Mechanical engineering makes a crucial contribution to our society's state of technical development. The production of all industrial and consumer goods depends on the work of mechanical engineers. Both the design of machines and plants and the development of new manufacturing processes require not only special technical expertise, but also well grounded knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, and business economics.
The Mechanical Engineering degree program is strongly research-oriented. Numerous research activities and a variety of courses conducted jointly with partners from industry ensure practical training in all aspects of product development and manufacturing.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is an initial professional qualification and at the same time prepares graduates for Master's studies in Mechanical Engineering. The program uses a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, exercises, internships, laboratory sessions, business planning games, and supervised projects to impart theoretical knowledge to students in diverse ways while also training them to work independently.
In order to prepare for the targeted development of an individual focus and to provide a sound basis for decision making, the foundation for engineering training is first laid through intensive study of the required basic subjects. For example, there are modules in mathematics, physics, chemistry, measurement technology, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanics. From the fifth semester onward, students select one of the five profile modules offered to focus their studies more specifically. The choices include Machine Technology, Production Technology, Technical Management, Materials Technology / Materials Testing, and Modeling and Simulation in Mechanics.
No special prior knowledge is required. For this degree program, the preparatory course in mathematics is helpful. This serves to refresh and supplement the mathematics students have learned in school. It is offered once a year, in September, and lasts three weeks.
Wherever machines and plants are developed, built, operated, and maintained, there are employment opportunities for mechanical engineers. Depending on graduates' respective focus areas, job opportunities may for example be in development, project planning, construction and testing, production planning and monitoring, fabrication and production scheduling, quality assurance, maintenance and service, application consulting, or sales and distribution. Employment opportunities can also be found in engineering offices, business and professional associations, research and teaching, technical monitoring associations, and public service. Another possibility is self-employment, for example, in planning and construction, or as an independent expert. Alternative fields of activity can be found in corporate planning and consulting, or in the field of technical editing.
Strong demand for well trained engineers is expected to continue into the future.
An industrial internship of 20 weeks is required – consisting of an eight-week basic internship and a 12-week advanced internship – which can be completed during the studies, either continously or split into several phases. It is highly recommended to complete the basic internship before starting Mechanical Engineering studies, since this will impart basic knowledge about the fabrication of workpieces and the assembly of structural components and products, as well as familiarizing the student with a variety of different manufacturing processes.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.