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Automotive Engineering | HAN UNIVERSITY

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Bachelor of Automotive Engineering | HAN UNIVERSITY

Technology always forms the basis of an automotive engineer’s work: electrical and electronic engineering, computation skills and construction, but also marketing, management and business economics.

The Automotive Engineering course trains you in a broad range of automotive skills. You will receive a solid grounding in technical subjects, such as mechanical engineering and chassis design. At the same time, you get thorough training in areas such as management and communication skills.

Automotive engineers communicate with existing and potential clients. They take up an independent position, are able to deal with details and are precise and creative.

Because the focus of the course is practical, you team up with other students to carry out projects focused on future mobility concepts. The course has a strong international focus, so you get the opportunity to do a work placement in an international environment in your 3rd year.


Starting date: September 2019

You can apply until:  August 15, 2019

Degree title: Bachelor of Science

Program intensity: Full Time

Program duration: 4 years

Language: English

Program location: Arnhem

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060

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.

2nd Year

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

3rd Year

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

4th Year

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.

Four-year track

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or higher, or TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher, or diploma’s such as:

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio), with a general grade of at least 16 and a grade of at least 17 for the subjects Mathematics & Physics.

The application procedure also includes a course selection check. This check helps you choose the right course, which increases your chances of study success. The course selection check consists of a (Skype) call, resulting in a recommendation from HAN.

August 15, 2019

In general it will be your own responsibility to find accommodation. Rental prices for a student room vary from €300 to €500 per calendar month. However, you will most commonly find rooms to rent for around € 400. Make sure you book a room in time (preferably in the early spring), so you have the best chances to find the room that suits your wishes. Unfurnished rooms can be cheaper to rent than furnished ones.

Greek (EU) students do not have a guaranteed room on campus, but can contact the HAN Housing Office by email for a place on the campus Housing waiting list.

For more information and assistance in finding your right housing, please contact us on info@studyinholland.gr

The Automotive Engineer works within the automotive industry. This industry comprises a wide range of businesses, institutes and agencies active in the research and development, manufacturing and sales of products associated with automobiles or transport.

Automotive engineers invariably make decisions based on the combination of technology, commerce and business considerations. This sets them apart from commerce and business professionals, who lack technical knowledge, as well as from the mechanical engineer, who lacks a broad overall knowledge of the different products.

The automotive engineer is a versatile professional with specific engineering skills relevant to the automotive trade. There is a high demand for such skills: the industry is waiting for you!

After finishing the Bachelors course, you can also choose to continue your studies by following the Masters course in Automotive Systems (also in English). Some universities also offer bridging programs to prepare Bachelors students for a Masters course. Following a bridging program within the framework of your minor gives you instant acceptance to HAN’s Masters course after graduation. This means you can earn your Master’s degree within one year instead of one and a half!