Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering
(Bachelor of Science)
(Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, B.Sc.)
|Degree: Bachelor of Science|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Language: German; individual courses in English, if applicable|
|Requirements for Admission: Entrance qualification for higher education, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: aptitude assessment procedure|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|Application: online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an Online Bridging Course.|
The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims at offering a broad, general and thorough programme, thus enabling students to pursue independent research. Therefore, the programme B.Sc. Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering has at its core a systematic approach to mechanical engineering's fundamentals. During the subsequent Master's programme and doctoral studies, in-depth research and specialisation on specific subjects is possible.
Before the start of the programme, the students have to undergo an aptitude test throughout the course of the application, which addresses the individual aptitude of applicants for the degree programme. Further information may be found here.
Please find detailed information on the programme in the module handbook.
Further information on the department may be found at www.maschinenbau.tu-darmstadt.de
How to Prepare for the Programme
As mathematical knowledge is very important for the study programme, the Fachschaft (Departmental Students` Representative Committee) organises the Mathematik-Stützkurs für Erstsemester (supporting mathematics course for beginners).
Alternatively/additionally it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Please do also check the general information on pre-courses.
Online course videos (Lehrvideos Maschinenbau) offer guidance and support.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Additionally, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers special counselling for prospective students.
Advice for Prospective B.Sc. Students
The Mechanical Engineering study programme is suitable for everyone who has a basic understanding of complex logical and technical problems and who enjoys exploring such problems and their possible solutions in a methodically exact way.
Specialised knowledge in the scientific subjects of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry is absolutely essential for a successful course of study. Here, it is thus important for the students especially in the first semesters to be able to rely on a solid base of knowledge of those subjects acquired in school.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
More strongly application-oriented mathematics also play a significant role throughout the Mechanical Engineering programme, e.g. regarding CAD designs. Furthermore, the students should possess sufficient spatial perception.
The Online Bridging Course Maschinenbau helps to get a clearer understanding of these requirements and of the contents of the programme.
The demanding contents of the Mechanical Engineering programme are usually accompanied by a large workload that should not be underestimated. Commitment, personal initiative, and endurance are indispensable especially regarding course preparation and follow-up work as well as exam preparation. The ability to work systematically, independently, and in a time-optimised manner and to present and describe research results is important.
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General Information: With the Bachelor of Science, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Science is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements.This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further questions please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Computational Engineering (CE) (M.Sc.)|
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering (M.Sc.) (Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, M.Sc.)|
|Mechatronics (M.Sc.) (Mechatronik, M.Sc.)|
|Paper Science and Technology – Paper Technology and Biobased Fiber Materials (M.Sc.) (Paper Science and Technology – Papiertechnik und biobasierte Faserwerkstoffe, M.Sc.)|
|Technology and Philosophy (M.A.) (Technik und Philosophie, M.A.)|
|Traffic and Transport (M.Sc.) (Verkehrswesen, M.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.) Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – technische Fachrichtung Maschinenbau, M.Sc.)|
Mechanical Engineering is one of the leading industrial branches in Germany. A similar picture has emerged on an international scale: Mechanical Engineers are in demand as specialists all over the world.
They predominantly address the development, design, planning, and construction of technical equipment and machines. Therefore, they primarily work in the fields of mechanical, plant, and automotive engineering or their supplier companies, or in engineering firms.
Depending on their major, the graduates deal with automotive engineering, production engineering, power engineering, fluid mechanics, aeronautical engineering, product development, or mechatronics. This list reflects only an excerpt of the various possibilities.
Employers for graduates of the Mechanical Engineering degree program include, for example, industrial corporations, engine manufacturers, monitoring and auditing institutions, engineering firms, consulting firms, or the automotive industry.
However, mechanical engineers may also choose other career paths than the traditional ones. Examples are technical journalism or technical communications.
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) (German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V. (VDI) (The Association of German Engineers)