Degree programme in Industrial Automation and Mechatronics

Mechatronics is THE degree programme of the future! Electromechanical systems are used in almost every technical product today, in a multitude of industries, which means mechatronics engineers are in great demand! The Industrial Automation and Mechatronics programme on the Tuttlingen campus combines the core technical disciplines of mechanics, electrical engineering, automation engineering and computer science. The programme offers up-to-date course content and is highly practical. As a result of the university’s strong links with industry, as early as the first semester students have direct contact with leading companies, including many in the mechanical engineering sector. Thus they are able to gain practical experience and have the chance to get their foot in the door early on to secure a sought-after job in industry. The chances of being hired by one of the participating companies after graduation are very high.

Good reasons for studying mechatronics

  • Cooperating businesses
  • A degree programme developed with input from industry
  • Direct access to more than 100 leading companies
  • Cutting-edge industrial laboratories and the use of companies’ own laboratories
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • The latest technological standards

Quick Information

Degree awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree undergraduate
Duration of programme 7 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Tuttlingen
Programme begin winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 July
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German
Academic entry requirements university entrance qualification
Language requirements fluent in German
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN accredited
Contact SDek-ISD@hs-furtwangen.de

Programme Content

The Mechatronics degree programme is based on a wide variety of mechanical engineering fundamentals, specifically a combination of computer science, mechanics, and electrical engineering. The programme particularly focuses on the areas of system integration and industrial communication technology. Specialisation in later semesters provides the experience needed for future jobs in many different sectors.

Core areas of study include:

  • Robotics
  • Metrology and control engineering
  • Drive technology
  • Digital technology
  • Automation engineering
  • Sensor technology
  • Modelling and simulating mechanical processes

The programme is extremely hands-on and includes the following practical elements:

  • Placements in company laboratories
  • Lecture series with experts from the industry
  • Introduction to the mechatronics field with six to eight cooperating companies
  • Mentoring by skilled experts and management staff from companies in the industry
  • Placements focusing on the fundamentals of materials engineering, electrical engineering, physics, computer science, and metrology
  • Placements in industrial communication technology, sensor systems, robotics, and signal processing
  • Projects such as product development, mechatronics, and optional projects with companies in the industry

Programme Modules

Semester 1
Construction Design and Mechatronics, Mathematics 1, Soft Skills for Industrial Systems Design (ISD), Physical and Electronic Fundamentals, Engineering Mechanics and Materials Engineering 1

Semester 2
Electronics, Mathematics 2, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering Mechanics and Materials Engineering 2

Semester 3
Automation and Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Mechanical Engineering, Metrology, Computer Engineering, Engineering Mechanics and Drive Technology

Semester 4
Practical training semester

Semester 5
Computer-Aided Engineering, year-long project (part one), Digital Process Peripherals, Digital Technology, Industrial Process Peripherals, Signals and Systems

Semester 6
Industrial Motors, year-long project (part two), Mechatronic Projects, Mechatronic Systems, Specialized Systems Engineering, Elective Modules

Semester 7
Bachelor’s thesis, Digital Signals and Systems

Degree awarded
BSc in Industrial Systems Design

Career opportunities

Electronic components are now integrated into all mechanical engineering products, which means the market needs more and more mechatronics engineers. It is important to have sound knowledge of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science – all of which are taught on the Industrial Automation and Mechatronics degree programme. Mechatronics engineers therefore have excellent careers prospects in all areas of technology.

Graduates will find positions in business organizations and in industry, laboratories, research and development, and in universities or other educational institutions. Fields of work will be primarily in the development of mechatronic systems and the design and implementation of automation solutions in the following areas:

  • Development and construction of mechatronic systems
  • Commission of complex systems
  • Assembly and automation technology
  • Implementation of automation solutions
  • Quality assurance
  • Marketing and sales, product management

Further Information in German

As the Industrial Automation and Mechatronics Bachelor degree programme is taught in German, please click here for more detailed information regarding the programme in German.

Contact Information

General Information
Sabine Hattung-Hocheder
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6600

Admissions & Examinations
Sieglinde Saur
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6681

Dean of Studies (IAM)
Prof. Dr. Ing. Martin Heine
Tel: +49 (0)7461 1502-6601