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This programme is avalaible as a specialisation of the Bachelor's degree programme International Bachelor of Engineering.

Career Opportunities

As mechanical engineers work in almost all branches of industry, numerous areas of employment become accessible after graduation – including, above all, those of planning, construction and production, environment management and energy management.

Study Plan

Whether we are talking electronic devices, precision mechanical tools, automobiles or production plants – mechanical engineering is pivotal to nearly everything we produce in our modern industrial society. Mechanical engineers produce construction drawings, develop prototypes for machines and equipment, plan, manage and optimise production and by doing so sustain technical progress.

The following module summary provides you with an overview of the modules in the IBE specialisation in Mechanical Engineering, including work experience units and information on credit points (click to enlarge).

Module Descriptions

First Semester

Mathematics 1.1

The students master the basics of linear algebra and vector calculus. They know the basics of calculus, can confidently deal with functions of a variable and are proficient in differential and integral calculus in a variable. They can handle and apply complex numbers.

Applied Informatics

The students learn the basics of procedural programming using the C language. In this context, the basics of computer architecture including memory model and data types are also taught. After successful participation, the students are able to design algorithms and implement programmes using control structures, functions and observing quality criteria.

Engineering Mechanics 1: Statics

The students learn the basics of procedural programming using the C language. In this context, the basics of computer architecture including memory model and data types are also taught. After successful participation, the students are able to design algorithms and implement programmes using control structures, functions and observing quality criteria.

Electrical Engineering 1.1

In the module, in-depth knowledge of direct current technology and electro-magnetic field theory is taught.

German B1.1 / B1.2

Students will be able to

  • Understand frequently used expressions and clear standard language related to study, work and leisure.
  • Cope with most everyday situations in the language area
  • Express themselves simply and coherently on familiar topics and areas of personal interest
  • Report on experiences and events
  • Describe hopes and goals
  • Give brief reasons and explanations for plans and views.

Module Descriptions

Second Semester

Mathematics 1.2

The students are familiar with the basics of linear algebra and vector calculus. They know the basics of analysis, can confidently deal with functions in several variables and are proficient in differential and integral calculus in several variables. Furthermore, the students are able to apply the basic integral transformations and the corresponding inverse transformations to elementary functions.

Physics 1

The module consisted of the blocks Magnitudes-Units-Insecurity-Experiment, Kinematics, Dynamics 1 (Trans- lation), Vibration and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics. Accompanying the lecture, practical experiments are carried out for the subject area of magnitudes-units-uncertainty-experiment, for the understanding of the kinematic quantities velocity and acceleration as well as for the understanding of mechanical resonance and thermodynamics.

Technical Drawing & CAD

The course serves to learn the basics of design with a focus on the functionally unambiguous specification and communication of the component design as well as learning a modern 3D CAD system.

Electrical Engineering 1.2

Based on the module Electrical Engineering 1.1, the complex calculation of AC circuits is introduced.

Basic Chemistry

Basic knowledge of chemistry with models, organic chemistry and basic knowledge of macromolecular chemistry

German B2.1 / B2.2

Students can

  • Understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics and on technical discussions in their own field of specialisation.
  • Communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a conversation with a native speaker is possible without much effort on either side.
  • Express themselves on a wide range of topics
  • Explain a point of view on a current issue and state the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

Module Descriptions

Third Semester

Mathematics 2

The students master the basics of vector analysis and can apply them to simple problems. They can solve ordinary differential equations of first and second order. Furthermore, the students are able to apply the basic integral transformations and the associated inverse transformations to elementary functions. They know the basics of numerical mathematics and can apply them to simple problems.

Technical Design

The course serves to learn the basics of construction with a focus on the methodical procedure in the construction process and the implementation using practical examples and tasks.

Engineering Mechanics 2: Mechanics of Materials

The course examines the strains and stresses that form in material areas of loaded components and provides mathematical descriptions for this. With this, strength and stability assessments for components are carried out, as well as the calculation of deformations and forces and moments in overdetermined systems. With the principle of energy methods, an additional possibility is shown to determine forces, moments and deformations in statically determined and overdetermined systems.

