New course of study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

"Systems Engineering and Technical Management" combines engineering disciplines with global management topics

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Landshut University of Applied Sciences is taking an even more interdisciplinary approach and will offer the new "Systems Engineering and Technical Management" bachelor's degree course from the 2020/21 winter semester. "The product world is becoming increasingly complex," explains course director Prof. Dr Volker Weinbrenner. "Digital controls, connection to the Internet of Things and the use of artificial intelligence are becoming more and more important alongside mechanics and electrics."

To maintain an overall view of these complex systems, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has developed a course of study that is designed to cover precisely these new requirements. Mathematical and scientific basics from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science are taught during the basic studies.

Following education in the basics, students can choose one of five specialisation directions. The selection includes energy systems, manufacturing systems, vehicles and machines for mobile use, technical development and International Systems Engineering (ISE). The ISE specialisation offers the special feature of allowing students to study abroad for a whole year without extending the standard period of study.

Interdisciplinary focus

"Students benefit from a broad, cross-faculty range of learning content," explains Weinbrenner. Unlike with a purely technical course of study, the new course of study focuses on interdisciplinary exchange as well as process and project management. The lecturers therefore teach skills in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, business administration and numerous management disciplines, in addition to mechanical engineering.

Climate protection is a particularly important future topic for society. The bachelor's degree course offers a specialisation in energy systems technology to actively tackle this challenge. The energy research focus, which was established at Landshut University of Applied Sciences several years ago, provides the ideal teaching and research environment for this.

Due to the breadth of education and training during the course of study, graduates in all engineering professions with a background in mechanical engineering have excellent career entry opportunities. The skills taught can be applied to all stages of the product lifecycle: from product planning, development and design, purchasing, production with materials management and logistics; technical marketing and sales to the operation and control of complex systems.

Further information about the course of study and application is available online at

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