
Ventilation Technology     2 | 4       
Ventilation Technology Laboratory     1 | 1      
Refrigeration Technology and Air Conditioning           2 | 4    
Refrigeration Technology and Air Conditioning Laboratory         1 | 1  
Heating Technology          2 | 4   
Heating Technology Laboratory         1 | 1  

Specialisation Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Sanitary

          3 | 5  (elective module)


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Lighting Technology I       3 | 5     
Comfort in Building Technology         3 | 5   

Lighting Technology II

          3 | 5 (elective module)


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Introduction to Academic Research 1 | 1           
English I 2 | 2           
Introduction to Building Technology 1 | 1           
Business & Management: Basics for Engineers 1 | 1           
English II     2 | 2       
Accounting / Controlling     2 | 3      
English III       1 | 1    
Quality- & Environmental Management       2 | 2    
Process- and Project Management       2 | 2    
English IV         1 | 1  
Fundamentals of Law         2 | 2  
Life Cycle Assessment         1 | 1  

Energy Certificate

        1 | 1  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits



 0 | 5   0 | 5   0 | 5  0 | 5  0 | 5   0 | 5  


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Buildings Conception and Planning       3 | 5    
Bachelor Seminar           1 | 2
Bachelor Thesis           0 | 12

Bachelor Exam

          0 | 1


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

The Bachelor program Smart Building Technologies is offered as a dual study program. The students are in a paid employment with a company partner for the entire duration of their studies. Each semester, students complete both a study phase at the university and a practical phase at the company.

The courses in the study phase at MCI take place from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM. In exceptional cases, the times may vary and the lessons and/or examinations may take place outside the specified times.

The program is completed with the academic degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, or BSc or B.Sc. for short, and is certified accordingly (degree certificate, Bachelor degree certificate, international Diploma Supplement, etc.).

MCI Alumni are entitled to use their academic degree in conjunction with the "MCI" brand to provide confidence and orientation in an increasingly opaque education and science market. Example: BA (MCI).

Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013


The consistent linking of science and practice is at the core of the Entrepreneurial School®, and the cooperation with companies and organizations of different sizes and industries forms an essential cornerstone of this. It is not only our students who profit from this unique cooperation, but also MCI’s partners in practice.

PARTNER COMPANIES Smart Building Technologies
ATP architects engineers Innsbruck

With over 900 employees, ATP architects engineers Innsbruck is one of Europe’s leading integrated design offices. We design digitally, in interdisciplinary teams. Always. Enjoying our successes and showing responsibility for the future. We solve complex challenges within the dynamic network of a learning organization. Pioneers of integrated design for more than 40 years, we are driving forward the digitalization of the building sector today as early movers in the use of building information modeling (BIM). With our finger on the pulse. And as innovation leaders, who are constantly seeking to keep a step ahead.

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Eurotherm S.p.A.

We are an Italian company based in Bolzano, part of a production group called "E Group".
Indoor comfort, intended as design and creation of a climate tailored to everyone’s needs, has always been our passion.
For almost 40 years, we have been selling floor, ceiling and wall radiant systems for heating and cooling, suitable for buildings of all sizes and for all uses (residential, tertiary, industrial). Production takes place within "E Group": all components are made in Italy and guaranteed for life.
In terms of climate comfort, we offer global expertise culminating in the development of SmartComfort 365, a technology for intelligent management of the radiant system even remotely.
The commitment to research is always active and involves international partners such as Eurac Research, currently collaborating with us in the NEW-AIR project aimed to defining new approaches and technologies that improve the healthiness of environments and thermal comfort by reducing energy consumption.

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HELLA Sonnen- und Wetterschutztechnik GmbH

HELLA is one of the leading European suppliers of sun, light and weather protection systems for buildings. The company, which has its headquarters in Abfaltersbach in East Tyrol and employs 1,350 people, is represented in nine European countries with its own branches, in which three of them operate production plants. In the field of building equipment, the product portfolio includes coordinated exterior and interior solutions, security systems and their electronic control systems, and it is constantly updated with the latest architectural trends. The products create individual light profiles, protect against the effects of sun and weather, help to secure buildings and help to reduce energy consumption. In developing its portfolio, HELLA relies on the innovative strength of its employees, which has grown over decades.

