Abstract Mechanical Engineering

Three year degree course with graduation to Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) Mechanical Engineering. In every year there are two theory blocks of twelve weeks at the ASW. In the remaining time the students gain practical experiences in the cooperating training company. The tuition fees are paid by the training company. Usually the students receive an education compensation.

For taking up any study at the ASW the formal requirement is the general university entrance qualification, the technical college entrance qualification or a successful master craftsman examination. More details concerning the admission you will find here.

Mechanical Engineering Production degree course (Bachelor of Engineering)

Several annual intakes of highly successful graduates of the Mechanical Engineering degree course in industry speak favourably for the scientifically well-founded and at the same time practically oriented study of mechanical engineering at ASW.

The increasing numbers of students are impressively verifying the acceptance of the engineer training at ASW in industry.

Objective of the degree course  

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering degree course is to train engineers within the three years who as well as the  theoretical know-how also obtain a high level of knowledge from the industrial practice.

The dual or two-track training concept of a university for cooperative education is ideally suited for this purpose.

The students are in the company and participate in specific projects for half the time. During the other half of the time, they acquire the competences at the University of Cooperative Education that they need for the tasks of an engineer.

After the three years of study, the graduates have the necessary mechanical engineering knowledge as well as basic professional experience that cannot be obtained in this specific form in any other course of studies.


The imparted study contents in the theoretical phases are shown in the "Course Contents" illustration below.

The basic subjects are taught in the first two years of the course that are then supplemented in the main course by manufacturing and production-oriented subjects. The transfer of key qualifications listed under the title "Work methods and management techniques" that, as well as foreign languages, are an important foundation for modern engineers for professional success represents an important supplement in this degree course.

The dual concept of ASW – Berufsakademie Saarland is supported by the project work performed in the practical phases that enables the transfer of the knowledge gained in the theory phases to the business practice.

Basic knowledgeAdvanced knowledgeInterdisciplinary competences
Mathematics Production technology Technical English
Statics / strength of materials Production systems Working methods and management techniques
Dynamics Machine tools Learning techniques
Design Flexible manufacturing systems Moderation techniques
Machine elements applied business administration, production planning and control Conflict management
Electrical engineering Automation technology Visualisation
Materials science Ergonomics Management techniques
Technical physics Quality Management Process-oriented thinking, CIP, Kaizen
Thermodynamics Personnel management Project management

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Lecturers from universities and from practical professional experience are recruited for teaching the course contents at the ASW University of Cooperative Education.

This differentiated teaching staff guarantees both current practical experience as well as scientific reference in the teaching sessions. The intensive support by the course management promotes the study success. The use of contemporary learning methods promotes the students' own activity and extends the qualification profile.

Structure and sequence

Practical experience and training companies

The students are permanent employees of one of the training companies at the University of Cooperative Education during their three year study period.

The students are in the company for half the time and participate in specific projects. In the remaining time, they obtain the knowledge at the University of Cooperative Education that they need for the tasks of an industrial engineer.

The following illustration shows the alternation of theory and practical phases within the three years training period.

Block phases in Mechanical Engineering degree course
Year Block phases
1 Practical block Theory block Theory block Practical block
2 Theory block Theory block Practical block Practical block
3 Theory block Practical block Theory block Practical block
September November March June
Block length = 12 weeks in each case

Training Schedule

The timelines and the contents of the practical training are roughly specified in the training schedule.            

Approval and application procedure      

The prerequisite for any study at the University of Cooperative Education is acquisition of a general university entrance qualification, technical college entrance qualification or a successful master craftsman examination. Further training equivalent to a master craftsman examination as well as 3 years of professional experience after 2 years of training with passing of an admission test are also acceptable.

Whoever would like to study at ASW has to apply to a training company for a study place with reference to the appropriate field of study.             

Completion of the study      

Examinations are taken at the end of the theory blocks in the modules that are compiled as module grades.
During the study, a six-week practical paper is written in the fifth practical block and the Bachelor's thesis is written in the sixth practical block.

After successful completion of the three year degree course, the student is awarded the professional title Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Mechanical Engineering.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Metz

Managing Director & Head of Engineering-Studies


Tel. +49(0) 68 21 / 9 83 90 - 0