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Overview

The students acquire extensive knowledge of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering, which enables them as a graduate to be a well-founded engineer and act responsibly. In particular, they will be able to transfer new results from engineering to industry and commercial production, taking into account business, ecological and safety requirements. You will learn to plan, control and monitor processes as well as to develop and operate plants and equipment.

The mechanical engineering course serves to train engineers who are capable of solving tasks in daily practice using technical and scientific methods and knowledge.

Particular emphasis is placed on the consideration of economic and organizational aspects. The imparting of product-specific knowledge is largely replaced by methodological knowledge, which should lead to the fact that the graduates are able to develop holistic problem solutions independent of the industry. The ability to work in a team is intensively promoted through the project-oriented course.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The first two subject semesters offer modules that lay the foundation for the development of the desired competencies by imparting fundamentals, methods, concepts and theories from mathematics, natural and engineering sciences. Here the students have the opportunity to refresh, deepen or build up their knowledge. As a result, the students are equipped with the necessary "tool kit" to successfully complete their studies right from the start.

Graduates of the third, fourth and fifth semester have the necessary skills to develop and implement machines / products as well as an initial awareness of economic, ecological, legal and social aspects and framework conditions. These aspects are included in the planned project modules or project-based modules.

The project modules take up the content of the basic and core modules and supplement them with technological competencies, personal experience, dedicated practical tasks, content-related impulses and contributions from the expertise of the lecturers as well as from self-conducted literature research. Depending on the conception, this module type implements a project that runs over an entire semester and that the students work on in groups under the guidance / coaching of lecturers and academic staff or tutors.

Graduates of the sixth semester develop their interdisciplinary skills, have entrepreneurial skills and can evaluate technical solutions with regard to impact assessment, ethics and sociology. In addition, graduates implement their skills and competencies in the development of real machines / products as part of a practical phase or in a virtual engineering office.

In the final seventh semester, i.e. in conjunction with the elective project, the study project, the bachelor thesis and the colloquium, there is a compulsory elective module.

The course plans offer a lot of space for personal profiling of the students. Through the elective courses and final projects, graduates can set further accents and preferences in their training in order to prepare themselves specifically for the desired professional environment.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Socially, there is a large and very diverse need for machines in a wide variety of industries - from automated production systems and solutions for medical technology to intelligent household appliances. The digital penetration of our living and working world leads to increasingly complex tasks for engineers in the field of product development. The "Mechanical Engineering" course qualifies students for the development and implementation of machines for the most varied of social needs, taking into account the increasing complexity that can only be mastered through automation and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Examples of social needs:

  • Automated production machines
  • Assembly systems
  • Logistics and goods handling systems
  • Medical devices
  • Robotics solutions
  • Smart home appliances
  • Integration of artificial intelligence in machines
  • Networked systems

Professional fields of action

The fields of activity of our graduates are the development, implementation, analysis and evaluation of machines and systems (products).

  • By the field of action »development« we mean »planning« (the informative definition), »conception« (the basic definition), »designing« (the creative definition) and the »elaboration« (the technical production definition). The »virtual checking« (simulation) of machines and systems is a cross-sectional function. Specific modules are offered for each sub-level of product development.
  • By the field of action »Realize« we mean the realization of sub-concepts (Proof of Principles / Concepts) in the development phases as well as the »implementation« and »testing« of prototypes / mockups in practical use cases and accompanying production.
  • Under the field of action »analyze and evaluate« we mean the checking of partial functions or the overall function of the developed system, reflecting and evaluating the results in relation to the set (technological, economic, ecological, legal and social) goals and criteria and the adaptation or optimization.

Especially for the activities in small and medium-sized companies, but also for global companies, the focus is on versatile use and thinking and producing in technical cycles.

The following areas of work and professional fields are open to you:

  • Conception, development, construction and production taking into account the circular economy (assembly-friendly, recyclable, low energy consumption) of assemblies and machines
  • Calculation, simulation and optimization of machines, systems and processes
  • Project planning, manufacture, sales and operation of machines and systems
  • Product management, customer support and service
  • Training (in-house, at authorities or in further training institutions)
  • Foreign assignment

Graduates with a broad basic training and the additional specialization in one area in connection with the above-mentioned training objectives are increasingly required against the background of staff reductions, internationalization and the introduction of new management concepts, as this combination requires versatile and responsible "problem solvers" who make reliable decisions can meet after broad consideration.
Due to increasing state requirements, environmental protection must be observed more and more in the entire production cycle so that engineers who think in cycles will have better career opportunities.

Last but not least, Cologne is an attractive study location, more than a dozen technical courses are offered on the Deutz campus: ideal prerequisites for an effective and multi-faceted course. The proximity to the city center with its diverse offers for leisure and culture offers an environment in which one can learn and live well.

The mechanical engineering course offers a broad, method-oriented education. Through practical examples in the courses, the connection to later activities is established at an early stage and creativity and development opportunities are encouraged. The extensive involvement in teaching and development projects promotes social skills.

Areas of application arise in industrial companies, service providers, authorities and associations in the following sectors:

  • mechanical engineering
  • Automotive and its supplier industry
  • Machine tool manufacturing
  • Conveyor technology
  • Large mechanical engineering
  • Special mechanical engineering

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

210 ECTS


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