Mechanical Engineering

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

Do you want to invent new products, improve machines and make spectacular designs? Do you have a passion for technology, are you curious, resourceful and precise? Mechanical Engineering is something for you! As a mechanical engineer, you’ll invent the technology of the future.

About Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer, you invent, design and implement new products and production processes. Also, you can think about how to make machines and production processes safer. A mechanical engineer knows everything about materials and how to use them in the best possible way. You use the latest scientific insights and practical applications in the field of technology and automation.

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Why study Mechanical Engineering at Fontys?

  • You’ll work on projects and (research) assignments for real companies
  • Lots of practical work in our labs
  • Developing your full potential, your passion and your capabilities is key to us
 

What are you going to learn?

We will train you to be a widely employable engineer. You will learn the theory and the practical skills that you need to design, make and maintain equipment, production processes and machines to make products. Many of your teachers have worked in that sector. You will train your technical skills and will carry out challenging (company) projects assignments. An important part of a mechanical engineer’s work consists of technical design. We will support you in that learning process.

We offer you:

  • an good mix between theory and practice.
  • (company) assignments and projects.
  • several skills: you learn to design, cooperate, work in a planned way and think creatively.
  • diverse subjects: from energy and process technology, construction and mechanics, to production technology and materials science, measurement and control technology.
 
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How does your week look?

Studying is hard work. That’s okay, as long as there’s variety in what you do. At Mechanical Engineering, we’ve got you covered.

  • One time you're following a class in one of our labs
  • The next moment you're working on 3D-prints
  • Or you're taking part in applied research for an company.
  • Together with your fellow students
 

 

Courses

The Mechanical Engineering course in Eindhoven works closely with companies in the Brainport Region. In addition, Fontys University of Applied Sciences has its own project office called ExPo. Together with students from other engineering courses, you’ll carry out projects from the business community. In Eindhoven, the Engineering programs have a brand-new location at the TU/e site with labs that are equipped in line with the latest developments.

Study at Fontys Engineering in 4 years!

How does your study time looks like at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering

In year 1, your weeks consist of:

  • 22 hours of class / theory
  • 8 hours of projects
  • 10 hours of self-study

In this propaedeutic year, you’ll focus on the broad field of a mechanical engineer. You’ll be taught in one of our innovative labs and classrooms. 

You take courses such as energy and process technology, construction and mechanics, production technology, materials science, measurement and control technology, mathematics and physics. You’ll work on designing products in project groups right from the start.

In our lab classes, you practice technical skills such as machining, welding, CAD designing, 3D printing, and modelling and simulation.

From year 2, you’ll expand your fundamental theoretical knowledge and skills with in-depth courses and projects. Within Mechanical Engineering there are many opportunities to engage in applied research. Together with your lecturers you work on innovative technologies with companies as part of your education programme. You can also participate in other research projects such as adaptive robotics in the Mechatronics programme or new electric vehicles in the Automotive programme.

In the third year, you follow an internship and a minor. Your internship is at a company that matches your interests. Also part of the third year is a free minor, which gives you the opportunity to deepen or broaden your knowledge.

 

Internship
During your internship, you’ll apply your knowledge and experience in a company of your choice, in the Netherlands or abroad. Think of large international tech companies, small innovative start-ups, production facilities or research departments; all options are open to you. You’ll receive supervision from both Fontys lecturers and your internship company supervisor.

 

Minor
The minor is an elective programme of 1 semester. You can choose for a broadening minor in any study field, either within Fontys or elsewhere in The Netherlands or abroad. You can also choose for an in-depth technical minor if you can’t get enough of Engineering! The minor will give your study programme its own identity and allow you to specialize.  

Before graduation, you’ll choose a specialisation from one of three fields:

  • Precision engineering: You’ll learn about advanced construction principles and the workings of precise mechanical moving and non-moving structures. You’ll gain knowledge about advanced construction mechanics and how design principles correlate to manufacturing.
  • Energy and process engineering:You’ll focus on topics such as the transfer of heat, in which heat exchangers play a central role. You’ll work on industrial climate systems and look at possibilities for energy savings within industrial applications.
  • Innovation engineering: A specialisation in the field of developing innovations for small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition to technological developments involving patents and technological trends, you’ll learn how to create a business plan for implementing your own innovation.

Graduation
In the last semester of your studies, you’ll start your graduation project. Again, you’ll work and study in a company in the field of Mechanical Engineering on a topic that sparks your interest. The assignments needs to be related to your specialisation semester. During this final semester, you’ll write your bachelor thesis.

 

Related courses

In addition to Mechanical Engineering, Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers the technical programmes Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics.

More information about related courses

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

Costs

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

     

    Career opportunities

    With a Mechanical Engineering degree, you will have many opportunities in the future. As a mechanical engineer, you can work as a process engineer, project leader, system engineer, production engineer and much more at either engineering firms or research institutions.

    • As a process engineer, you design industrial systems for the gas sector or food sector.
    • As a sustainability project leader you devise technological solutions for reusing or storing energy.
    • A systems engineer will use the latest technologies for designing smart robots.
    • You might work as a technical buyer, working with the engineering team to ensure that projects will delivered on time.
    • An R&D medical engineer designes medical scanners and other devices, like prostheses, or even designing 3D implants.

    Of course, you can also continue your studies and pursue a master’s degree at a technical university after completing a pre-master.

     

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    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

    Application deadlines

    February intake September intake
    15 November 15 May

    Start your online application

    • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021 or February 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution Eindhoven
    Programme B Werktuigbouwkunde - Mechanical Engineering

    Deadline accomodation

    February intake September intake
    If you want us to arrange accomodation 15 December 15 June
    If you arrange accomodation yourself 15 August 15 January

    Do you have a question about your application?

    Send us an e-mail

     

    More about Mechanical Engineering (English)

    Right now we haven't planned new virtual open days. New dates will be planned later this year. We would like to keep you posted about new dates.

    Would you like to have a conversation with students of this programme? Are you curious about their experiences? What do they like most about the programme, what do they find difficult? What is it like to study in The Netherlands and at Fontys?

    Then sign up for 'Meet the student'. Our students are ready for you online!

    Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

    The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
    We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

    In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

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