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

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:
1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.

  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:
1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.

  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

  • For students of Dutch nationality (with Dutch secondary school diploma):

    MBO 4-, HAVO- or VWO- diploma with Mathematics and Physics.

  • For students who are in possession of an :

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

Costs

Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperation’s with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords. Through such cooperation’s, Fontys can provide guidance in finding accommodation for the first semester or academic year at Fontys.

Costs of accommodation in the city of Eindhoven will vary between 450 and 650 Euro per month.

Click here for more detailed information about finding accommodation.

 

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.

 

Mechanical Engineering: Your future as an engineer!

Watch the video in which Mechanical Engineering students talk about how they see their future as engineers.

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
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)

Experience what it's like to study at Fontys. Meet our students and lecturers at our Virtual open days (online) or 'Meet us on Campus' in the Netherlands.

Online
17 nov 2021 18:00 - 19:00
47 spots available
During this online open day, you will learn more about the programme. You get information about which courses to expect and will tell current students about their experiences. There is also plenty of time to ask questions via chat. This will help you to get an idea of the programme.
Meet us on campus Mechanical Engineering | Eindhoven
27 nov 2021 10:00 - 16:00

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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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