Cognitive practice for first-year full-time students of Building Engineering Systems and Intelligent Building Engineering study programmes

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Cognitive practice for first-year full-time students of Building Engineering Systems and Intelligent Building Engineering study programmes

On 4-15 September 2023, the Cognitive Practice was held for first-year students of full-time study programmes in Structural Engineering Systems and Intelligent Building Engineering (SS23D-1, IP23D-1). During the internship, a number of practical trainings and professional educational trips were organised for students of both study programmes.

6 September 2023 The first year of full-time studies of the Building Engineering Systems and Smart Building Engineering study programmes received professional practical training at the College, aimed at familiarising students with the selection of tools used in the installation of engineering systems, the different types of steel, polyethylene and non-ferrous pipes and their properties, and the tools used for threading, cutting and joining the pipes. The skills acquired during the Cognitive Practice training will help students in the future to prepare the Installation Practice Report, to prepare coursework in the subjects of Heating of Buildings, Water Management of Buildings, Installation of Engineering Systems.

On 7 September 2023, an educational trip to UAB “TECE Baltikum” (Verkių g. 34B, Vilnius) and practical training was organised for the first year students of the full-time study programme of Structural Engineering Systems. The aim of this educational trip was to introduce the students to the standards, assortment, selection criteria, pipe joining methods and installation of pipes used in engineering systems. The practical training was held at TECE Balticum UAB and was led by Aurimas Valatka, Project Manager of TECE Baltikum UAB. During the practical training, the students were introduced to the latest engineering systems (plumbing and heating, underfloor heating systems). TECEflex universal flexible pipe system for indoor plumbing, heating and underfloor heating systems, various connectors for connecting systems with multi-layer pipes. The students were also given the opportunity to make their own joints between pipes for different applications using connectors.

12 September 2023 Professional practical training was organised at the College for first-year full-time students of the Civil Engineering Systems and Smart Building Engineering study programmes to introduce students to the construction, purpose and rules of use of drones. The training was conducted by lecturer Natalija Augūnienė. During the practical training, students got acquainted with the requirements and rules of drone control and practically tested the capabilities of drones in an indoor environment.

13 September 2023 A professional educational trip to the Museum of Energy and Technology (Rinktinės g. 2, Vilnius) was organised for the first year students of full-time study programmes in Structural Engineering Systems and Intelligent Building Engineering. The aim of this educational trip was to introduce students to the principles of operation of thermal, hydro and nuclear power plants, the advantages and disadvantages of these power plants, and to provide them with knowledge about the use of alternative solar and wind energy. During the professional educational excursion, the tour guide told the students about the history of the establishment of the first Vilnius power plant, the equipment of the power plant at that time, and the peculiarities of supplying heat to the citizens. The students were also shown a solar power plant and a small wind turbine installed on the roof of the museum. The participants had the opportunity to see a model of a nuclear power plant, and the guide explained the working principle of the plant.

During the internship, the first year students of the Smart Building Engineering Study Programme also visited JUNG Vilnius, which has become a JUNG centre serving the Baltic States and Eastern European regions and embodying the highest standards. The company’s director R. Skurdenis told about the JUNG Vilnius training centre, presented smart building management systems and JUNG products, and explained how to properly integrate them into a well-thought-out concept consisting of materials, surfaces, colours, light, and intuitively controlled functionality. In a demonstration apartment and a hotel room in the smart demonstration area, the students were shown real smart home installations – automated lighting, shading, energy, security, video and sound control using KNX smart building technology with programmable scenarios.

14 September 2023 Practical training was given to the first year full-time students of the Building Engineering Systems study programme to familiarise them with the purpose of the heat unit, the main heat preparation equipment, other structural elements, the methods of connection to the plumbing fittings (by welding or threading) and the principle of operation of the unit. During the practical training, students learnt about the methods of district heating supply and production, the main equipment (heat exchangers) of the heat point (heat unit) for the heating system and hot water preparation of the building, the automated control measures and the principles of heat accounting.

Professional practical trainings and educational excursions were organised by Associate Professor Edita Šarkienė and Lecturer Virginija Urbonienė of the Department of Civil Engineering