Smart Building Technologies | Bachelor (Dual)

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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: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens

    Last chance: A few study/waiting list places are still available for a start in fall 2024.


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's 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.

Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 27 - 28, 2023
Date 2    Feb 4, 2024 Feb 19 - 21, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024 Apr 15 - 17, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 Jun 10 - 12, 2024
Date 5 Jun 30, 2024 Jul 15 - 16, 2024


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 (B2), Mathematics and Physics 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.

In just two steps to your desired study program at MCI:

Step 1 – Online application: CV & motivation

A complete online application consists of a CV, a letter of motivation, information on educational background, qualifications, professional career, social achievements and academic as well as professional goals. We would like to know why you are applying to study at MCI.

You may apply for more than one degree program at the same time, provided you can conclusively explain your respective motivations in your letter of motivation.

Step 2 – Online admission interview

In the second step, all applicants will be invited to an online admission interview.

In this interview, we want to get to know you. We are particularly interested in your motivation to study at MCI as well as your professional and personal goals you want to achieve with the help of your studies.

Within three weeks after the admission interview, we will inform you about the admission decision.

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's 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

The interdisciplinary cooperation between architecture and engineering and state-of-the-art knowledge management have enabled ATP to become Europe’s leading integrated design office. More than 1,500 employees in its current thirteen offices in the DACH+CEE Regions design for clients from the research and industrial, retail, real estate, and health sectors, with the support of ATP’s own in-house research specialists, design and consulting companies. Since 2012, ATP has exclusively designed digitally with BIM. In doing so, it uses the “corporate structure” of the group to permanently grow as a learning organization. In order to fulfill the responsibility of the building industry to future generations, the integrated design company has drawn up the ATP Green Deal, as confirmation of its complete commitment to climate-neutral and sustainable designing and building.

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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 1,300 people, is represented in nine European countries with its own branches, in which two 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. 

Click here to find out more about our company partner.Click here to find out more about our company partner.

iDM Energiesysteme GmbH

iDM Energiesysteme GmbH is a pioneer in intelligent heat pump systems and provides sustainable heat that makes you independent. Headquartered in Matrei in East Tyrol, iDM has been supplying cutting-edge technology in the field of renewable energy for over 45 years and is Austria's largest manufacturer of heat pumps from 2 to 1,500 kW. It is part of the PLETZER Group, a family-run group of companies with its roots in Tyrol. In addition to iDM, other companies in the PLETZER Group offer a wide range of career opportunities as part of the study program. These include Pletzer Immobilien – real estate throughout Austria, Pletzer Anton GmbH, which specializes in building and heating technology, and APL Apparatebau GmbH, a leading manufacturer of heat exchangers.

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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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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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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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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.


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

Sebastian Spitzer, student of the dual study program Smart Building Technologies at MCI; practical part at ATP architects engineers

The combination of theory and practice is simply perfect: We can put the knowledge we have acquired into practice right away on real projects - that motivates us immensely. At ATP architects engineers as a partner company, we are involved in the planning of highly complex buildings. Thanks to Integral Planning, we always work in interdisciplinary teams and thus learn to think outside the box.

Sebastian Spitzer, student of the dual study program Smart Building Technologies at MCI; practical part at ATP architects engineers

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

Felix Burr, student of the dual study program Smart Building Technologies at MCI; Practical part at ATP architects engineers

As a building technologist, I can help ensure that the buildings of tomorrow are energy-efficient and environmentally compatible. The degree program offers a wide-ranging education for this purpose, which I can apply in practice at ATP architects engineers. In terms of sustainability, we always work in accordance with the ATP Green Deal, which means that we plan in a CO2-neutral, resource-conserving and circular way.

Felix Burr, student of the dual study program Smart Building Technologies at MCI; Practical part at ATP architects engineers

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

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

  • Energy & Process Technologies

Optimal use of resources is a key factor in sustainable development. The research focus is at the interface between energy and process engineering and addresses the wide range of issues arising from this. The focus is on energy supply and storage from biogenic raw materials and renewable sources, as well as on water with its characteristics of waste water, process water and drinking water.

The aim of the research area's projects is to develop innovative solutions and concepts for current and future challenges, often in cooperation with partners from industry and research.


Building Performance

Biomass to Power & Heat

Decarbonization & Hydrogen Management

Energy Distribution & Storage

Membrane Technology & Water Treatment


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


At the MCI Alumni & Friends alumni club, MCI provides contacts, professional careers, personal development and the image of the MCI and its graduates. We are delighted when our graduates stay in contact with us beyond their graduation and allow us to share in their varied careers:


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.

During study phases, respectively from Monday to Friday 09:00 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.

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's and master's 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 studying. Practical and study phases alternate at regular intervals and in roughly equal parts. We have compiled further detailed questions and answers for you here.