The interdisciplinary degree program Engineering of Technical Systems (EtS) provides students with a broad and well-founded knowledge of the mathematical and scientific fundamentals of engineering sciences in order to enable them to develop as well as operate technical systems. The increasing complexity of these systems, which engineers are confronted with in practice today, requires the development of an awareness of the interrelationships and dependencies of individual influencing variables from the various engineering disciplines. This is made possible for students through the intensive examination of a sub-discipline of engineering in the form of various specialisations, which include computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, as well as chemical process engineering / process technology. In the course of the degree programme, in-depth specialist knowledge is built up in the respective specialisation and supplemented with knowledge from the neighbouring disciplines. In the last semester of the degree programme in particular, there is an intensive linking of the various disciplines through overarching elective options, which also promote individual profile formation. Students complete the degree program with the title Bachelor of Engineering and are then entitled to take up further Master's studies.
The mechanical engineering specialisation in the degree program Engineering of Technical Systems deals with the development and construction of technical systems and plants. Students are enabled to work on and manage all steps of development, starting with planning, initial models, calculations, designs and simulations through to implementation and the final operation of the machines. To this end, the degree programme offers a holistic view of all areas of responsibility, in the course of which students learn to design both individual machine elements and the overarching interaction of various assemblies and to design complex systems, for example a production line or a mobile working machine. The selection of the right materials and construction methods for the future stresses and areas of application in the course of machine design is just as relevant a teaching content as the mechanical and physical effects that occur. The interdisciplinary orientation of the specialisation also allows students to meet a wide range of product requirements and to develop solutions for complex problems.
The specialisation in mechanical engineering is chosen at the end of the first semester in order to be able to take the corresponding compulsory modules from the second semester onwards. Throughout the entire study programme, the focus is on dovetailing the theoretical content with the students' practical requirements. The knowledge acquired at the university is thus never considered separately in the lectures and exams, but is always linked to the practical experiences of the work phase to enable profound competence development. This theory-practice relationship represents the basic idea of the dual degree programs here.
Bachelor of Engineering
Winter semester (1st August)
- Study contract
Proof of an university entrance qualification and a study cooperation contract with a recognized training company.
- Standard period of study
6 semesters (1 semester = 6 months)
- Language of instruction
German, in single (optional)modules also English – level B2 of the English language is recommended
- Type of study
Dual degree program
- Numerus clausus
- Admission restriction
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The six-semester Bachelor of Engineering in Technical Systems extends over three years and comprises a total of 180 ECTS credits. In accordance with the duality of the degree programs, a 10 to 12-week university phase is followed each semester by 14 to 16 weeks in a cooperating company. During this time, the content and theories previously covered are tested in practice and the experience gained is evaluated and documented in the course of the so-called practice transfer projects, an ungraded examination in the form of a written paper. This constant alternation between the two places of learning enables an in-depth analysis of the technologies used and their challenges with the help of the knowledge learnt, while the theories dealt with can be critically reflected on in relation to their practical application, so that both facets are optimally linked. The organisation of the sixth semester deviates slightly from the previous two and a half years, since after the usual lecture period, the Bachelor's thesis is first written in the company. The students have eight weeks to work on it, after which they remain in the company and only return to the university for their final oral examination, the colloquium. The degree program thus enables students to make a smooth transition into the workplace as graduates with the title Bachelor of Engineering.
An annual plan with an overview of the theoretical and practical phases of the block model is available on request at email@example.com. In addition, characteristic modules of the degree program and the specialisation can be found under Course of Studies.
The dual degree program in Engineering of Technical Systems is designed as a Bachelor's degree integrated with vocational training. This means that a technical apprenticeship can be combined with the degree program and that this is systematically and structurally interlocked with the study programme. Direct attendance at a vocational school is not necessary; students take the corresponding exam in the fifth semester before the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or the Chamber of Crafts. At the end of their studies, they thus receive a double degree, consisting of the academic Bachelor of Engineering and the state-recognised vocational training. Students who do not wish to take an additional training course can also study the degree program on a purely practice-integrated basis. In this case, an exam before the respective chamber is not required, while the practical phases continue to be systematically integrated into and linked with the degree programme.
Depending on the specialisation, the following apprenticeship occupations can be combined with the dual Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering of Technical Systems:
- Electronics technician - automation technology
- Electronics technician - industrial engineering
- Electronics technician - energy and building technology
- IT specialist - application development
- IT specialist - systems integration
- Precision mechanic - mechanical engineering
- Industrial mechanic
- Construction mechanic - sheet metal technology
- Mechatronics technician
- Metal worker - construction technology
- Technical product designer
- Technical system planner
In order to do justice to the different learning styles of all students, various forms of examination are used in the degree program Engineering of Technical Systems. Depending on the module, presentations, oral exams or assignments are used as proof of performance in addition to the classic written exams. In addition, almost every module requires the completion of a practical transfer project (PTP) as an ungraded examination in order to enable an intensive theory-practice transfer.
The aim of the PTPe is to reflect on the knowledge acquired in relation to one's own workplace and to use it profitably for oneself and the company. The students should deal thematically with situations in their everyday working life that they perceive as in need of change. The focus is on both the expansion of the students' competences and organisational development based on theoretical findings.
The degree program in Engineering of Technical Systems intensively prepares students for a future career as an expert in their chosen specialisation. For example, the later areas of responsibility of engineers in technical informatics lie in production management, in the course of which they accompany, among other things, the networking of machines, the monitoring of automated interfaces of the production line and the implementation of other modular elements. Programming, for example for applications in production and automation technology, the optimisation of data processing for plant operation and the development of technical systems are possible fields of work. From the initial design of the individual components to the commissioning of the entire unit, the engineers accompany the development process here and optimise the individual connection points.
The structure of the degree programme is thus characterised by the overarching goal of training students to become experts in their specialisation, without losing sight of the option of a future management career. Modules such as production planning and control as well as technology or project management prepare students for the requirements of a management position, which they can responsibly fulfil both technically and organisationally through expertise in their discipline. The interdisciplinary orientation of the entire degree program, which enables students to integrate different disciplines and perspectives into their solution processes, particularly supports this dual career perspective.
General qualification goals for dual degree programs
Knowledge development goals:
- Development of subject and interdisciplinary knowledge of the respective specialisation.
- Development of analytical, systematic and networked thinking
- Independent expansion of knowledge in general as well as with concrete problem reference
- Integration of different areas of knowledge in problem solving
- Development of learning strategies for autonomous further development of knowledge
Goals of knowledge application:
- Ability to mutually relate theory-based knowledge and practice-based experience to each other
- Ability to assess uncertainties and risk potentials in problem solving and system design and to evaluate them for the company and society.
- Identify balanced measures for risk avoidance and reduction
Objectives of methodological competence:
- To independently and systematically collect data on a scientific basis by means of guiding research questions and appropriate methods for the assessment of system conditions in the profession
Idea and strategy development objectives:
- Independent and responsible development and implementation of multi-layered solutions to problems in one's own subject discipline.
- Integration of requirements from other disciplines where necessary
- Scientifically sound strategy development and problem solving in an (interdisciplinary or intercultural) team
- Self-directed initiation and implementation of measures in the form of projects, also as part of a team
Objectives of communication skills:
- Conduct scientific discussions of concrete problem-solving strategies on a differentiated professional basis with experts
- Explaining work results to laypersons in a comprehensible way
- Dealing constructively and prudently with criticism
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Phone: +49 (0)591 80098-739
Fax: +49 (0)591 80098-797