Smart Building Technologies | Dual Bachelor program*

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Application Deadline: November 8, 2020

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 
  • Apply early to start your studies in September 2021

* subject to accreditation

BEFORE STUDYING

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.

OVERVIEW

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.

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

ADMISSION

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. 

 

Application
deadline

Entrance Exam &
Interview

Additional Exam

Date 1 08, Nov 2020 30, Nov - 02, Dec 2020 01, Dec 2021
Date 2 31, Jan 2021 22-24, Feb 2021 23, Feb 2021
Date 3 21, Mar 2021 12-14, Apr 2021 13, Apr 2021
Date 4 30, May 2021 21-23, Jun 2021 22, Jun 2021

 

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.

Study places will be allocated according to the following criteria:

Career – 20%

Special attention is paid to educational background and qualifications, possible professional careers and the study and professional goals mentioned in the CV.

Written entrance examination - 30%.

The written entrance examination comprises tasks on logical reasoning, numerical skills, long-term memory, English language skills and personality factors relevant to the study program. The examination is computer-based, lasts 2 hours and takes place on-site at MCI. Aids such as calculators, dictionaries, etc. are not permitted.

Multiple applications: In the case of multiple applications, the written entrance examination applies to all MCI Bachelor programs and must only be taken once.

Personal interview - 50%.

In the personal interview, the focus is on presentation, the discussion of the information provided in the application documents and the desired study and career goals.

Applicants will be informed about their admission status as soon as possible. Applicants who are not admitted due to limited places will be assigned to a waiting list and - if they are still interested - may be admitted if a place becomes available.

 

Application/Admission procedure Company partners

Admission to the dual study program Smart Building Technologies is linked to at least one application to one of our corporate partners. The application procedure with the respective corporate partners is individually organized.

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.

WHILE STUDYING

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.

Facts

ORGANIZATIONAL FORM
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.
SEMESTER TIMES
Fall term: September - February
Spring term: March - August
STRUCTURE
1st - 2nd semester: Fundamentals
From the 3rd semester: Advanced subjects in the field of building services engineering
6th semester: Bachelor thesis and examination
STUDY CONTRIBUTIONS
Mandatory ÖH contribution

MODULE OVERVIEW

Subject%
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%

STUDY PLAN

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

 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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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

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

Bus Systems Laboratory

    1 | 1         

 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering   2 | 4         
Fundamental 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

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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

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

Lightening Technology II

          3 | 5 (elective module)

 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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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

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Internship

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

 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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

Bachelor Exam

          0 | 1

 


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

COURSES

Mathematics I
Technical Physics
Engineering Mechanics
Design Engineering
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Data Security
Introduction to Academic Research
English I
Introduction to Building Technology
Business & Management: Basics for Engineers
Internship I

Mathematics II
Thermodynamics
Materials and Material Technology
Bus Systems
Bus Systems Laboratory
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
Fundamental of Electrical Engineering Laboratory
Internship II

Fluiddynamics
Water Supply and Waste Water Disposal Systems
Water Supply and Waste Water Disposal Systems Laboratory
Ventilation Technology
Ventilation Technology Laboratory
Measurement Technique and Intelligent Sensor Systems
Measurement Technique and Intelligent Sensor Systems Laboratory
English II
Accounting / Controlling
Internship III

Building Physics
English III
Buildings Envelope
Buildings Conception and Planning
Lightening Technology I
Process- and Project Management
Quality- & Environmental Management
Internship IV

Energy Engineering
Heating Technology
Heating Technology Laboratory
Refrigeration Technology and Air Conditioning
Refrigeration Technology and Air Conditioning Laboratory
Comfort in Building Technology
English IV
Fundamentals of Law
Life Cycle Assessment
Energy Certificate
Internship V

Bachelor Thesis
Bachelor Exam
Bachelor Seminar
Internship VI
Safety Engineering

Optional module Lightening Technology II or Specialisation Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Sanitary

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 09:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

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

PARTNER COMPANIES

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

With over 900 employees, ATP architects engineers 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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iDM Energy Systems - Pletzer Group

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

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 - LIGHT AT THE HIGHEST STAGE

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

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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HELLA sun and weather protection technology

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 four 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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Eurotherm

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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ABUKAR SAID, DUAL STUDENT AT THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MIDDLE HESSE AND EMPLOYEE AT ATP ARCHITEKTEN INGENIEURE (FRANKFURT)

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.

ABUKAR SAID, DUAL STUDENT AT THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MIDDLE HESSE AND EMPLOYEE AT ATP ARCHITEKTEN INGENIEURE (FRANKFURT)

GERALD HULKA, PARTNER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATP ARCHITECTS ENGINEERS (INNSBRUCK)

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.

GERALD HULKA, PARTNER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATP ARCHITECTS ENGINEERS (INNSBRUCK)

LUISA SAUPER, JUNIOR ENGINEER TGA/HKLS AT ATP ARCHITEKTEN INGENIEURE (INNSBRUCK)

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.

LUISA SAUPER, JUNIOR ENGINEER TGA/HKLS AT ATP ARCHITEKTEN INGENIEURE (INNSBRUCK)

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

HARALD ERHART, PROJECT MANAGER BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING AT ORTNER

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.

HARALD ERHART, PROJECT MANAGER BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING AT ORTNER

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

AFTER STUDYING

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.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS

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

MCI ALUMNI & FRIENDS

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:

CONTINUE STUDYING

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.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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.