Manufacturing Process

The course provides an overview of industrially relevant manufacturing processes for the production of geo-metrically determined parts and assemblies. Following the structure of DIN 8580, relevant manufacturing processes from all main groups are presented. The process principle and variations are explained first. Subsequently, machines and technical equipment for implementation as well as exemplary applications are shown.

Technical German 1 / Technical German 2

Students can

  • Understand a wide range of demanding texts
  • Express themselves spontaneously and fluently without searching for clearly recognisable words more often
  • Use the language in study, social and professional life
  • Express themselves clearly and in a structured way on complex issues, using different means of linking text.

Module Descriptions: General

Fourth Semester

Machine Elements 1.1

Machines and systems in mechanical engineering are based on the use of machine elements. Appropriately selected machine elements and their combination result in the design of a machine. This module gives an overview of the various machine elements, their application and design.

Measurement Technology

Students get an overview of basics of sensor technology, decoupling of sensor signals, amplification, decoupling, filtering and digitisation. They are introduced to the analysis of the acquired signals and their peculiarities as a result of the processing steps. Clarification of the measurement uncertainties and their estimation and transition to signal pre-processing close to the sensor or in the edge are also dealt with.

Materials

The subject of this course is the fundamentals of materials engineering. Students get to know the basic relationships between the production, structure and properties of materials,  and their description with subject-specific parameters.

Engineering Mechanics 3: Kinematics and Kinetics

Students are introduced to the mathematical description of the instantaneous states of motion of points and rigid bodies (kinematics) and the resulting forces and moments (kinetics). Therefore, the methods of free cutting and equilibrium of forces and moments known from statics are extended to d'Alembert's principle, and supplemented by the mathematical description of inertial features and their coordinate transformation. The students are gradually introduced to more complex tasks through various exemplary tasks.

Module Descriptions: Major Construction and Development

Fourth Semester

Thermodynamics

The course serves to learn the physical fundamentals of thermodynamics for liquids, ideal gases, real gases as well as vapours and mixtures. Based on this, the fundamentals of thermodynamic processes are dealt with and the most important representatives are intensively analysed and evaluated.

Fluid Mechanics

The module offers an application-oriented introduction to the fundamentals of technical fluid mechanics.

Module Descriptions: Major Production Engineering

Fourth Semester

Industrial Robot

In the lecture, the structure and functioning of industrial robots is explained. In the second part of the lecture, this is supplemented by essential elements of the robot periphery and methods for the design of industrial robot systems. Special forms of robotics round off the presentation. In the practical course, students practise work with real industrial robots on several test benches. In small groups, various questions from industrial robotics and its fields of application are dealt with using the methods previously learned.

Industrial Manufacturing and Assembly Processes

The basis for designing efficient manufacturing and assembly processes is the design of the products, taking into account the requirements from the manufacturing processes, focussing on the necessary processes and technologies for handling the workpieces. The third part of the course deals with planning methods and design approaches for industrial assembly systems. In exercises accompanying the lectures, students work on concrete tasks from practice, carry out calculations and plan an exemplary assembly system.

Module Descriptions: General

Fifth Semester

Machine Elements 1.2

Machines and systems in mechanical engineering are based on the use of machine elements. Appropriately selected machine elements and their combination result in the design of a machine. This module gives an overview of the various machine elements, their application and design.

Engineering Computation and Simulation

This module gives a basic overview of the theory and application of simulation techniques in the development of injection moulded components made from thermoplastic polymers.

Finite Element Method

The course gives an overview of the application areas of the finite element method and classifies it in the development process. The basics of static structural analysis are dealt with in detail. In addition, the basics of modal analysis are covered. Using practical examples, the individual steps of an FEM analysis are carried out with the help of commercial FEM software.

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Module Descriptions: Major Construction and Development

Fifth Semester

Lightweight Construction

The course gives an overview of the various design approaches, guidelines, strategies and material selection of lightweight construction.

Machine Dynamics

The course serves to learn the basics of vibration theory and machine dynamics.

