Building Engineering / Innealtóireacht Foirgníochta

Programme Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Building Engineering

2021 CAO Points 273

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Building Engineers are responsible for designing the engineering systems in buildings. These systems consume almost half of all the energy we use today. Building Engineers together with architects design energy efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings.

All the mechanical and electrical systems inside a building which make it safe, make it work and make it a great place to be, come under the title of ‘Building Engineering’.

How do we design buildings that consume much less or even no energy at all? This is the challenge that you’ll face as a modern Building Engineer.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the course on low energy design and the application of what you learn through practical and project work. When you’ve completed the course you will have a detailed knowledge of the design of energy efficient engineering systems in modern buildings.

In the first year you’ll complete a “design, make and test” project. An example of this could be to design, make and test a solar collector. You will learn about how energy is used in buildings, how to design heating and ventilation systems and undertake mini project work. You will also study physics and maths.

In the second year you’ll learn more about the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and buildings using computer aided design. You will learn about assessing the energy performance and energy rating of buildings. Projects are an important part of the second year allowing you to apply what you have learnt during the lectures to an actual building. You will complete two design projects in the second year working in a group with other students.

The third year of the course includes the major design project and dissertation. The main design project builds on the project in the second year. You will design all the engineering systems for a large commercial building including design drawings and calculations. The dissertation is a detailed study into one area of your project that you find interesting. This might be about solar energy or a new method of air conditioning.

Study Abroad Opportunities
On progression from this programme to the level 8 (TU825) honours degree programme,  you have the option of spending 6 months with the Hochschule Munchen (University of Applied Sciences in Munich) which has nine specialist laboratories covering all aspects of Building Engineering.

Professional Accreditation
This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland and you can work anywhere in the world.

Further Study
Students who reach the appropriate level in the final year have the opportunity to join Year 3 of the Building Engineering Sustainable Energy Systems Honours Degree in TU Dublin.

Work Placement
We work with 20 industry partners to secure informal work placement over the summer for our students, both in Ireland and abroad.

Building engineers are one of the most sought after types of engineer and were the highest paid engineer category in the construction sector in 2019.

There’s a huge range of career opportunities, in four key areas:

(i) the exciting field of low-energy systems and using renewable energy from solar, geothermal and ambient sources

(ii) design of modern industrial facilities for clean-room manufacturing in pharmaceuticals, microprocessors and medical devices

(iii) energy and facilities management

(iv) project management and statutory validation.

This course has 100% employment rates (even in recessionary times). It is closely aligned with over 20 industry partners who recruit directly from the course, including Varmings, OCSO, Jones Engineering Group, AXIS Engineering, Dornan Group, Daikin, Homan and O’Brien, Wilo, Ethos Engineering, OPW, Cundall and Partners, JV Tierney’s, SIRUS, Kirby Group, McElroy and Associates, Designer Group, Heat Merchants, Quinn Downes, Tritech, Temec, Murphy Belton.

Tech companies such as Google and Facebook have their own in-house Building Engineering teams.

Graduate Job Titles:

Building Engineer
Building Services Engineer
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Sustainability Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Architectural Engineer (US)
Lighting Designer
Acoustic Specialist
Fire Services Engineer
Technical Sales Engineer
Project Manager
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning) Engineer

  • Semester 1 & 2 (Year Long)
    Computing and Engineering Graphics 
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Design and Communication
    Thermal Insulation, Cladding and Fabrication Technology
  • Semester 1
    Design Make and Test Project
    Energy and Buildings
  • Semester 2
    Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings 
    Thermal Performance of Buildings 
  • Semester 1&2 (Year Long)
    Computer Aided Design and Energy Performance 
    Construction Technology 
    Fluids & Thermodynamics
    Management Studies
  • Semester 1
    Water Services Engineering
    Heating Services Engineering
    Heating and Water Services Team Design Project
    Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Semester 2
    Air-Conditioning Engineering
    Air-Conditioning and Ventilation Team Design Project
    Electrotechnology, Electronics and Measurement
    Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Semester 1&2 (Year Long)
    Dissertation and Design Project
    Engineering Management
    Engineering Renewable and Low Energy Technologies
  • Semester 1
    Building Load Assessment & Computer Modelling
    Fuels, Combustion and Gas Services
  • Semester 2
    Acoustics and Vibration Engineering 
    Air Conditioning System Engineering
    Electrical Distribution & Control Systems
Building Engineering at TU Dublin gives students a set of skills which makes them sought after around the world and gives them the ability to work in a huge number of fields and roles which are challenging, interesting, enjoyable and well paid.
Highly regarded within the industry, as a graduate that was initially hired without the need for an interview due to my completion of the course, I feel it couldn’t stand to me anymore that it has.
A number of students from my year are on six-figure salaries, working all over the world, in pharmaceutical, oil and gas, data-centre technology and other leading industries.

Students who reach the appropriate level in the final year have the opportunity to join Year 3 of the Building Engineering Sustainable Energy Systems Honours Degree (TU825) in TU Dublin.

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate studies at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Engineering


3 years

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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Course Chair - Chris Montague

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Assistant Head of School - Dr Ciara Ahern