What is... Building Services Engineering?
The buildings in which we live and work use about half our national energy. This energy use contributes to the CO2 [greenhouse gas] emissions. Building Services Engineers together with architects and structural engineers design environmentally-friendly new buildings and retrofit existing buildings and are responsible for the many mechanical and electrical systems that make our buildings work including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, water supply, fire protection, power, lighting and data communication systems. Creating such buildings that function effectively makes for a challenging and rewarding career. This year the programme is 31 years in existence.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
Career opportunities are found in four key areas: (i) in the exciting field of Low Energy Systems and utilising Renewable Energy from solar, geothermal and ambient sources (ii) in design of modern industrial facilities for clean room manufacturing in Pharmaceuticals, Microprocessors, Medical Devices (iii) in Energy and Facilities Management and in (iv) Project Management and statutory validation. Graduates are traditionally employed with blue chip organisations such as: ARUP, Hoare Lea, Jones Engineering Group, AXISENG, PM Group, Hevac, Grundfos, HSE, OPW.
What other options do I have after completion?
Generally graduates who reach an appropriate honours level have access to a range of taught masters degrees. Past graduates have progressed to PhD level in specialist research in Fire, Electrocromic Glazing and Low Energy Solutions. As a graduate with an accredited degree by Engineers Ireland you will have opportunities to progress to registered professional engineer status in Ireland and abroad.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
While there is a strong emphasis in the programme on the applied technology of mechanical and electrical systems (M&E) this delivery is complemented by a solid education in the underlying principles. As an honours degree programme with a 30 year unbroken history of accreditation by Engineers Ireland (the statutory body for regulation of the engineering profession) the programme delivery covers the four key areas necessary to produce a fully rounded professional engineer: (i) fundamental engineering education (ii) applied M&E modules in the discipline (iii) systems design skills through projects and software (iv) communication and management skills.
Contained within the programme are a number of modules which are virtually unique at undergraduate level in Ireland such as Refrigeration, Lighting and Acoustics, Facilities and Fire Engineering, and Energy in Buildings. The student is provided with an opportunity to study these areas to a depth not generally encountered at undergraduate level and as a result many go on to specialise in these specific areas.
Another unique feature of the programme is our three layered approach to the delivery of the increasingly important area of the dynamic thermal modelling of buildings and system performance. This involves the underlying principles, followed by computer modelling modules and finally the application is taught using industry standard software (such as IES).
The design of this programme results in a graduate who is well positioned to gain rewarding employment directly on graduation and is unlike many generic programmes which require further post graduate qualifications to gain employment.
- Fluid Mechanics
- Electrical Engineering & Electronics
- Building Fabric Load Assessment & Computer Modelling
- Engineering Economics & Management
- Design of Systems Assignments
- Engineering Materials
- Fuels Combustion Gas & Sanitary Services
- Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
- Emerging & Renewable Energy Technologies
- Mathematics & Engineering Computation
- Lighting and Acoustics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Heating Systems Design
- Electrical Power Systems
- Heat Transfer in Buildings
- Systems Design Practice (Project)
- Systems Design Practice (Software Utilisation)
- Air Conditioning & Ventilation
- Technical Investigation Report
- Emerging and Renewable Energy Technologies
- Computer Modelling & Simulation
- Heat & Mass Transfer
- Engineering Project Management
- Air Conditioning Engineering
- Fire Engineering
- Control Engineering
- Facilities Engineering
- Energy & Buildings
- Major Design Project (15 credits)
In all years of the programme there is a strong emphasis on low energy solutions.
Are there study abroad options?
Through the Erasmus Exchange Programme there are established links with continental colleges in Germany, France and Finland. There are particularly long established exchanges with the Hochschule Munchen (University of Applied Sciences in Munich). As a centre for Building Services Engineering in Germany this university is equipped with nine specialist laboratories covering all aspects of the discipline.
The School of Civil and Structural Engineering
T: 01 402 3826 (Dr B. Costelloe, Head of Department)
T: 01 402 3635 (School Office)
What our Students say!
Dominic MacA’Choiligh graduate of the DT026 programme and currently working as a senior design engineer in Building Services Engineering in Sydney.
“Having worked in the industry for the past six years both in Ireland and internationally I have found that the DIT Building Services Engineering Honours Degree Programme has given me both the practical and technical skills needed to work on a wide variety of interesting and significant projects, including the Sydney Opera House. The programme portability was key in giving me the background needed to work overseas where without having to sit any additional local examinations I have been able to easily transition to working with different design conditions, climate and environments. The fact that in Australia CIBSE design standards are also used was very beneficial. I have always found that employers, both domestically and internationally, have a very high regard for the course and its graduates.”