At your 1st year of Automotive Engineering at HAN University of Applied Sciences, you will get an extensive overview of the course and a good introduction to student life in Arnhem.
The practicals which form an important part of the 1st year program include:
Statistics - Diesel & LPG - Control engineering - EOBD - DC motors - Test Engineering.
The two main topics in the 2nd year are ‘Design of an automotive engineering structure’ (semester 1) and ‘Simulation and testing of a design’ (semester 2).
These cover the following core materials:
- Control engineering - Electrical systems - Materials science & strength of materials - Production - Combustion engines - Connection technology
The 3rd year subjects focus on the professional tasks of the designer/tester, more specifically the automotive test engineer. A test engineer can design, carry out and report on investigations independently and in a group context and formulate and quantify proposals for improvement based on simulations.
In the subject “Testing”, you will learn about the general approach to testing. A test engineer needs general insight into the dynamic behavior of systems. In the various theoretical subjects, you will learn about noise and vibration comfort, road holding and handling of vehicles, as well as performance and emission measurements. Alongside theoretical model making and simulation, you will carry out practical tests.
You will also study “Automotive Electronics”, which focuses on the necessary sensors, actuators and control and regulation units in vehicles and how they communicate. You will learn about fault analysis (EOBD) and cover mathematics topics relevant for your field. Finally, in the subject “Cooperation and Communication”, you learn how to write effective reports.
An important part of the Bachelors course in Automotive Engineering is your work placement in the “real world”. During this time you will be exposed to new information and working practices in your field of study. Assessors from HAN Automotive Institute and your placement coach will assess your knowledge and skills and your ability to communicate effectively.
At various moments throughout your studies, you will become acquainted with your future work field. In the 1st year, you will do a one-day ‘mini placement’ at a company or organization. During the 3rd year, you will do a work placement for a whole semester
During your 4th year you will complete a minor and a work placement.
To earn your Bachelor of Automotive Engineering at HAN, you need to complete a 6 months minor in the 4th year. HAN currently offers students of Automotive Engineering one minor in English: “Intelligent Vehicles”. You can also choose a different minor at another Dutch, or foreign institute, or university.
The Automotive Engineering course at HAN gives you the freedom to choose your own work placement. You can also choose to do your work placement abroad. HAN Automotive Institute has guided many students who have done placements all over the world.
Your graduation assignment in the 4th and final year will also be carried out in the professional field.