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Mechatronics (Bachelor of Engineering)

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics (BEng)

When mechanical, electronic and IT components interact in mechatronic systems, mechatronic engineers are needed.

Nowadays, such systems are an established part of our everyday life. They make it easier and safer. In fact, without them many things would not be possible at all.

ABS, ESP and ASR are standard in our cars today and just a few examples – alongside 3D printers, voice assistants and service robots.

A special example is the “SolarCar Project” at UAS_BO, in the framework of which research is conducted and outstanding technology developed when the traditional engineering disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science interact and become mechatronics.

If you are interested in systemic thinking and find interdisciplinary work exciting, our mechatronics programme is perfect for you.

With a focus on microsystems technology, for example, we respond to the trend towards miniaturisation and you receive training that “keeps pace with the times”. If you wish, including research experience in practice.

With the bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics 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.

Specialisations

From the fourth semester onwards, you can choose from the following specialisations:

1. Smart Production

  • Students who complete this specialisation qualify above all for professions in the modern world of “Industry 4.0”. The future will be characterised by a pronounced individualisation of products manufactured under the conditions of flexibilised production. For this, excellent skills in the three areas of mechanics, computer science and electrical engineering are essential! Engineers are required who are capable of sounding out and utilising all the possibilities offered by digitalisation (compulsory modules: Cyber Physical Systems, Robotics. Elective modules: e.g. Computer Vision, CAE/FEM, Power Electronics, Computer-aided Measuring Systems, etc.).

2. Electromobility

  • For over a decade, UAS_BO has been widely acknowledged for conceptualising, designing and building high-quality solar vehicles in the framework of an ongoing, large-scale student project and for making them roadworthy and has won a large number of international prizes and awards. Electromobility is regarded as the most important component of a climate-friendly transport system based on renewable energy sources. That is why you are especially confronted with questions from the sustainability sciences in this area of specialisation. In this sub-area of mechatronics too, the three areas of mechanics, electrical engineering and computer science (e.g. autonomous driving, artificial intelligence) are a fundamental part of your training as a mechatronics engineer (bachelor’s and master’s degree). The compulsory modules here are “Fundamentals of Electromobility” and “Electronic Systems in Vehicles” and you can additionally complete five elective modules, such as “Development of Solar-powered Vehicles”, “Driver Assistance Systems” or “Simulation Technology” and “Artificial Intelligence” (master’s only).

Admission conditions

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.

Possible areas:

  • 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.


Cooperative Engineering Training (KIA)

The Mechatronics course in the framework of Cooperative Engineering Training is a 9-semester dual study programme: 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 Mechatronics


Part-time programme for professionals

We also run this programme as a part-time course for professionals in cooperation with FOM University of Applied Sciences in Essen.

 


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