Module Descriptions: Major Production Engineering

Fifth Semester

Control Engineering

In this module, the basics of control technology are taught from the beginnings to today's common implementations. The main focus of the module is the knowledge of the standardised PLC programming languages according to IEC 61131-3. The handling of the programming system CoDeSys from 3S is learned through diverse tasks and the programming knowledge is deepened. In the practical course, a complex automation task is worked out step-by-step with Simatic S7 PLC and TIA Portal.

Production Planning and Controlling

The participants learn the basics of production planning and controlling including relevant organisational principles for production companies. The MRP process and its specific functions for quantity, schedule and capacity planning are covered in depth. In addition, all phases of an order flow (from the customer order to the delivery of a product) are covered in theory (exercises) and in practice (mapped in an ERP system using a practical example).

Module Descriptions: General

Sixth Semester

Internship

During the internship, students carry out engineering-related activities based on concrete tasks in an industrial environment.

Supporting Course to the Practical Study Phase 1

The course serves to learn the basics of technical-scientific documentation as well as to gain a deeper understanding of the diverse application possibilities of presentation techniques. The students present with extended media competence. The students further develop their own speaking and performance skills with the aim of presenting confidently.

Supporting Course to the Practical Study Phase 2

Introduction to Business Management

Supporting Course to the Practical Study Phase 3

The course serves to learn the basics of project management, with a focus on the application in projects.

Module Descriptions: General

Seventh Semester

Electric Drives

The basics for all components of a drive train with an electrical machine as energy converter are covered. The focus is on industrially used electromagnetic machines. There is an introduction to important procedures for the control and regulation of electric drives.

Continuous Control Systems

Students are introduced to the basics of control theory for continuous control loops. This includes, among other things, the description of control loop elements, the essential dynamic properties of control loops and their analysis as well as selected controller design methods. For the implementation of the continuously designed control algorithms on a digitally operating control device, the fundamentals of discrete control loops and the time discretisation of continuous controllers are dealt with.

Investment and Costing

The module gives an introduction to business accounting. Cost and income accounting as well as investment and financing are dealt with in depth.

Quality Management & Statistics

First, the basics of stochastics, deductive, descriptive and inductive statistics are worked out, which are necessary for further understanding. Then, a selection of statistical procedures is developed that play a decisive role in quality management. On the basis of concrete practical experiments, the students learn to apply these procedures to teaching examples. In addition, the most important principles of quality management and a selection of the most common methods and tools are presented.

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Module Descriptions: Major Construction and Development

Seventh Semester

Product Development and Machine Elements 2

The course serves to learn methodical product development in connection with machine elements and the implementation using practical examples and tasks, e.g. a gearbox design.

Module Descriptions: Major Production Engineering

Seventh Semester

Automated Production Plants

The lecture gives an overview of the structure and functioning of automated production plants. The first part takes a closer look at subsystems, the second part of the lecture deals with holistic issues in the design of automated production plants as well as methods for planning and commissioning. In the practical course, the planning of an automated assembly is carried out as an example and individual topics from the lecture are deepened in exercises.

Module Descriptions: General

Eighth Semester

Machine Tools

Components of machine tools for cutting and non-cutting production are dealt with. A selection of standard machine types is then presented.

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Bachelor's Thesis

With the Bachelor's thesis, students demonstrate the ability to independently work on the given problem according to scientific methods within the given time limit.

Module Descriptions: Major Construction and Development

Eighth Semester

Precision Engineering and Optics

Students are introduced to the basics of optics and the mode of operation of optical components. This knowledge is deepened using examples of measurement technology (e.g. linear and angular encoders, rotary encoders and interferometers). The mechanics section deals with the stable and precise alignment of elements in space. Students get to know principles of precision. Furthermore, design elements from precision engineering such as precise guides, bearings and solid-state joints are presented and supplemented by more advanced topics of tolerance considerations, thermal effects and simulative approaches. Relevant manufacturing technologies and joining techniques of microtechnology are also dealt with. In exercises and a practical course, the theoretical knowledge is expanded by practical experience.

Module Descriptions: Major Production Engineering

Discrete Control Systems

The module deals with the mathematical description, simulation and implementation of the continuously designed control algorithms (see module continuous control technology) on a digitally operating control device. The basics of discrete control loops and the time discretisation of continuous controllers are covered and applied in the practical course.

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