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Bachelor's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering, Insinööri (AMK): 240 ECTS
Bachelor of Engineering

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Degree title and level

Bachelor of Engineering

Study objectives

The mechanical engineering programme at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences emphasises “smart machines and robotics”. The selected emphasis is manifested in both the programme content and the projects completed with employers and businesses (companies, municipalities and cities, institutes of higher education).

The programme provides you with methods, techniques, software and procedures for designing well-functioning and economical machine automation solutions. Workplace-oriented projects deepen your learning, carried out together with the commissioning organisation.

If you specialise in machine engineering, your Bachelor of Engineering degree will enable you to design and dimension the mechanical parts and the assembly of a machine or device. You will also be able to select a robotics solution for modern production or other needs.

If you specialise in electrification and automation, your Bachelor of Engineering degree will enable you to design and dimension the electrical parts and the assembly of a machine or device. You will also be able to select a robotics solution for modern production or other needs.

If you specialise in materials and manufacturing technology, your Bachelor of Engineering degree will enable you to know how to select suitable materials and economical manufacturing techniques for machines, devices and products.

Study contents

All students in the Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering study the same subjects for 1.5 years. During that time, you will learn about, among others, mechanical and automation design, materials and manufacturing technologies and robotics. You will also study mathematics and physics as well as foreign languages, communication and digital skills. After the initial studies, you can choose whether you want to specialise in machine automation or materials and manufacturing technology.

In the machine engineering specialisation, you will learn to design machines. You will also gain in-depth skills in the use and control of robots, since they are an essential aspect of modern-day production.

In the electrification and automation specialisation, you will learn to design automated machines and production automation. You will also gain in-depth skills in the use and control of robots, since they are an essential aspect of modern-day production.

In the specialisation of materials and manufacturing technology, you will deepen your competence in the features of materials and in manufacturing techniques.

Complementary competence includes resource planning, which is essential for a mechanical engineer. You can also include path studies, such as service design, circular economy or entrepreneurship, in the complementary competence.

An extensive project completed annually will be the common thread in the studies, enabling students to apply information they learned during the year. The topic of the project may, for example, be “an automatic device”, “robotics” or “a smart machine”. A student team of approximately eight people is set up for the project, and the team selects a project manager. At the beginning of the programme, the project is often assigned by teachers, but later projects will be assignments from companies.

Practice placements at companies are an important aspect of the programme. They enable you to familiarise yourself with a company’s/companies’ operating culture and provide you with valuable work experience. The thesis enables you to focus on a workplace-oriented topic, which is often a design or research task.

Structure of studies

Structure of studies, 240 ECTS

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Engineering programme at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences consists of core competence (180 ECTS) and complementary competence (60 ECTS). The core competence consists of the core competence shared by all Lahti University of Applied Sciences students (25 ECTS credits), professional core competence (110 ECTS credits) as well as practice (30 ECTS credits) and thesis (15 ECTS credits). Complementary competence can consist of engineering courses, multidisciplinary path studies or other competence supporting one’s professional growth. The curriculum is based on modules of 10–25 ECTS credits each. The modules are divided into courses of 3–5 ECTS each.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

Within the programme, you can specialise in machine automation or materials and manufacturing technology. You make the selection in the second year of study and draw up a personal study plan with your tutor.

More about the language of instruction

The programme language is Finnish. Some of the courses are delivered in English, and you can take examinations or complete an assignment or the thesis in English, if so agreed.

Thesis

The UAS Bachelor's degree includes an independent thesis project which carries 15 ECTS. The thesis will expand and deepen your professional competence and provide diverse skills to work in sector development tasks. The thesis will improve your information gathering and problem solving skills as well as sense-making. It also enables genuine interaction with working life, since the thesis is primarily drawn up as a working life assignment. The thesis can be completed as an individual, pair or group work and it includes a written report. At best, the thesis will be your stepping stone into working life.

Qualification

Graduates earn an engineer’s qualification, which equals the university degree of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. The programme duration is four years.

Internationalization

We offer our students diverse opportunities to gain international competence for working life. You will be able to complete part of your studies at our partner institutions around the world and complete practice periods in other countries. Our language course offering is designed to help you develop extensive and diverse language skills. English-language courses provide opportunities to network with students and teachers from different cultures.

Co-operation with other parties

The programme includes active cooperation with companies. These assignments, in particular, help students obtain an understanding of the workplace skills that are required in design work and resource planning.
The programme includes active cooperation with companies. These assignments, in particular, help students obtain an understanding of the workplace skills that are required in design work and resource planning.

Research focus

Your studies will incorporate workplace development tasks in cooperation with businesses and workplace organisations. Multidisciplinary workplace-oriented projects and a range of learning environments (student cooperatives, LimuRadio, SimulTi, Fumatec, Linkku, etc.) help you build strong contacts with employer organisations throughout your studies.

In the mechanical engineering research activities, “Smart machines and robotics” refer to the development of simulated machine functions, 3D modelling, 3D printing, production automation and robotics on both corporate projects and broader national and international projects.

Career opportunities

As a mechanical engineer, you will be working in industry or in an engineering agency. Typical tasks include, for example, mechanical engineer or automation engineer. You may also work as a production engineer, maintenance engineer or sales engineer, or become an entrepreneur.

Postrgraduate study opportunities

An UAS Bachelor of Engineering can pursue Master’s level studies in engineering at an institute of higher education after potential complementary studies (e.g. in mathematics). An UAS Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering can also pursue studies leading to a Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences after accumulating three years of professional experience in the field in question. The scope of the Master’s degree is 60 ECTS. At the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, a Master’s programme is available in the “Smart industry and new business concepts” or “Digital technologies” programmes.