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iDM Energiesysteme GmbH

iDM Energiesysteme GmbH has been supplying cutting-edge technology in the field of renewable energies for 40 years and, with over 7,000 heat pumps a year, is Austria's largest manufacturer of heating heat pumps for building services from 2 to 1,500 kW. iDM is part of the PLETZER Group, a traditional Tyrolean family business with about 850 employees in the fields of industry, tourism and real estate. In addition to the professional fields resulting from this study at iDM, the Pletzer Group offers very interesting job opportunities in the companies Pletzer Installationen GmbH, with headquarters in Hopfgarten in Tyrol, which deals with planning and realization of building services engineering and heating technology, as well as MP Consulting GmbH, with headquarters in Hopfgarten in Tyrol, which optimizes and operates buildings all over Austria both economically and in terms of energy, further very interesting career opportunities within the scope of this study.

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ORTNER Ges.m.b.H.

ORTNER Ges.m.b.H. is part of IGO INDUSTRIES and among the top players in building technology and systems engineering. With around 1100 employees in Innsbruck, Vienna and Munich, the family-owned company has been planning and implementing complex building technology projects and industrial and environmental systems for 115 years - from hospitals, buildings and systems for the pharmaceutical industry, offices and hotel buildings to shopping centers.
Highly qualified committed teams and their extensive expertise ensure success. Being on the pulse of the times is the order of the day at ORTNER and lifelong learning is our path to the goal.
Lifelong learning is the way to achieve your goals. The close cooperation with the MCI is a logical consequence.

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Mader GmbH

Mader is a South Tyrolean company and employs over 200 people in the HVAC, electrical engineering, construction and real estate sectors.

From planning to execution, Mader is able to offer everything from a single source: from architecture to shell construction and technical building equipmentto maintenance and service.

Mader is located in Sterzing, Bruneck, Brixen, Bozen and Munich.

Mader attaches great importance to technical innovations and sustainability. Mader already has experience with BIM planning, as well as with augmented reality on the construction site during assembly and with final status surveys by 3D scan.

By setting up its own department that focuses intensively on renewable energies, Mader wants to help achieve climate targets and promote a sustainable energy supply for buildings. Whether district heating plants or hydrogen plants - Mader has the know-how.

The training of young people is particularly important to Mader: This includes 70 young people who have already completed their apprenticeship at Mader, work students who write their final thesis at the company as well as employees who study at Mader while working to expand their knowledge.

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planlicht GmbH & Co.KG

Our passion is light - and we have been doing so for over 30 years. We produce our high-quality lamps exclusively in Austria and distribute them all over the world. We are experts when it comes to the best light for people.

As an internationally operating company, planlicht is specialized in the production and distribution of high-quality lamps and lighting systems for stores and offices. First-class service standards and a strong export orientation distinguish us from our competitors. We currently employ about 160 people at nine company locations in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, England, Finland and Sweden.

From the development of the product idea to product manufacturing, everything takes place in-house. With its own technology and development department as well as an in-house lighting laboratory, planlicht is a technology expert in the field of biodynamic lighting.

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SPIEGLTEC GmbH – engineering services

SPIEGLTEC GmbH is an independent technical planning office with expertise in project planning and implementation. For over 20 years we have been specialised in the pharmaceutical, chemical and metallurgical industries. 

As a general planner, SPIEGLTEC’s core competencies lie in process technology and process engineering, outfitting buildings (HVAC), automation, engineering for public authorities, and legal compliance.  We partner our clients through all phases of the planning and implementation, and offer further services such as consulting, project controlling, operational management support, CAD, project management, plant qualification and validation, so that the entire range of services for even the most challenging projects can be managed.

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In a dual study program, important key points are connected: scientific theory and business practice. It is great that MCI now also offers the opportunity to study the exciting field of building services engineering. I can highly recommend ATP as a corporate partner. This is a place where teams of architects, structural engineers and engineers plan the buildings of tomorrow. With enthusiasm, I feel very much at home here.



Building services engineering is a future-oriented industry with enormous career opportunities for young people with big plans. After completing the dual study program at MCI, they can already look back on three years of work experience and thus, are well on their way to climbing the career ladder to the top.



The building services are the heart of each building. It lays the foundation for the efficient use of energy and resources. The focus of integral planning is on solutions that offer users optimum function and high-energy efficiency. The buildings of the future will be intelligent, comfortable and climate-neutral. This motivates me for my work in building services engineering.


Julina Petutschnigg, apprentice, IDM Energy Systems

As an employee of iDM, you will quickly find yourself in the most diverse areas of building services engineering, from energy technology to comfort issues and room comfort. Getting to know these exciting new topics is often not easy. Such a unique course of study provides the perfect background for this; in combination with the practical experience of a modern future-oriented company.

