Bachelor's degree Mechanical Engineering

"I naturally still benefit enormously today from the technical knowledge gained during my mechanical engineering studies. I have also learned, however, how project work is planned, how presentations are given, how I can best handle pressure, and how to work in a structured and efficient manner. This is very beneficial to me in my current professional life."

Joël Bourquin, Graduate Mechanical Engineering, CEO Ionplus AG

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Good reasons to study Mechanical Engineering

The study of mechanical engineering at the ZHAW School of Engineering is the right choice when you:

  • enjoy technology and abstract thinking
  • are interested in backgrounds and connections
  • want to develop innovative technical solutions either independently or in a team

      At a glance

      Title: Bachelor of Science ZFH Mechanical Engineering

      Workload: 180 ECTS-Credits

      Duration: 6 Semester (full-time), 8 Semester (part-time)

      Study model: full-time study, part-time study, Practice-integrated Bachelor programmeinternational profile (only full-time study)

      Modules in English: Selection of modules (for more information please visit International Office)

      Start of Program: Autumn

      Application deadline: 30. April

      Location: Winterthur

      Language of Instruction: German

      Semester Fee: CHF 720 per Semester + additional study costs

      Graduate programmes: Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

      Curriculum content bachelor's degree Mechanical Engineering

      Mechanical engineering as the engine for technical innovation is the front runner of the Swiss export industry and one of the most important production sectors with exciting tasks. Turbine blades, crane operator seats, medical implants or innovative coatings: Mechanical engineers are involved with almost every product which is newly developed and manufactured.

      In the first two years of study, you will learn the mathematical, scientific and engineering fundamentals. These include Mathematics, Physics and Computer science. You will become acquainted with fluid dynamics and thermodynamics as well as with measurement and control technology. Parallel to the basic subjects, you can directly apply what you learn to the "project track". You will develop products in the same way as in the real world and thus learn all the steps required from the idea to the actual manufacturing.

      Study models

      The Bachelor programme is offered both as a full-time programme with a duration of three years, as well as a part-time programme with a minimum duration of four years. Part-time studies are designed in such a way that working while studying is supported to as great an extent as possible: For example, the timetable is designed compactly and credit may be given for professional activities.

      We offer the Practice-Integrated Bachelor programme for secondary-school graduates that combines internships and lectures in a four-year model.

      The Bachelor programme can be completed with the International Profile, which entails attending English-language modules and an extended stay abroad. There are also further opportunities available, such as completing an exchange semester at a partner university during the Bachelor programme. International exposure as part of a study programme improves not only career prospects but also expands cultural horizons.

      Internship before starting the Bachelor programme

      Candidates holding a school leaving certificate must provide evidence of completing a professional internship of at least 12 months (with full-time hours) before starting the study programme (exception: Practice-Integrated Bachelor programme). The internship will provide you with the following experiences and skills:

      • Interns will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the working world in a company, including such things as: operational processes, manufacturing technologies, assembly processes and much more.
      • You will carry out practical tasks, e.g. in a workshop, test facility, in development or design engineering.
      • You will be able to interpret drawings correctly and create them on your own and you will become acquainted with tolerance systems, standards and standardised components.
      • You will learn how to use technical equipment such as measurement devices and soldering units.
      • You will realise the importance of efficient, punctual work performance.

      Search for internship positions

      You will search for your own internship position. Please contact the internship advisor for more information.

      Please mention in your application that you want to complete an internship in order to be able to study at the ZHAW School of Engineering.

      Potential internship companies are large industrial operations, engineering offices (development or design engineering companies) and innovative start-ups.

      Practical relevance

      Our Mechanical Engineering degree programme will guarantee you a high level of practical relevance. You will work on practical tasks as early as the first semester. You will benefit from the close links of the course of study with the following institutes and centres:

      The lecturers work on interdisciplinary research and development projects in collaboration with industrial and economic partners. The current results of this collaboration are continually incorporated into the teaching. In the project work and Bachelor thesis at the end of your studies, you deal independently with current topics and problems, usually in close collaboration with a company.