Nowadays, engineers and specialists from quite different fields work together on a broad spectrum of technical developments. This means that interdisciplinary thinking and good project planning are fundamental requirements for putting such projects successfully into practice. In the “Mechatronics and Product Development” programme, you acquire this expertise through two main areas of specialisation:
On the one hand, you get to grips with the three engineering sciences of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science in an interdisciplinary way. You learn how the know-how from these three disciplines has to be combined in order to develop intelligent mechatronic products. This could be, for example, an autonomous ticket machine that calculates routes and connections and prints tickets or a robot in a factory that loads goods from the shelves by itself. A special focus of the programme is the development and design of such products, where you deal with design aspects from both mechanical and electrical engineering.
On the other hand, you acquire extensive knowledge in technical project management in the framework of your studies, i.e. planning, organisation, control and monitoring methods in the development of technical products. Here you also learn how to plan and implement these tasks under consideration of time schedules and cost efficiency.
This programme is also offered as a KIA course, i.e. as a 9-semester dual studies programme at the Velbert/Heiligenhaus Campus. As a student of a KIA bachelor’s programme you earn a dual qualification: You complete a vocational training course and a university degree programme. Further information about the KIA programme can be found here.
This programme is additionally offered as a KIS course – this is also a 9-semester programme at the Velbert/Heiligenhaus Campus. In the KIS model (KIS = Cooperative Engineering Studies), you combine practical phases in a company with a university programme. Further information about the KIS programme can be found here.
Einsatzfelder für Absolvent/innen in Mechatronik und Produktentwicklung:
- Gebäudetechnik: Schließsysteme und Komponenten
- Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
- Automobilindustrie und Zulieferer
- Medizin- und Mikrosystemtechnik
- Technische Informatik
- Eingebettete Systeme
Perspektive Berufsaussicht Lehrkraft an technischen Berufskollegs
Werden parallel zum Bachelorstudium die Lehrveranstaltungen des Zentrums für Lehrerbildung der Hochschule Bochum belegt, besteht darüber hinaus die Möglichkeit, (verbeamtete) Lehrkraft an technischen Berufskollegs zu werden. Voraussetzung dafür ist ein anschließendes Masterstudium, das in Kooperation mit der Universität Wuppertal erfolgen kann.
1. 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.
2. Subject-related work placement:
This classic, full-time programme has a standard period of study of seven semesters.
During the first two semesters, you acquire fundamental skills in the engineering sciences, e.g. mathematics, physics, computer science, software development and CAE as well as business administration.
In the following phase, which also lasts two semesters, you apply and hone these skills, for example, in the areas of mechanics, electrical engineering, electrical components and circuits, hardware-related programming, system analysis, simulation technology and control engineering as well as project management.
In the last two subject-related semesters, you deal with special applications in the field of design, electronic circuits, electric drives, robotics and automation for mechatronic systems. In this phase, you have the opportunity to co-shape your studies through (compulsory) electives in the areas of computer-aided methods as well as management and organisation of product development.
In the final semester, you choose a topic from the programme and write your bachelor’s thesis. This is flanked by a 10-week practical phase.