Mechatronics (MEB)

At a glance

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Length of course

7 semesters

No. of places available

30

Start of course

Winter semester

How to apply

Hochschule Mannheim
online via: www.hs-mannheim.de

Application deadline

15 July
(for the winter semester)

Admission requirements

General or specialised higher education entrance qualification, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or proof of equivalent previous education

Cooperative degree programme

Hochschule Mannheim, Departments

Electrical Engineering (E)
Computer Science (I)
Mechanical Engineering (M)
Information Technology (N)

Contact

Course-related advice,
Dean of Studies, Prof. Dr. van de Logt
g.vandelogt@hs-mannheim.de

Application queries
Student Service Center

General queries about studying:
Department E Secretariat
bachelor@mechatronik.hs-mannheim.de
+49 621 292-6267

For further information go to website of Department of Electrical Engineering
Mechatronics (MEB)

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is the name given to the synergy created by the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and information technology. The term itself is a hybrid word taken from mechanics, electronics and computer science.

In industry mechatronics is utilised in planning and manufacturing products and in process design. It involves expanding mechanical systems with sensors and microcomputers to build partly intelligent products.

The key task for mechatronic engineers is integrating individual components into an overall system. 

Requirements/Professions/Career prospects

Mechatronic engineers are equipped with an understanding of systems, a comprehensive view of the subject and interdisciplinary knowledge. Normally they work with specialists from the various sub-areas.

In the workplace mechatronic engineers are often responsible for project management tasks; they can also be found in technical consulting and technical management positions. Graduates find employment in the following sectors:

  • Vehicle technology
  • Medical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Aviation and aerospace engineering
  • Micro-system and precision engineering

Course objectives, Skills through cooperation

The Mechatronics degree programme at Hochschule Mannheim is a cooperative programme offered by the Departments of Electrical Engineering (E), Information Technology (N), Computer Science (I) and Mechanical Engineering (M). This ensures that specialists for each subject are involved in teaching. 

During the first three semesters, lectures are tailored to meet the interdisciplinary requirements of a mechatronic engineer.

In the fourth semester, students can select an area of indepth study:

·         Automation Technology – Department of Electrical Engineering (E)

·         Electronics – Department of Information Technology (N)

·         Computer Science – Department of Computer Science (I)

·         Mechanical Engineering – Department of Mechanical Engineering (M)

Specialised subjects are taken in combination with subjects from other specialist areas, to ensure that students gain interdisciplinary knowledge.

Course structure

FOUNDATION COURSE

1 + 2 semesters

Fundamentals
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanics, Physics, Material Science

MAIN PART OF COURSE

3  semester

Extended fundamentals
Electrical Drives, Electronics, Mechanical Elements, Mathematics, Measurement Engineering, Control Engineering 

4 semester

Election of a specialisation                           

Specialisations in addition to Electrical Engineering and Mechanics subjects

5 semester

Internship Semester
In industry  

6 semester

Advanced Study in the specialisation and subjects from another advanced subject area

7 semester

Research projects
Study projects at the university and bachelor's thesis at the university or in industry

All the individual subjects can be found at: Standard study plan.

Course structure/Electives

Lectures in the first half of the degree programme lay the foundations for working in an interdisciplinary style later on. The difference between lectures for students of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology and computer science is the interdisciplinary requirements. 

An area of advanced study can be elected in the fourth semester. From here onwards, the focus is on subject-specific applications. In addition, lectures from other advanced subjects are taken, to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the course.
The fifth semester is a practical study semester and is held in the department of the chosen advanced study area.

Advantages of studying at a University of Applied Sciences

A university of applied sciences course is very different to a university one. It features:

·         relevant practical knowledge and skills,

·         small class sizes, and

·         applied research.

Small semester intakes help foster personal contact between fellow students, professors and university staff. Students often thus form study groups that ease the task of studying. They can also contact professors directly with questions at any time.