Mechanical engineering studies give you a comprehensive overview of modern product design and production techniques. You will learn to utilise digital and virtual environments in design as well as take into account the principles of the entire product life cycle and circular economy. You will also understand business principles, marketing and customer needs in product development. As a mechanical engineer, you can design and manufacture a variety of consumer goods as well as machinery and equipment needed in industry.
Mechanical engineering is for you if you are inventive, creative and passionate about developing solutions that promote sustainable development and the respect for natural resources.
The Bachelor's Programme in Mechanical Engineering is a unique, international double degree programme developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Mechanical Engineering at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. You will complete the entire degree in Lappeenranta, Finland.
At the end of your studies, you will be able to build, measure and test a variety of sustainable technical solutions, both in practice and virtually.
LUT's mechanical engineering represents the cutting edge of industry. At LUT, you have a unique opportunity to implement modern robotics-based automation applications. For example, an ongoing project is developing artificial intelligence for work machines. With the help of power calculation, the machine can predict the future. With this "consciousness", the machine is able to select and execute as smooth and appropriate movements as possible in its work.
This diverse teaching in the programme provides great preparation for the international labor market. The technology industry is Finland's most important export sector and the machinery and metal industry its largest industry. Successful products in the machinery and metal industries include cruise ships, marine and power plant engines, elevators, cranes and hoists, electric and hybrid cars, and state-of-the-art commercial machines.
Degree structure and studies
The Bachelor's Programme in Mechanical Engineering is a three-year double degree programme. The programme leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 180 ECTS credits.
This programme is developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from both LUT and HEBUT after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. You will complete the entire degree in Lappeenranta, Finland.
The programme includes general, intermediate specialisation, minor, language and elective studies as well as a Bachelor's thesis at the end of the studies.
After completing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, you can continue your studies directly in the Master's programmes at LUT in the field of mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science and Technology (from 2023).
Studying in practice
After completing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, you can continue your studies directly in the Master's programmes at LUT in the field of mechanical engineering, Industrial Design Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
Studies in this Bachelor's programme will give you a comprehensive overview of modern product design and production techniques. The main themes of your studies are production technology, welded metal structures and mechatronics. In a mechatronic device, motion-based functions are controlled by electronics and information technology. For example, bottle return machines in stores work this way.
Teaching is based on the basic foundations of science, i.e., mathematics and physics, which are applied to solve various technical problems. The computer-assisted learning environment is modern and emphasises creativity as well as innovation.
You will learn to understand the physical operating principles of machines, i.e. the use of energy, the strength of materials, to know different materials, the most modern production systems and manufacturing methods. You will understand how different machine systems and manufacturing methods work and how and where they are used.
You will also study information technology, sales and marketing of the products you have developed, and design and production management, and become familiar with starting and designing a company. You can supplement your studies with minor studies from other LUT degree programmes and with opportunities for part-time work.
At LUT University, the teaching of mechanical engineering is modern, international and multidisciplinary. In addition to traditional lectures, several courses will acquaint you with the phenomena of mechanical engineering in concrete laboratory exercises, and you will also be able to make virtual models to support the understanding of phenomena.
A key part of the studies takes place using virtual modelling software. You can test and compare the operation and manufacture of machines and equipment on a screen before they are actually manufactured.
With the help of assignments, you will get acquainted with the design of machines, products and structures as well as various manufacturing methods, such as welding, cutting and sheet metal work, and compression and thermoforming of various composite materials. You can also put your creativity into practice: students have designed and manufactured mountain cars and energy-powered electric vehicles, among other things.
Teaching increasingly emphasises leadership and teamwork skills, project-based work and communication skills. For example, project work courses solve industry problems, and you participate in university research projects in collaboration with students from different degree programmes. Working in such a project work environment gives you the ability to reflect on and understand things on a broad scale, make decisions and manage entities.
There is a great demand in the labour market for mechanical engineering experts.
Mechanical engineering degree opens the door to a wide range of tasks: you can work in the metal or automotive industries, for example, but also in industries related to food, healthcare, energy production, transport or climate change mitigation.
You can work in management and expert positions, as a design or production engineer, or in the development of consumer goods, machinery, equipment and their parts. With a Master's degree in mechanical engineering one can also research and develop manufacturing methods and apply them to production.
Work may also involve training, research and marketing tasks, for example in industrial projects or in one's own company. Master's graduates in mechanical engineering have gone on to become:
- heads of virtual design firms
- design managers of international energy companies
- production managers of pulp and paper plants
- mechanical engineers
- quality control managers in the metal industry
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