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General Mechanical Engineering

In the Diploma study programme General Mechanical Engineering, we offer you a coordinated curriculum comprising foundation knowledge and practice-oriented skills in the two fields of study

  • Mechanical Engineering / Design and
  • Technical Building Equipment (until matriculation 2017).

After a standard study period of 8 semesters, you will complete your studies culminating in a
Graduate Engineer (Diploma, FH).

Design drawing and machine elements

With the knowledge acquired during their studies, graduates can enjoy a number of application possibilities within the development and construction of investment and basic consumer goods as well as the production of machines, vehicles and technical facilities of all kinds; other areas include technical services, the engineering of technical equipment, technical management as well as the testing and issuance of expert opinions, respectively all areas of technical building equipment.

You are well placed to succeed in the industrial, research and service sectors.

Course of study

Temperature measurement on the shaft of a turbine

Studies begin each winter semester and can be completed during full-time study.
In full-time study, the first four semesters at the HTW Dresden are completed in the form of classroom and self-study. The fifth semester is a practical study semester, which is usually conducted outside the HTW Dresden at a suitable company. The sixth and seventh semesters are again completed at the HTW Dresden in the form of classroom and self-study. At the end of the eighth semester, the study programme is completed after the standard period of study. It mainly serves the preparation of the diploma thesis. 

Knowledge is imparted and skills are developed in lectures, practical exercises and during laboratory application.

The studies are modularised. The modules consist of self-contained learning units, each defined by learning objectives and described as competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities. Each module is assigned credits (credit points).

The credit system complies with the European Credit Transfer System  (ECTS). Credits are the quantitative measure of student workload. A credit usually corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours.

Foundation studies

Studies begin with the teaching of foundation engineering knowledge:

  • Mathematical-scientific and technical foundation subjects (Mathematics, Experimental Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Technical Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, etc.)
  • Engineering subjects (Design / CAD, Manufacturing Technology, Materials Science, Machine Elements, Statics, Strength Theory, etc.)


Before starting your studies, you will choose one of the two fields of study - Mechanical Engineering / Design or Technical Building Equipment. Specialising facilitates the learning process for the subject-specific foundations of the chosen field of study, e.g.

  • Mechanical Engineering / Design

        - Methodical Design  
        - Transmission Technology
        - Machine Dynamics
        - Machine Elements
        - Maintenance and Reliability
        - Electrical Machines 

  • Technical Building Equipment (until matriculation 2017)

        - Construction Design
        - Construction and Project Management
        - Sanitary Engineering
        - Air Conditioning Technology
        - Gas Technology
        - Heating Technology
        - Electrical Building Equipment
        - Planning of Technical Building Services

An extensive range of compulsory elective modules ensures the students adopt a professional focus best suited for a predominantly technical or organisational career path.

The specialisation is completed with the DIPLOMA EXAM, including the DIPLOMA thesis.

Last changed: 24.01.2019  |  Author: G. Naumann