Power Engineering and Renewable Energies

Bachelor of Science

Hochschule Mannheim - Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is offering international and German students the opportunity to gain the internationally-recognised Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Power Engnieering and Renewable Energies degree as part of the Engineering Sciences international study programme. The degree is normally awarded after a seven-semester course of study comprising 210 credits.

Studies start in the September before the first semester as a three-week language, culture and orientation programme. During the first two semesters, lectures and lab courses are held exclusively in English. In the subsequent semesters instruction is primarily in German. Language instruction – German for students from overseas and English for German-speaking students  – is an integral part of the degree programme. In addition, all-day language classes in two or three-week sessions take place in the semester breaks.

The fifth semester is set aside for a six-month work experience term (internship) in industry. During the last year lectures focus on special topics of electrical engineering. In the last semester at the university, the student embarks on an independent project to fulfil the requirement of the degree Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Power Engineering and Renewable Energies.

Power engineering  deals with the:

  • generation,
  • transmission
  • distribution of electrical power

A modern programme concerns itself with such interdisciplinary issues as sustainable energy provision, environmental protection, and preservation of resources. With the increasing global demand for electric power comes the need to increase the use of renewable energies such as solar and wind power, for greater use of communal heating power stations to increase energy efficiency, and for the reduction of energy consumption through using fuel cells. Energy management thus plays an increasingly important role.

To be able to design and construct modern power networks, engineers need to be knowledgeable and experienced in programming and software engineering; communication systems, including the internet; microcontroller design; DSP system programming; real-time computer systems; control engineering; analogue and digital electronics; remote terminals and large databases.

Another interesting area the Electrical Engineering department specializes in is the design, construction and testing of embedded system-controlled electric drives.

The coursework include

  • science and engineering lectures,
  • lab courses in small groups and tutor-led discussion seminars,
  • English or German language instruction,
  • additional courses focusing on developing key skills,
  • a structured term of work experience during the fifth semester,
  • one semester dedicated to working on an independent project,
  • a BSc thesis describing the results of this project,
  • a formal presentation of these results in a colloquium.

Students with English as their native or dominant language are advised to spend the entire course of study in Germany. All other students are required to spend at least half a year abroad, preferably in an English-speaking country.

During the first three semesters as well as during the semester holidays students receive intensive language training. After the third semester students are expected to pass an official language examination. 

Course scheme Power Engineering and Renewable Energies

There is high and increasing demand world-wide for graduates in the field of engineering sciences. Those who already have a good command of technical English, German and another language have a great advantage in the job market. Employers seek problem-solvers who think independently, but who also work well as a member of a team. Hands-on experience is a definite plus for the employment candidate.

A good command of English is needed for graduates to enter the job market or to follow a more academic career. Our graduates have an excellent command of English, having completed a large component of a degree course conducted in this language. German-speaking BSc graduates have spent half a year on an industrial traineeship in an English-speaking country, and most of these have also spent a semester at a university abroad. The other half already are fluent in another language, and familiar with another culture. They further hone their German skills by carrying out work experience in Germany.

The future job situation for electrical engineers with detailed knowledge and skills in electrical power engineering is very good. Future employers could be an industrial enterprise (involved in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering), an engineering consultancy or marketing office, a public administrative body or a research institute. Also possible is self-employment.

Typical areas of work for an electrical engineer during the professional practice are:

  • design, construction and operation of safe and environmental protective power plants increasing energy efficiency,
  • use of microprocessors and software to control electrical power processes in order to improve safety, economy, and environmental compatibility,
  • design of electric drives in automated plants,
  • development of building automation systems to run buildings more efficiently,
  • development of strategies to deal with the long-term energy requirements of the population with respect to environmental preservation,
  • consultation for enterprises and private individuals in all areas of reduction of energy consumption and energy distribution

Further information can be found on Department of Electrical Engineering

Contact

John Clear (Coordinator)
j.clear@hs-mannheim.de
+49 621 292-6133

Silke Förstermann (Secretary)
s.foerstermann@hs-mannheim.de
+49 621 292-6180

Professor Matthias Seitz
(Course leader)
m.seitz@hs-mannheim.de
+49 621 292-6278

Download

You can find the study and examination regulation under the following link in German

Studien- und Prüfungsordung

Diploma Supplement

The function of this Diploma Supplement is to elaborate on the information provided by the Bachelor-Urkunde (graduation certificate) and the Bachelor-Zeugnis (transcript) awarded by Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.