Subject area Automotive Engineering

Courses of study and areas of specialization

Automotive Engineering aims at designing an ecologically sustainable mobility seamlessly across system boundaries:

  • which vehicle concepts match tomorrow´s mobility requirements?
  • which power train and energy storage system solutions do we need?
  • How are vehicles and power trains produced, and what are the production steps?
  • How will vehicle interiors change once digitalization and autonomous piloting become more widespread in tomorrow´s vehicles?

We look at these issues across all systems and – to use industry terms – from the perspective of an integration of vehicles and power trains.

The bachelor degree program has three parts:

  • Semester 1 through 4:
    Mandatory courses (modules) covering the basics of vehicle technology and engineering science
  • Semester 5 and 6:Specialization in one of the two areas of specialization: “vehicle body and interior” or “power train technology”, mandatory electives as per the area of specialization and an elective
  • Semester 7:
    practical project followed by the bachelor thesis

The area of specialization „vehicle body and interior” focuses on the

  • design and production of a lightweight vehicle body structure in steel, aluminum and CRP
  • importance of crash design and the functionality of occupant safety systems (e.g. airbags)
  • evolving development of the vehicle interior from a driver-centric layout to a lifestyle-oriented area

·         understanding that virtual reality in vehicle construction implies the command of virtual methods of simulation throughout all stages of vehicle design

The area of specialization “power train technology” focuses on

  • basics and the optimization of conventional power train technologies used in gasoline and diesel engines
  • concepts for electrical and hybrid vehicle drives including the resulting challenges
  • basics of alternative fuels and combustion engines
  • gear technology as an important element in fuel and emissions reduced operations of conventional and hybrid vehicles
  • basics and optimization of energy storage systems, electronics and gears