Julina Petutschnigg, apprentice, IDM Energy Systems

Felicitas Kohler BA, CEO, Planlicht

This course of study combines training and career as a whole. The high quality of the study program is complemented by great partner companies. It is an excellent opportunity to immediately implement knowledge into practice.

Felicitas Kohler BA, CEO, Planlicht

Manfred Pletzer, Managing Director, IDM-Energiesysteme

Through smart, innovative building technology, we can make a significant contribution to CO2 savings and thus effectively counteract climate change. The generation and management of heating and cooling from renewable energy is a key technology for the coming decades. The demand for appropriately qualified key employees and smart technicians will grow enormously in the coming years. The dual study program offers the ideal conditions for a targeted and efficient training and rapid integration into work processes.

Manfred Pletzer, Managing Director, IDM-Energiesysteme

DI (FH) Christian Peintner, Managing Director, SPIEGLTEC

As an engineering company in the industrial environment, SPIEGLTEC always has a high demand for qualified employees who are able to meet the requirements of handling demanding projects in the field of technical building equipment, process technology and infrastructure systems. In this respect, we consider the dual study program at MCI to be an ideal opportunity for a sound technical, but also practice-oriented education in a highly demanding and promising field of activity.

DI (FH) Christian Peintner, Managing Director, SPIEGLTEC

Andreas Kraler, MBA; Managing Partner, HELLA

HELLA supplies not only the products, but also systems for controlling sunlight. Premium quality, full service and high tech for each room and every day are at the core of our company. Our products are part of a holistic construction project. We therefore support training that enables graduates to think and plan in an interdisciplinary and systemic way.

Andreas Kraler, MBA; Managing Partner, HELLA

Robert Weitlaner, MSc, Head of Research, HELLA

Cross-trade control of buildings is essential for reducing energy consumption and optimizing  interior comfort for users. The dual study program at MCI provides you with the necessary and unique understanding of the energy flows through the facade and the networking of all parts of a building by means of intelligent control logic.

Robert Weitlaner, MSc, Head of Research, HELLA

Daniel Hargaßner, MSc; MCI graduate and project engineer at SPIEGLTEC

In addition to the sound scientific training at the MCI, this course of study offers practical usage of accumulated knowledge in the field. This combines the best of both fields and prepares the students in an excellent way for the coming challenges in building services engineering.

Daniel Hargaßner, MSc; MCI graduate and project engineer at SPIEGLTEC


The diverse challenges that come along with the broad field of activity as well as the constant technological development – this is what makes my job so exciting.


Marta Avantaggiato, PhD, technical consultant at Eurotherm

My research and training at an international level has led to a stimulating professional career at Eurotherm. I am very happy with it.

Marta Avantaggiato, PhD, technical consultant at Eurotherm


Studying at MCI is an investment in a successful future. Thanks to close co-operation with the business world and the practical orientation of all the study programs, MCI graduates are in particularly high demand on the job market and have several job offers even before graduation.


  • Building automation
  • Water supply
  • Water Disposal
  • Ventilation technology
  • Heating Technology
  • Air-conditioning technology
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Sun and weather protection
  • Lighting Technology


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The MCI offers a range of internationally oriented Master programs. The completion of a Master degree qualifies students to pursue a doctoral program in the relevant field.


An application is possible without a diploma and is recommended in order to secure your desired study place as early as possible. In this particular case, the last available Annual certificate must be attached to the application. In the case of admission to a course of study, the diploma must be submitted subsequently before the start of the course of study.

Usually, the written entrance examination must be taken at the MCI. Applicants are asked to reserve the dates for this in good time (see application deadlines). The exact dates and times will be announced immediately after the application deadline. Should applicants be unable to attend on a particular date, further dates will be made available for taking the written entrance examination.

Under the item "Admission" on the respective course website, you will find preparation documents for the written admission procedure.

Dual study: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:45

Generally, attendance is mandatory for all courses. If the absence per course exceeds 25%,  the positive completion of the course will be affected.

In exceptional cases (e.g. illness, visits to authorities or other personal reasons), the course director may grant an exemption from the attendance obligation upon written application by the student.

The program is taught in German. However, English is part of the module Business & Management / Key Competences.

Yes. Working in the laboratory requires that the necessary safety guidelines and precautions are met and that the safety instructions of the course instructor are followed. Therefore, mandatory safety instructions are provided at the beginning of the Bachelor and Master programs. All students, without exception, must attend these instruction sessions. The dates for such safety-instruction sessions are organized by the program coordinator.

A dual study program is a combination of work experiences and study. Practical and theoretical phases alternate at regular intervals and in roughly equal parts.