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
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
Film about the Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's degree programme
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 programme, Part-time programme, Practice-integrated Bachelor programme, international profile (only full-time study)
Modules in English: Selection of modules (PDF 297,4 KB) (for more information please visit International Office)
Start of Program: Autumn
Application deadline: 30. April
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.
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.
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:
- Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES)
- Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE)
- Centre for Product and Process Development (ZPP)
- Centre for Aviation (ZAV)
- Institute of Materials and Process Engineering (IMPE)
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.