Whether production lines for car manufacturing, large ships and power plants, aircraft engines or tiny medical devices, whether individual machines or entire plants, mechanical engineers are responsible for developing and designing the widest conceivable range of products. In so doing, they establish the foundation for quality of life and progress throughout the world! In Germany, mechanical engineering is one of the largest industrial sectors and the demand for good engineers in this field is vast not only in the domestic market but at international level too. Thanks to new materials and the use of state-of-the-art computer technology, mechanical engineering has changed significantly.
The Mechanical Engineering programme at UAS_BO is just right for you if you are fascinated by new technology and want to experience and get to grips with it.
With the bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UAS_BO, you are ideally qualified for the employment market. In the framework of modern, practice-oriented training at UAS_BO, you gain sound and solid knowledge, acquire practical skills through a large number of exercises and practical classes in the laboratories, learn how to deal diligently with technology and experience creativity – during a semester abroad as well should you wish.
From the fourth semester onwards, you can choose from the following specialisations:
1. Design and Development
- Deepening your knowledge empowers you to design and calculate innovative products. With the help of a 3D CAD system, you can transform your ideas into reality: You learn how to make a computer model from complex components and assemblies directly on the computer in a practice-oriented way. 3D models form the basis for computer-aided engineering (CAE) using the FEM method. In addition to theory, practical examples are calculated in computer exercises here too (compulsory modules: Design Engineering, CAE, CAD/FEM). In the electives, you can explore a number of other fascinating topics associated with this area of specialisation (e.g. simulation, machine dynamics, simultaneous engineering, etc.).
2. Production and Logistics
- You focus on the technical, organisational and economic prerequisites for a future-oriented type of production. Technical knowledge of the manufacturing process together with the materials used, surface requirements, production processes and measuring methods form the basis. The ERP course gives you an insight into how a customer-oriented production process is organised. You are taught skills in SAP that ensure practice-oriented knowledge transfer (compulsory modules: Machine Tools, Production Planning, Production Logistics and Value Chain Management). Further elective modules include e.g. Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, Technical Image Processing, Welding and Joining, etc.).
3. Digital Production (new!)
- Building on the principles of the engineering sciences, “Digital Production” as a specialisation further hones your specific skills in modern automation, robotics, networked systems (cloud computing, network communication) and digital methods in production. The programme thus responds to the needs of what is known as the “digital transformation of industries” (Industry 4.0). Modern control systems (Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)) recognise their physical surroundings, process these data and can influence their physical environment in a coordinated way. This necessitates a close coupling of the physical model in a given application and the computerised control model. CPS mostly comprise a large number of networked components that coordinate themselves independently (compulsory modules: Structured Programming, Robotics, CPS). Possible elective modules include e.g. Application Programming, Manufacturing Metrology, Technical Image Processing, etc.
4. Energy and Environmental Technology (new!)
- This new specialisation prepares you for performing tasks and solving problems in the two growth sectors of energy technology and environmental technology. On the one hand, you familiarise yourself with processes and technologies dedicated specifically to supplying a type of useful energy that is environmentally friendly as well as environmentally friendly products. On the other hand, you learn to quantify, assess and manage ecological indicators – both at corporate level as well as in product management (compulsory modules: Environmental Process Engineering, Energy Technology, Resource Efficiency and Life Cycle Assessment). You can explore a number of other fascinating topics in this area of specialisation too, e.g. aerodynamics of efficient vehicles, energy production, distribution and networks, principles of electromobility, alternative fuel vehicles, etc.
1. Subject-related work placement
10-week work placement
As a rule, at least half the work placement must be completed before commencing the programme and proof produced at the time of enrolment; proof of the remaining part can be produced up until the start of the third subject-related semester.
Exception for the 2020/2021 winter semester: Students must not produce proof of a work placement at the time of enrolment. Proof can be produced for the entire duration of the work placement up until the start of the fourth subject-related semester. This rule applies exclusively for students enrolling for the first time in the 2020/2021 winter semester.
- Manual techniques for working with metals, plastics and/or other materials
- Machining techniques with cutting and non-cutting machines
- Connection techniques
- Electrical installation, electrical machines, switching and measuring devices
- Servicing of communication technology components
- Assembly and maintenance of machines, apparatus and plants
- Measuring and testing – error analysis
- Instrumentation and control engineering, electronics
- Corporate hardware and software services
- Operations setup and workflow organisation
- Joining techniques
- Tool, jig and gauge making
- Surface treatment
- Design, development or testing
- Quality assurance, production planning
Training and occupational activities in a professional field related to the subject can count towards the work placement.
2. Higher education entrance qualification
Admission to the programme is conditional on a higher education entrance qualification.
You require one of the following:
- Higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
- General higher education entrance qualification: German Abitur
- An entrance qualification recognised as equivalent
In the case of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a differentiation is often made between the academic part and the practical part. The academic part is completed at school. The practical part can be a completed training course (e.g. apprenticeship) or a 6 or 12-month guided work placement. As a rule, which type of work placement you require in order to be entitled to study is indicated on your certificate. If you are unsure, please contact your school.
If you have obtained your entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences in a federal state other than North Rhine-Westphalia, please check your certificate to see if it is also valid here.
Please do not confuse the practical part that you need in order to obtain the qualification indicated above with the subject-related work placement required for most degree programmes.
The Mechanical Engineering course in the framework of Cooperative Engineering Training is a 9-semester dual study programme offered at both the University’s campuses in Bochum: KIA students on the bachelor’s programmes earn a dual qualification: They complete a vocational training course and a university degree programme.
KIA course in Mechanical Engineering