Technical Building Equipment and Supply Engineering (B.Eng.)

How can we turn buildings into smart buildings in the future? How do we intelligently develop urban supply networks? How can energy, water, electricity and heat be connected? The transformation of energy systems presents us with the challenge of developing innovative and networked building and supply technology that will have a lasting change on our lives. Engineers in this field are actively helping to shape the future of this field.

structure of the studies

The Bachelor's programme comprises 7 semesters. In the first three semesters of the programme, the focus is primarily on the fundamentals of science and basic technical knowledge. This training section is supplemented by subjects in which the business and legal knowledge essential for engineers is imparted. Computer science training also belongs to this study section.

In the higher semesters, the course of study has a stronger subject-specific orientation. The core subjects of supply engineering (heating technology, air conditioning technology, etc.) are the focus here as compulsory subjects. This range of subjects is supplemented by elective modules (technical English, lighting technology, etc.). Students select compulsory elective modules themselves, whereby examinations must be taken in a certain number of these subjects. Within the framework of these compulsory elective modules, courses of other courses of study at the Trier University of Applied Sciences or other universities can also be attended.

The 5th semester is a practical semester in which the students apply their skills acquired up to then for the first time in a building services engineering or supply engineering company. Instead of the practical semester, a study semester at a foreign university is also possible. To this end, a cooperation agreement has been concluded with the bachelor's programme in Energy and Environment at the University of Luxembourg. With the introduction of the practical semester, the previous obligatory pre-study internship was dispensed with.

In the 7th semester, the degree course is completed with a Bachelor's thesis, most of which is already being written outside the university in a company specialising in supply engineering or building services engineering. The final thesis lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. With this thesis, the students prove that they are able to successfully solve a technical problem within a given period of time independently with scientific means.

Building on their studies, the Trier University of Applied Sciences offers a Master's programme in Energymanagement. This practice-oriented course of studies enables students to hold management positions in business and to pursue a career in the higher public sector.

job description

It is part of the standard of living of industrial societies that clean air, clean water, heat, light and electricity are available at all times. We are so accustomed to clean, fresh, cold and warm drinking water flowing out of the pipes when we open the tap, when the light comes on, when we turn on the switch, or when the house gets warm when we turn on the heating, that we hardly care about how this comfort is provided.

It is the engineers from the "Technical Building Equipment and Supply Technology" department, together with the contractors and component manufacturers, to whom we owe this security of supply.

Engineers of the "Technical Building Equipment and Supply Technology" are in charge of the planning, construction and operation of the technical facilities. This includes the building services engineering trades:

  • Heating technology,
  • Air conditioning technology,
  • Ventilation technology,
  • Refrigeration,
  • Sanitary engineering,
  • Gas technology,
  • Electrical and
  • Lighting technology. 

Usually, the term "building" is first used to refer to residential buildings, i.e. detached and multi-family houses, terraced houses, blocks of flats, etc. Everyone has an approximate idea of the technical supply systems installed there. But office buildings, schools, meeting places, hotels, hospitals, commercial buildings, industrial halls, restaurants and similar facilities are also buildings that need to be supplied with electricity, gas, heat, water and air and have different requirements depending on the type of use.

In industrial companies, the supply of the above-mentioned trades is often added to the supply:

  • Steam
  • Thermal oil and
  • Compressed air
  • as well as the process water and
  • Waste water treatment.

Engineers of the "Technical Building Equipment and Supply Technology" do not only ensure the distribution within buildings. The supply up to the building as well as the disposal of the resulting exhaust air and waste water flows are also part of their field of activity.

Therefore, they are also involved in the planning, construction, operation, repair and optimisation of power plants, electricity grids, gas grids, water grids, sewage grids, sewage treatment plants, etc. The basics taught during their studies also make it possible for them to gain a foothold as lateral entrants in other industries, for example:

  • Environmental technology,
  • Firing technology,
  • industrial heat technology.

Areas such as

  • Energy and building management,
  • Energy consulting,
  • Building automation,
  • Distribution,
  • Customer service,
  • Education,
  • Training,
  • Teaching,
  • Research and Development 

round of the range of activities.

Of course, no single person can cover all the above fields alone. The study of the technical building equipment and supply engineering permits the graduates however the entrance in these ranges. In the first few years of their careers, they then specialise in a specific field. One becomes, for example, "specialist planner for heating, air-conditioning and ventilation technology" in a planning office, "plant manager for supply technology" in an industrial company, "training consultant for heating equipment" at a boiler manufacturer or "manager for network operation for gas supply" at an energy supplier. One is also not completely fixed with the first employment. During the first five to ten years of working life, it is still relatively easy to reorient oneself and shift the focus of one's work.

In recent years, a further fundamental aspect has been added to the occupational profile of "technical building services and supply engineering" in addition to pure supply security: the energy turnaround. This requires a complete conversion of the energy supply to renewable energies (wind and water power, solar and geothermal energy, photovoltaics, biogas, biomass) and a drastic reduction of the energy demand in all areas. In order to achieve these goals, the existing supply and utilisation structures must be completely redesigned. Therefore, talented, creative, motivated, efficient engineers of the "Technical Building Equipment and Supply Technology" are urgently needed.

career prospects

The labour market for engineers working in "technical building services and supply engineering" is very good. Employment opportunities exist in:

  • firms that carry out heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and sanitation work
    Acquisition, planning, construction supervision, acceptance
  • manufacturers of plant components (heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.)
    Sales, training, research+development
  • planning offices
    Acquisition, consulting, planning
  • consultancies
    Acquisition, analysis, consulting, reporting
  • municipal utilities
    operation, maintenance, planning, purchase, sale
  • power stations
    Operation, maintenance, optimization
  • water and sewage works
    Operation, maintenance, optimization
  • industry
    Operation, maintenance, optimization

In 2014, the starting salaries of new entrants to the labour market ranged between € 40,000 and € 50,000 (gross annual salary) according to sector. The annual salaries of engineers with more than two years of professional experience range from €50,000 to €75,000 (gross). Depending on the area of activity and responsibility, however, significantly higher salaries can also be achieved.

admission requirements
  • General qualification for university entrance,

  • Technical college entrance qualification,

  • Master craftsman training or

  • Professional qualification with qualified result and subsequent two years of professional experience.

    In principle, the admission requirement is the higher education entrance qualification according to §65 Abs. 1 und 2 HochSchG or a higher education entrance qualification recognised as equivalent by the competent state authorities.


applications and enrolment

Enrolment is possible for both the winter semester and the summer semester. If you enrol for the summer semester, the first semester serves as an orientation semester. Bridge courses are offered for all basic subjects in order to compensate for school-specific differences.

The registration takes place in the application portal

Application for students of higher semesters

Of course, the general admission requirements must also be fulfilled for applications for higher semesters. The department decides on the placement in the respective semester on the basis of the achievements at the previous university.

Application for a second degree

A second course of studies is given if a first course of studies has already been successfully completed. In this case, the application must be accompanied by a certified copy of the degree certificate and, in the case of N.C. degree programmes, a justification of the second degree course desired.


application deadlines

The current application deadlines can be found here: application deadlines



contact and advice

At a glance

    Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
    summer & winter semester
    7 semesters | 210 ECTS, including practical semester
    free admission, no numerus clausus
    full time, cooperative
    none, but semester contribution
    international study and research projects possible, optional semester abroad
    high practial relevance, future-oriented, supporting courses (tutorials, evening courses), small study groups, intense student support by the professors, familiar atmosphere, outstanding career opportunities


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