LUT Mechanical Engineering - Modern and Innovative All-Rounder of Mechanical Engineering
LUT Mechanical Engineering is a hub of high-quality competence, experts and research in the field of engineering and metal technology, catering to the needs of science, business and society.
LUT Mechanical Engineering is an internationally renowned expert in mechanical and metal industry applications. The core competence involves digital design and production of innovative products, research of sustainable fibre based materials as well as development of welded metal structures for demanding applications.
LUT's expertise forms an entity that conforms to the product lifespan concept, where the design, material choices, manufacturability, assemblability, serviceability and reuse of the product are all considered interactively.
The whole is the key concept in modern mechanical production. Digitality and all of its manifestations represent a significant concept throughout the lifespan-oriented processes of LUT Mechanical Engineering.
LUT Mechanical Engineering works in close co-operation with other competence areas and schools at LUT. The Competence Area of Mechanical Engineering has close ties with local society, creating an excellent environment for research collaboration with businesses and other universities and research organizations. The interaction with business life is a response to the research and training needs of the business world.
The Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering produced by The Competence Area of Mechanical Engineering are internationally accredited education programmes that have the EUR-ACE and ASIIN quality accreditations. These guarantee high quality, international recognition and continuous development.
Laboratories of the competence area in Mechanical Engineering
The Competence Area in Mechanical Engineering includes three laboratories with nine professorships. These laboratories are:
- Laboratory of Sustainable Production in Mechanical Engineering
- Laboratory of Mechatronic System Design
- Laboratory of Welded Metal Structures.
The research fields of these three laboratories are based on the strategic spearheads of LUT. Correspondingly three MSc programmes in the competence area of Mechanical Engineering are named after these three laboratories.
Further on, each laboratory includes several research groups. The research groups of Production Engineering, Packaging Technology and Fibre Composites support the research work and studies for the Laboratory of Sustainable Production in Mechanical Engineering.
Similarly, the Laboratory of Mechatronic System Design utilizes the knowhow of the research groups of Machine Design, Machine Dynamics and Intelligent Machines. The research groups of Welding Technology, Steel Structures and Laser Materials Processing work for the Laboratory of Welded Metal Structures.
Educational co-operation with laboratories is in key role both in BSc and MSc programmes in Mechanical Engineering. During the BSc studies, laboratories are utilized for demonstrations and for constructing product prototypes. Students get their first impressions about different types of manufacturing processes and become familiar with ways to control robots or other mechatronic devices.
Students learn about sustainable material selections in the laboratories. To increase students' motivation during the first years of their BSc studies, they will also get a chance to test e.g. laser-based 3D-printing of metallic materials. MSc programmes in Mechanical Engineering utilize the research carried out in three mechanical engineering laboratories.