Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Study of Mechanical Engineering
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Mechanical engineering: Study with good prospects

With almost one million employees and 230 billion DM year's turnover the machine and process engeneering is the largest industry branch in germany. With an proportion of 57 percent it obtains more than a half of ist conversion with the export and is thereby leader at the world market. The minted interdisciplinary research and development as well as the worldwide demand for the know-how from germany had made mechanical engeneering to an outstanding discipline in engeneering science.

Today successful mechanical engeneers have beside the predestination for responsible work a high standard in social and ecological competence, they are flexible and creative, they think constructively and in technical correlations. This is the result of the more independent character of the studies which teaches beside the special technical knowledge also a founded basic knowledge.

The independance teached during the studies is an important requirement for outstanding positions in industrial companies: The aquired knowledge status have to be adapted constantly to the newest developments of a demanding technology with high-quality and have to be imparted through cooperative guidance of employees. An inquiry among 1500 managers from 7 countries of Europe certified success: Accordingly the formation of german executives is evaluated as very positive abroad Europe.

But what's about the carreer prospects as a mechanical engineer? Due to the negative economic situation and by that worse employment chances the number of first-year students in mechanical engeneering decreases since the beginning of the 90's more than a half. Meanwhile the exportvolume of machine and process engeneering increases strongly.

Seeing that the industry expected a continuous growth trend and according to an inquiry almost 40% of the enterprises want to increase the number of employees in the coming years (furthermore 50% want the number to keep stable) it is to reckon rather with a lack as with a surplus of young engeneers. According to this situation for first-year students from today good carreer opportunities will result. The new generation already felt first signs for the new trend in 1996 when the lead-in to occupation became noticeably easier.

The increasingly market globalisation has a forming influence on the study of mechanical engeneering. Partnerships of the TU Clausthal with universities abroad as well as contacts to many german enterprises which consolidate their presence on far markets permit study stays and practical courses abroad. Particularly young qualified engeneers, who are prepared to work longer time abroad, have good chances on the job market.

Mechanical engineering: Study of a cross-section technology

Mechanical engeneering is a cross-section technology and for this students are prepared inter-disciplinary. Here it concerns not only the production of efficient machines but also continual new contributions to the solution of urgent questions in economy and society: in environmental protection, in the power supply, in the health service or within the areas mobility and communication. Because of the close connection with other disciplines and with new technologies the german mechanical engeneering (and therefore also its world-wide costumers) achieve decisive innovative advances.

The fact that the mechanical engeneering of Clausthal in this connection is involved quite in front is shown by numerous research projects in co-operation with most international teams, e. g. current collaborative research centres (Sonderforschungsbereiche) from "Manufacturing in Sheet Metal" up to "Design of Process Engineering Machinery". Such research projects which are single in germany are possible in Clausthal because the whole range of basic research assembled at one place can be used here: Alone 58 scientists from 13 institutes of the TU Clausthal are working in the two mentioned research projects. For students is this a cornucopia with topics for study and master's theses about the technology from tomorrow. And still another further topic source students are able to "breach" - off their own bat or with the help of the TU - the good contacts of the mechanical engeneering from Clausthal with the industry and commerce.

At the TU Clausthal altogether 40 institutes, wich represents 11 fields of activity, ensure that in the mechanical and the process engeneering the subjects "don't run out". The subject in the basic study is by the way almost identical for both courses of studies. Those who have the first diploma in the bag can follow their personal interests in the main study and can select from a multitude of extensions. There are two main extensions to choose from: "construction, manufacturing and operation" as well as "electronical technology and system automation". Students can put the main emphasis in their studies by selecting lectures and exercises, they can aquire e. g. special know-how in "component strength", "measurement and automation", "development and planning" or "production technologie".

And that's not all! The aptitude for following, determining functions requires the special studies to accompany by questions of the marketing and management, communication and other areas in the field of work of mechanical engeneers. In the course of their studies the studends of Clausthal get a special profile. It's the picture of a generalist, who is able to work universally and who has specialized himself with the main emphasises during the study by not ignoring the basic knowledge.

In mechanical engeneering the dovetailing between university research and economics is extaordinarily close. The best gauge of the significance of this co-operation is the increasing requirement of transfer technology and new research tasks. Mechanical engeneers take responsibility in economy, at universities or in other facilities, for example.

  • as specialists in research and development,
  • in the development, construction and planning of products,
  • in projectteams with integrative and interdisciplinary activities,
  • in high positions with cross-sectional tasks,
  • as managers, business employers, advisors or test engineers and
  • as teacher in different educational institutions.

However the largest manpower offers in each case the industry with a lion's share of middle and smaller enterprises. Especially in these companies engeneers are in demand as generalists, because they cover a large range with their work. Mechanical engeneers are much sought after in almost all areas of industry, economics as well as in public administrations and institutions.