How can technical products be optimally marketed? When are innovations sustainable and economically viable? What measures can implemented to target savings?

Industrial engineers and their expertise are needed when technical developments need to be evaluated in terms of economic aspects.

Their interdisciplinary education predestines them to work in the cross-section of technology and economics. They posses both engineering know-how and economic knowledge and are thus the ideal intermediaries between both worlds.

The Business Administration and Engineering course of study with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH has a strong technical focus. The intensive training in natural science and engineering subjects provides students with a skills profile similar to a purely engineering education. This is also evident in the unusually diverse specialization possibilities.

The curriculum supplementes the technical perspectives with business and economics modules. Over seven semesters students acquire the typical cross-sectional skills, which distinguish industrial engineers.

Starting in the fifth semester students can specialize and select from one of the career fields offered:

  • Energy and process engineering deal with the provision and transition of energy and materials. For example, crude oil is turned into cosmetics, biomass into fuel, wind power and sunlight into energy.
  • Design technology focuses on the optimization of products in mechanical engineering. The spectrum ranges from materials to industrial design.
  • Product development develops complex processes, which make it possible to conduct cost-effective production with longterm, consistant quality – and at every scale: from individual tools to complete production plants.
  • Textile and plastics technology is dedicated to the manufacture and processing of plastics and textile materials. This is how, for example, technical building components are developed from fibers and products for living are made from plastics.
  • The goal of transportation engineering is to optimize all methods of transport – from private vehicles to railcars to aircrafts.

Programme Structure

Semester Fundamentals of Natural Science and Engineering Fundamentals of Business and Engineering
1 Mathematics I, Mechanics I, Physics, Machine Design I Decision Making, Bookkeeping and Internal Accounting
2 Mathematics II, Mechanics II, Thermodynamics I, Introduction to CAD, Quality and Project Management Introduction to Business Administration
3 Mathematics III, Mechanics III, Machine Design II, Thermodynamics II Production and Logistics, Microeconomics I
4 Machine Design III, Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering, Statistics Macroeconomics I,
Quantitative Methods,
Sales and Purchasing
5 Materials Science I, Control Engineering Investment and Finance, Introduction to Emperical Economic Research
Subjects from the selected career field
6 Materials Science II, Introduction to Labor Science Human Resources and Management, Elective Module
Subjects from the selected career field
7 Internship and Bachelor's thesis

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects


From renewable enrgies to automotive technologies to communication technology – industrial engineers balance the technical innovative spirit with entrepreneurial thinking. As interdisciplinarily trained cross-section specialists, they use their expertise for tasks in the cross-section of engineering and economics.

Their traditional responsibilities include, for example cost calcuation for innovation processes, market analyses for the new introduction of products, and the optimization of energy and raw material use for production processes. Due to their comprehensive technical skills they are sought as the binding agent between different operational areas. They are often used as technical consultants for strategic matters.

RWTH graduates' intensive core education also allows them to assume responsibiities in pure technical or ecnonomic departments.

Master's Degree Prospects

In the Business Administration and Engineering with a Specialization in Mechanical Engineering Master's program students ideally continue to puruse the same specialization. To supplement their technical curriculum they choose one of four economic research areas or the field general business and economics and build their own skills profile.

Together with leading French universities, a Japanese and a Spanish university, the T.I.M.E. double Master's program is offered. Here – depending on the partner university – students can select different subjects. In addition, RWTH offers a Double Degree Program with Tsinghua University, one of China's most renowned universities.

Furthermore graduates can also be admitted to the Faculty's other Master's courses of study: General Mechanical Engineering, Energy Technology, Automotive Engineering and Transport, Plastics and Textile Technology, Product Development, Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics, Production Engineering, and Process Engineering.Students can also pursue interdisciplinary courses of stduy, such as Automation Engineering, Sustainable Energy Supple, or Energy Technology. Admission to these courses of studies is probational, based on students' completion of additional requirements.


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