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Vehicle Engineering

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

  • Automotive Technology and
  • Commercial Vehicle Technology.

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

Internship measurement vehicle

Internship in a measurement vehicle

The desire for mobility is intrinsic to man. The social necessity of adopting a global approach to thinking and acting can consequently be found in a strong vehicle industry and in a well-developed infrastructure. Studying Automotive Engineering at the HTW Dresden enables graduates to actively participate in this process.

The Diploma study programme comprises 8 semesters, during which the basics of Mechanical Engineering are taught during the first semesters. This includes subjects such as Design Theory, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science and Manufacturing Technology. At the beginning of the studies, however, emphasis is also placed on acquiring a good knowledge of the scientific fundamentals, and is supplemented by intensive training in Mathematics and Physics. The subject-specific training content incorporates these applications, which start in the fourth semester. Students are trained in the understanding of vehicle propulsion, chassis technology and Vehicle Mechatronics using a module-oriented approach.

Depending on their professional ambitions students can have until the fourth semester to decide on a field of study. There will only be a one-off training module for Automotive Technology, which on the one hand deals ostensibly with the technical characteristics of the car and, as a special feature of the training at the HTW Dresden, will also focus on Commercial Vehicle Technology on the other hand, with a focus on truck and bus content. The main topics are reflected in the specifics of the specialisation. For example, students in Commercial Vehicle Engineering are trained to acquire an extensive specialist knowledge in the field of frame construction as well as mobile hydraulics specifically designed for work machines.  

Measurement Vehicle Opel Movano

Measurement Vehicle Opel Movano

In addition to imparting this knowledge in the course of lectures and the application of scientific fundamentals in practical exercises, students in Vehicle Engineering also have to complete a very extensive laboratory internship. The latter enables the implementation of theoretical knowledge as well as learning practical applications.

Courses are held for both specialisations, which cover the subjects of expert appraisal and accident analysis. The successful completion of these subjects makes it easier for students to work in surveillance institutions and expert appraisal offices.

1 Commercial Vehicles Day

Students during the 1. Commercial Vehicles Day

In addition to the compulsory subjects listed in the study schedule, optional elective subjects are also on offer, which contain special subject-specific perspectives, established trends in the subject area, or specialisations that build on lectures already completed. Each student can select individual modules from the abundance of subjects of this kind, which best correspond to his future professional endeavours.

A component part of studies is the engineering internship during the fifth semester. During this period, students perform engineering-related tasks in companies in the automotive industry or in its peripheral industries. But if you wish to do so, you can also undertake an internship abroad, which will allow you to improve your language skills as well as get to know the country and its people better. 

In order to complete your University studies, the eighth semester involves writing a Diploma thesis. Students select the topic themselves and work to develop it when posted within the automotive industry, the supplier industry, at engineering firms or even at the University itself. If all requirements can be met as planned in time, graduates will be able to take on a responsible job involving the design, development or testing of vehicles after concluding their standard period of study. But employment after successfully completing a study programme in Vehicle Engineering can also involve working as a test engineer, as an technical expert or working within the technical management team of large companies.

Last changed: 21.08.2019  |  Author: H. Kühne