Building technology, supply engineering and facility management

Engineers from supply and building engineering plan, design, build and operate efficient systems for the supply and disposal of single-family homes, residential complexes, commercial buildings or public facilities such as hospitals and schools.

The study field at a glance

These include water, electricity, gas, heat, wastewater disposal and air conditioning and ventilation. The equipment of buildings with modern energy technicians (solar systems, combined heat and power, heat pumps), fire protection systems and lifts belongs in this area. Facility Management manages individual buildings, facilities and facilities with the aim of optimizing cost-effectiveness and value retention and to ensure smooth operation.

Offered courses

The degree programs in this area can be studied undergraduate and postgraduate. Mostly the study takes place at universities of applied sciences.

The degree programs are generalist ("building technology", "technical building equipment", "supply technology", "plant operation technology") or have an environmental focus ("energy efficient building design", "building, energy and environmental technology", "building climate", "Green Building "," Supply and Environmental Technology "). Degree programs such as "Infrastructure Management", "Infrastructure Systems" or "Water and Infrastructure Management" deal with issues such as urbanization, transport planning and construction, climate change, sustainability and environmental protection. Degree programs such as "Technical Facility Management", "Real Estate Technology and Real Estate Management", "Construction and Real Estate Management" are usually to be seen as a technical-economic organization science.

Contents of the course

The students study basic modules in mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering (engineering mechanics, electrical engineering, material and design engineering, metrology, control engineering, thermodynamics, energy and environmental engineering, and pipeline construction).

Deepening opportunities are possible in areas such as technical building equipment / building technology: heating and air conditioning technology, gas, water and sanitary technology, electrical installation, rational use of energy, climate-friendly construction, fire protection, integrated planning; public and industrial supply: energy and refrigeration, gas, water and electricity supply, district heating, combustion and gas technology, energy industry; Environmental engineering: Pipeline construction, emission control, wastewater technology and waste management.

At technical universities / colleges a focus in the field of supply engineering can be formed in advanced mechanical engineering studies. Of particular importance is the field of heat and fuel technology.

In degree programs such as Facility Management or Real Estate Management, knowledge from the areas of business administration, engineering and natural sciences, but also law is imparted.

Admission criteria & course application

Depending on the university and degree program, the Fachhochschul- or the general university entrance qualification is sufficient for the application of partial admission-free study programs. In addition, some colleges conduct an internal university selection process.

Possible careers after graduation

Employment opportunities for engineers of the supply engineering and the technical building equipment consist in the project planning and construction management with companies of the sanitary, heating, air conditioning and ventilation technology, the bath and hospital operating technique, in the operational supervision of industrial enterprises and large building complexes (e.g. hospitals) with its own energy supply, in the development, testing and distribution of manufacturers of supply systems and products, in the planning and supervision of authorities (e.g. municipalities, building authorities) and utilities for gas, water, electricity and district heating, in building and infrastructure management and as an employee or self-employed person in engineering offices, experts' offices.

Facility managers work i.a. in companies in the construction, real estate and building industries, in real estate administrations and brokers, property developers, housing and real estate companies.