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Mechanical Engineering | HAN UNIVERSITY

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Mechanical Engineering | HAN UNIVERSITY

As a mechanical engineer you work in research and design (R&D), project management, or production. You deal with lots of different disciplines, which require flexibility, people skills, imagination. For you that’s not a problem. With your BSC Mechanical Engineering you are ready to contribute to the team and to innovate.

How can we construct machines using less material and how can we get these machines to run on renewable energy? What about human-machine interaction? 

Are you ready to dedicate yourself to a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering? Being trained to design and optimize machines. Having all your lectures in English and studying alongside classmates from all over the world. Working on complicated mechanical engineering projects. Discovering the latest in constructional design and energy system design.

Our lecturers have worked as researchers and for commercial enterprises. This means you get the most up-to-date information and techniques in mechanical engineering.


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

As a mechanical engineering student, you collaborate with other disciplines. After all, part of the mechanical engineering curriculum is problem-solving and communication skills. You start on small projects with students from Electrical and Electronic Engineering, for example: electrical engineering and industrial design. As you progress through the course, you work on ever bigger projects and with ever more disciplines.

During your 1st year, your lecturers guide you through current mechanical engineering subjects. You also learn to apply the concepts and practical skills in mechanical engineering projects.

Subjects in the 1st year:

In your 1st semester, you gain basic knowledge related to constructional engineering.

Subjects include: Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Constructional Components, Materials Science and Engineering, Production Techniques, 3D Computer Aided Design, Mathematics, Practical Project Work, Workshop Production, Professional Skills.

The 2nd semester includes the focus on energy systems engineering.

Subjects include: Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics, Energy Systems Engineering, Sustainable Energy Techniques, Basics of Design Techniques, 3D/2D Computer Aided Design, Mathematics, Introduction to Electrical Engineering, Introduction in Programmable Logic Controllers, Research Skills, Practical Energy Systems Project Work, Professional Skills.

In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, your lecturers challenge you to work more independently. This means taking the next step in project work: designing experiments and tests, coming up with solutions and presenting your results as a professional mechanical engineer would.

Subjects in the 2nd year:

Semester 1: Constructional Design in Mechanical Engineering, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Materials Science and Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, Constructional Principles, Design and Analysis Techniques, Fine Elements Method and Motion, Motors and Drives, PLC and Lab view Programming, Advanced Mathematics, Law and Regulations, Multidisciplinary Project, Professional Skills.

Semester 2: Energy Systems Design, Thermodynamics, Combustion Principles, Energy Systems, Heat pumps, Air Conditioning Techniques, Solar and Wind Energy, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Systems Modeling, Control Systems, Multidisciplinary Project, Professional Skills.

Subjects in the 3rd year:

Semester 1: Internship

In the 1st semester you do a mechanical engineering internship at an international company, or a research institute. You work on a complex project on your own, or with one other student.

Semester 2: Production Facility Design, Business Economics, Profit and Loss, Cost Price Calculations, Investments, Return on Investment, Integral Design and Analysis, Modular Design, Design Techniques for a Production Facility, Smart Production, Internet of Things, Maintenance and Quality Control, Production Optimization, Professional Skills.

Subjects in the 4th year

In your 4th year, you complete a semester course of your choice, known as the minor. You can choose a minor at HAN, or take it as an exchange course at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad. The following English-taught minors at HAN complement the Mechanical Engineering course: “Machine Design and Construction”, “Lightweight Structural Vehicle Design”.

You also complete a 6-month graduation assignment for a company during your 4th year.  This real-life assignment is usually done at an international oriented company. There you help tackle a mechanical engineering issue that the company is facing. You have to show that you can work independently, use your project and research skills, use design techniques and possess the knowledge to produce a satisfying result. To conclude your mechanical engineering project, you write a report and give a presentation amongst professionals.

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

As a HAN Mechanical Engineering graduate, you have diverse, marketable skills. The job opportunities for mechanical engineers are endless. Both regional and international companies need innovative, internationally-oriented engineers.

Technical professionals are in high demand. That's why the starting salaries are high. Mechanical engineers can choose from many employers in both the commercial and public sectors. Our Mechanical Engineering graduates work for many top international companies, in jobs such as: Constructional design (Besi, DAF, Scania, Hyster, IHC, Marel, ASML, NXP) - Energy systems design (Bosch, Nefit, Atag, Hyet, Nuon) - Health-care applications (Philips) - Production facilities and automation (Heinz-Kraft, Mars, Festo).

Mechanical engineering jobs held by our graduates are:

- Product Designer

These professionals design machines and constructions using 3D-CAD software, hand calculations and newly available techniques. Their aim is to have the machines perform specific tasks. It could also be a re-design or an optimization to reduce costs. They often work in a team with electrical and software engineers. Using customer requirements and specifications, the mechanical engineer develops the product.

- Energy Systems Engineer

Our energy systems are being renewed. Fossil fuels are being replaced by renewable energy. This happens in the built environment and in industrial applications. Energy Systems Engineers analyze energy usage and production, design and test an appropriate system or reduce energy use at industrial sites. Using simulation, measurement and control, they develop systems to monitor and regulate our energy usage. And they deploy solutions from information technology. This enables monitoring and collaboration with industrial automation developers.

- Project Leader

These professionals work on projects to design or optimize mechanical systems, mostly in a multidisciplinary team. This involves project planning, customer relations and reviewing the project progress.

- Production Manager

Products are made in production sites and these facilities are controlled by production managers. They ensure that products are manufactured at the lowest cost. So it’s necessary to have all the components ordered just-in-time at the right place for assembly. Also, quality checks are important to ensure satisfied customers.

The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering is a good basis for HAN’s “Master in Engineering Systems”. This Masters course includes 5 specializations; Control Systems, Automotive Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Embedded Systems and Lean Engineering

With a Bachelors diploma from HAN University of Applied Sciences, you can also continue doing a Master’s program at a Research University. If you want to do this abroad, you can usually start straightaway. If you have done your minor at a research university in the Netherlands during the third year of your studies at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, you can get direct access to a Master’s program at a research university in the Netherlands as well. If not, Dutch research universities offer bridging programs to prepare HAN Bachelors students for a Masters course.