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In the degree programme in Mechanical Engineering you will learn about the development and design of new mechanical systems and machinery. We will show you how you can combine innovative technologies with solid mechanical engineering principles and bring together your knowledge from various technical sciences to create forward-looking solutions.
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Matthias Irmler (M.Eng.), Development Engineer and Technical Project Coordinator for the Formula 1 Season 2021 at Bosch Engineering GmbH / Motorsport
After several years in machining and assembly, making the leap back to the classroom was not easy for me at first. However, for my personal development, the degree has more than worthwhile. The Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences provided me with solid, in-depth technical knowledge, in order to be well-placed for the future profession. What I particularly liked was the fact that you can build up your own specialisation and strengthen your interests in the later Bachelor’s semesters, as well as in the Master’s.
Matthias Irmler (M.Eng.), Development Engineer and Technical Project Coordinator for the Formula 1 Season 2021 at Bosch Engineering GmbH / Motorsport

Course profile

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering
7 Semester: 210 ECTS
Language: German
Location: Heilbronn Sontheim
Study form: Full-time / with training / Part-time
Start: Summer term & Winter term
Deadline: January 15 & July 15

Career prospects

The demand for mechanical engineers and qualified graduates continues to grow. And that means jobs with a secure future!

Mechanical engineers are in demand particularly in the automotive, aerospace and machine tools industries. They can be found both in small, medium and large companies. The planning, development, design, maintenance and distribution of machinery and equipment in almost all branches of industry result in very multifaceted fields of activity.

Course of studies

  • Mathematics
  • Physics with lab
  • Computer Science
    - Fundamentals of Programming
    - Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Electrical Engineering with Laboratory Work
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Design and Strength
    - Fundamentals of Engineering Design
    - Introduction to CAD
    - Design Theory 1
    - Design Theory 2 with Strength of Materials
  • Materials
    - Metals
    - Plastics

In the main course, the fundamentals are expanded and a broad range of subject-specific knowledge is taught. The lectures are supplemented by practical exercises in the laboratories.

  • Specialist and technical electives (lectures and laboratories)
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Specialisation
  • Materials Laboratory
    - Engineering Mechanics
    - Vibrations
    - Machine Dynamics
  • Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics
    - Thermodynamics
    - Fluid Mechanics
  • Metrology and Control Engineering
    - Signals and Systems
    - Metrology and Sensors
    - Metrology Laboratory
    - Control Engineering
  • Design Theory
  • CAD and Manufacturing
    - Designing with CAD
    - Machining and Ablative Manufacturing Processes
    - Forming Processes in Manufacturing
  • Interdisciplinary Qualification
    - Extracurricular (interfaculty) studies

The newly acquired knowledge and skills are then applied in the internship, in which students work independently in an industrial company on real tasks from everyday engineering life.

  • Practical experience in an industrial company
  • Real tasks from everyday engineering life
  • Independent working
  • Engineering conditions
  • Contact with experienced engineers
  • Paid internship
  • Option of foreign placement

In the advanced studies programme you have considerable freedom to choose your areas of focus, based on your experience from the practical semester. In addition, you can attend various lectures from other courses in the faculty. Of course, content on management and soft skills is not left out.

  • Specialist and technical electives (lectures and laboratories)
  • Seminar work / Project
    - Project Planning
    - ME Colloquium
  • Advanced principles
    - Fluid Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Qualification
    - Rhetoric
    - Law for Engineers
    - Introduction to Business Administration
    - Extracurricular (interfaculty) studies

The degree programme concludes with the Bachelor’s thesis, in which a project at the university or in cooperation with a company is independently planned, organised and implemented. 

Main focus of studies

From the 4th semester, students select from a wide range of elective courses, thus having the opportunity to tailor their studies to their personal interests. In doing so, they are not bound by any combination of subjects. However, in order to provide guidance for suitable subject combinations, four main areas of study have been developed. If you follow one of these subject recommendations, you will also receive a certificate for that area of studies at the end of your course.

You can choose between the following main areas of study
    • Automation engineering
    • Automotive engineering
    • Product development
    • Production engineering


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    Vocational training and a degree in one?

    This course is also available in the cooperative study model. This enables you to achieve two qualifications in just under 5 years. Even during your studies, you remain with the company and will receive remuneration for the entire time.

    Maths? No problem!

    Our courses are designed to help you brush up on your skills, and help to remove any deficits you may have. You are also welcome to take advantage of the support services that accompany your studies.

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    Study programme laboratories

    On the mechanical engineering degree course there are many laboratory classes for foundation studies, specialisations and research.

    Before you start – Well prepared for your studies

    Previous knowledge?

    The pre-study work placement is recommended for applicants without relevant practical experience, it is not compulsory. In the pre-study work placement applicants should familiarise themselves with the manual work techniques of the respective field of study. The pre-study work placement is intended to familiarise applicants with the industrial working environment.

    The pre-study placement is designed to provide basic knowledge in the following work processes: Scribing, sawing, filing, cutting, folding, bending, flanging, straightening, drilling, thread forming, soldering, gluing, measuring and testing. It is also advantageous to acquire knowledge of materials and the basics of technical drawing.

    Another offer

    In addition, we refer to the offer on the page up2study.de, which offers further opportunities to prepare for the degree course.

    Support during your studies

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    The Mathematics Learning Centre in Room F120 is an open question time where problems in mathematics or other technical subjects can be discussed with tutors. Practice material and reference literature is available. It offers support with questions about the electronic mathematics basics test (MGT), homework, exam preparation, etc.

    The Learning Centre is manned by tutors Mon-Thu from 13.00–15.00 and until 17.00 on long Wednesdays. Just drop in!


    Right at the beginning of the first semester, many degree programmes use a test to check basic mathematics skills. Any deficits can then be systematically and individually worked through in an adaptive mathematics learning system (https://de.bettermarks.com/).