Production and production-related services achieve about two third of the total economic output in Germany. Our society is characterized by products of different types, colours and textures. globalization, market turbulence and cost pressure require manufacturing companies to adjust their operational structure and production structure continually. In order to ensure the international competitiveness, industrial companies need constantly innovative production solutions which are equally efficient for the company, people and the environment.
The Bachelor’s programme production engineering responds exactly to this demand. The interdisciplinary curriculum trains the students into engineers who can approach complex tasks of production technology, develop new production methods and possibilities and improve production processes in a solution-oriented manner. Thereby, they learn all necessary sub-steps of industrial production - from construction and operating plans to manufacturing and assembly. Subjects such as mathematics, physics, engineering, mechanics, materials engineering, electrical engineering and engineering design in the first semesters prepare the students with basic knowledge for the main study stage. At the main study stage, the students can specialize in production technology or in Mechatronics / Automation engineering according to their interests. In both specialist fields there are drive engineering, production planning as well as design of machines and plants in the curriculum.
While in the specialization production technology the students test new technologies and learn basic knowledge of surface technology and joining technology with instruments such as CAD (Computer Aided Design) and FEM (Finite Element Methods), those students specialising in Mechatronics / Automation engineering deal with microprocessor, field bus and controlling technology and automation systems. Additionally, all students acquire knowledge of business administration, law and quality management. Besides that, practical skills of the prospective engineers are also enhanced through integrated exercises and projects in the study. They learn to put the acquired theoretical knowledge into practice, for example, by means of a manufacturing-oriented case study in the subject Project for Machines and Plants. Additionally, there is a whole semester for internship where the students are involved in processes of a manufacturing company. In this way, they can collect important professional experiences and establish contacts in the sector.
The graduates with Bachelor’s degree are capable to make crucial contribution to the construction and development, manufacturing planning and control as well as maintenance and sales of manufacturing companies. Thus, they can work in numerous sectors both in Germany or abroad - whether in companies in machinery, process, electrical and consumer industry, in shipbuilding, automotive and aeronautic companies or in engineering companies and corporate consultancies. It is also possible to continue the study in the Master’s programme process engineering and energy technology or embedded Systems design.