Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements; pre-study internship; German A2 & English B2 for international applicants
Language of Instruction: English
Duration: 7 semesters (start: winter semester)
FHWS location: Schweinfurt
Diploma Supplement: yes
Tuition fees: none
The Bachelor’s program Mechatronics is devised to meet the multidisciplinary requirements of today’s industry. This engineering discipline combines expertise from areas of electrical and mechanical engineering with information processing. In addition to delivering a solid understanding of these areas, this program aims to develop further skills needed to carry out and manage engineering projects. Specially designed courses enable students to identify the environmental impact of technology and encourage them to act responsibly.
Due to elective modules, the students may tailor their courses according to their own inclinations and interests without compromises. The practice-oriented learning environment at FHWS makes them capable of applying the know-how and scientific methods to solve engineering problems independently. This program also focuses on personality development by offering foreign languages, interaction in multicultural teams, soft skills, and further social competencies. The degree program can also serve as a solid fundament for graduate studies.
A six-week pre-study internship is a requirement of this Bachelor’s program. The program can be divided into three stages. At the first stage, consisting of three semesters, basic and foundation modules are offered. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of engineering, mathematics, computing, natural sciences, and soft skills. The second stage of the program, consisting of the fourth and fifth semester, deals with core modules of mechatronics. The theory and lab courses, offered at this stage, involve control systems, measuring techniques, actuators, software engineering, embedded systems, design & simulation of mechatronic systems, etc.
A wide range of elective modules with direct industrial relevance to automation, robotics, manufacturing, power engineering, and automotive sectors is also offered during the fifth semester. The final stage of the degree program, consisting of the sixth and seventh semesters, involves practical training with real-world problems. The major part of the sixth semester is an internship in the industry. During this internship, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to industrial problems. This way they develop a problem-solving approach. The seventh semester involves an engineering project, a Bachelor’s thesis, and some interdisciplinary lab work.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering. Mechatronics engineers can perform a wide variety of jobs such as research and development; hardware and software design; product development; planning, execution, and management of engineering projects; installation, testing, and commissioning of industrial equipment; quality control; marketing; customer care and consulting. The career prospects are very bright. Potential employers are companies from various industrial sectors like automotive, aerospace, robotics, manufacturing, material processing, energy systems, drives, printing, medical systems, and consumer products, etc. Their multidisciplinary competencies enable them to assume coordination and leading jobs in project teams involving engineers of other disciplines like electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. The Bachelor’s program at FHWS is highly practical. The interaction of students with the industry, during the internship and the Bachelor’s thesis, normally paves the path to a fascinating career in a national or multinational enterprise.