Mechatronics and Robotics (Bachelor of Engineering)

International Programme (English/German)

Mechatronics and Robotics – Technology for the Future

Mechatronics and Robotics engineers at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences solve the technical problems of today and develop the products of tomorrow, e.g.

  • head-up displays that show important information in the drivers´ field of vision,
  •   inter-connected robots, laser processing machines and sensors in an industrial internet environment,
  • lightweight, but high-strength bionic structures produced through 3D-printing.

Mechatronics and robotics build the bridge between mechanical engineering, eletrical engineering and informatics. For this reason, our students learn how to solve technical tasks through an interdisciplinary approach.

Our graduates are able to describe, model and simulate complex technical interrelations. Thus, they contribute to the development of mechatronic systems, consisting of sensors, electrical actuators, data processing and the mechanical structure including communication technology and the human-machine interface. A special focus will be on robotics and its applications.

Besides the development of technical knowledge, we highly value the ability of students to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. With a degree in Mechatronics and Robotics, our graduates are well-prepared for current and future development tasks in the regional, internationally oriented industry.


Degree Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)
Duration 7 Semester
Start of studies
Winter semester
Application spring 2020
Study format
Pre-study internship
Information sheet
Credits 210 ECTS
Semesters 1-2 completely in English (Basic studies)
Semester 3-7 in German (main studies)
Compulsory German language course as part of the programme
Campus Heilbronn - Sontheim

Academic Contents

Previous experience wanted

A 12-weeks internship is obligatory except for applicants with a previous apprenticeship or work experience in a related field or with an entrance qualification from a "Technischen Gymnasium", a two-years "Berufskolleg" with the qualification as "Technische Assistentin" or "Technischer Assistent". Upon request, the pre-internship can be completed also after the start of studies until the beginning of semester 4.

Information sheet

The basic studies contain basic engineering knowledge and also basic knowledge of mechatronics and robotics.

  • Mathematics

  • Physics (including laboratory practise)

  • Informatics
    • Introduction to programming
    • Introduction to digital technology
    • Algorithms and data structures
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Introduction to electrical engineering
    • Elektronic circuit design
    • Electrical engineering lab
  • Technical Mechanics
  • Engineering Design
    • Engineering design basics
    • Working practises
    • Engineering drawing
    • Robotics
    • Machine elements
  • Engineering materials and Manufacturing Processes
    • Metals
    • Polymers
    • Metal-cutting manufacturing

The main studies broaden the basic knowledge from the basic studies and teach a broad range of specific subjects. Lectures are complemented by practical exercises in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

  • Specialisations and technical electives (lectures and labs)

  • Control technology and mathematical methods
    • Mathematics
    • Signals and systems
    • Control technology
    • Control technology lab
  • Robotics, sensors and electrical actuators
    • Metrology and sensors
    • Metrology lab
    • Electrical drives
    • industrial robots
  • Engineering Design
    • Computer Aided Design
    • Mechanics of materials
    • Machine elements
  • Information technology
    • Microcontrollers
    • Electronics lab
    • Software technology
    • Introduction to network systems
The new knowledge and skills will be applied in the practice semester where all students work independently on engineering tasks in an industrial firm.

  • Practical experience
  • work in an industrial enterprise
  • get to know different specific engineering tasks
  • independent work
  • realistic working conditions
  • networking with experienced engineers
  • salary
  • also possible abroad Ausland

In the last study phase, you have considerable freedom to specialise in certain key topics that you have worked on in your internship. In addition, you can choose from a range of courses in other engineering programmes. Finally, you will also get an insight into business studies and enhance your social competences.

  • Specialisation and technical electives (lectures and labs)

  • Student research project

  • Advanced Engineering contents
    • Technical physics
    • Digital signal processing
  • Advanced information technology
    • Human-Machine-Systems
    • Digital production
  • Interdisciplinary competences
    • Studium generale
    • Introduction to business studies
    • Integrated product design

The last part of your studies consists of the Bachelor thesis. This will be a project at the university or in cooperation with a company that is planned, organised and implemented independently by each student.

Career Prospects after Graduation

Due to the growing automation degree in the industry, the demand for well-qualified engineers for the control of machines, application of industrial robots and the development of new service robots will increase further.

As the "region of world-market leaders", the Heilbronn-Franken area is proud to provide a highly dynamic and attractive environment with optimal possibilites for your career entry and advancement. Thanks to their broad technical knowledge and wide practical experience, our graduates can choose from many different job opportunities, both in the region and worldwide.

Directly proceed to the master programme

You would like to continue your education with a master degree? To graduates with good or very good grades, our faculty offers a consecutive master programme in "Mechatronics and Robotics".

What our graduates say

"Studying Mechatronics has provided me with the optimal mix of classical engineering disciplines such as mechanics, electronics and software technology. Even in my current position, I still benefit from these experiences and apply them in our projects and in discussions with customers."

Position: Head of Development Sensors & Optical System
Current Employer: Helbling Technik AG in Wil

Academic path:
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Mechatronics
PhD (Hefei University of Technology)


Dr.-Ing. Johannes Eckstein

"In its range and interdisciplinary approach, this study programme provides an ideal preparation for the professional life as an engineer. The advice from professors and staff is first-class - even with technical questions outside of classes and when searching for internships and thesis topics in companies."

Position: Team Leader Applications
Current employer: Robert Bosch GmbH

Academic pathDipl. Ing. (FH) Mechatronics

Andreas Ehret

Andreas Ehret

"It always feels good to think back of my time as a student for it has been a time of both personal and professional growth. Furthermore, it led me to a great job. Some of the group projects developed into friendships that last until today. One of the most valuable experiences was a six-months student exchange with the university of Cardiff (UK)."

Development engineer for optical testing technology in the field of video-based driver assistance systems
Since 01/2016: PhD student in the field of laser-based distance and object recognition
Current employer: Robert Bosch GmbH

Academic path: Dipl. Ing. (FH) Mechatronics
Mechatronic (“Cooperative study model”, Robert Bosch GmbH)


Jürgen Hasselbach

"A broad knowledge base in different fields of mechatronics is essential for my current job. I still remember the commitment and constructive cooperation of the professors in a very good study programme. Doing my PhD at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences together with TU Munich has been the basis of my professional success."

Position: Research and Pre-Development UserInteraction: cross-divisional function haptics, new operating devices
Current employer: Daimler AG

Academic path: Dipl. Ing. (FH) Mechatronics
PhD at TU Munich 2009 in cooperation with Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences

Apprenticeship: carpenter


Dr.-Ing. Jörg Reisinger

"In today´s world of work, flexibility and cooperation in teams are key. The large number of practical laboratory and project works was an excellent preparation for this. Furthermore, I keep my exchange semester in Kongens Lyngby (Denmark) in very good memory as it helped me to advance both my technical and personal competences."

Position: Program Manager (PMO) Solid State Lighting
Current employer: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Academic path:
Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) Mechatronics & Mikrosystems Technology
Master of Science Electrical Engineering & Informatics


Gerald Landstorfer

"Studying at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences has provided me with the perfect mix of theory and practice. As a student, I was thrilled to choose from different topics and project works, such as the examination of the Microsoft Kinect or the construction of a solar panel."

Position: Head of Project- Responsibility for the electronics division
Current employer: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co.KG, Winnenden

Academic path:
Bachelor of Engineering, Mechatronics and Microsystems Technology

Master of Engineering, Mechatronics

Simon Himmler

Simon Himmler

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M.Sc. Stefanie Petrick

M.Sc. Stefanie Petrick

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