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Mechanical Engineering, Department

Fakultät für Technik at the HS Pforzheim

Bereich Maschinenbau

  • Tiefenbronner Straße 65
  • 75175 Pforzheim
  • Phone: +49 7231 28-6051
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Basic information

Percentage of teaching by practitioners 15.0 %
Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's no data

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 11/14 points

Job market- and career-orientation

Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 93.5 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment no data


Third party funds per professor 82.9
Cooperative doctoral degrees (in three years) 1

Mechanical Engineering

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Further degree courses of the department none
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The Bachelor's degree courses are broadly structured. The first 3 semesters are identical and establish the basic mathematical and technical principles. As of the fourth semester, the application-specific subjects of Product Development or Production Engineering are added. After the practical semester (semester 5), there is a broad range of optional required subjects, many laboratories/exercises. There is continuous project work from the first to the sixth semester and in the sixth semester; there is a holistic design/production seminar where students practise team work, project management, independent work and presentation as well as working on practical tasks.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    There is an option supported by guidance to spend the practical semester abroad or to spend a study semester at a foreign partner school. Students are prepared in the first semesters for the English-speaking working environment through Technical English and in the later semesters through specialist lectures in English (2 are mandatory) prepared, e.g. Automotive Technology, Laser Material Processing.
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Excellent, state-of-the-art technical facilities: PC rooms with new computers and 22" flat panel displays; 3D printers for rapid prototypes; 5-axis CNC milling machine; Industrial robots for laser cutting and welding; Several handling robots, also with hexapod, including online programming places; Plastic injection moulding machine; Multiple tensile testing machines, up to 250 kN+climate; Scanning electron microscope; Climatic (test) chambers; Coordinate- and surface-measuring machine; Facilities for microscopes and foundry furnaces; Smart-based driving simulator. Bicycle test benches.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Several focal areas: Materials research, pooled in the Institute for Materials and Materials Technologies, e.g. metallic foams, alloy development. 3D metal printing. Manufacturing processes area, e.g. laser material processing, plastics, lightweight construction with fibre composites (winding robot). Operational stability and test bench technology for MTBs/racing bikes. Bicycle components are developed with the help of bionics. Federal Ministry of Education and Research-funded project for e-bikes riding dynamics and safety. There are doctorates being carried out in many projects.
  • Support for founders
    The Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences provides comprehensive support for students via the so-called "Gründerwerk" service, including through seminars, personal consulting, workshops with company founders, business model development, contact fairs etc.
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  • Further information about study entry phase
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(S)-Students' judgements  (F)-Facts  (P)-Professors' judgements
(ME)= Mechanical Engineering (IntDiscip)= very interdisciplinary and thus not classified;
As the ranking is done for the whole subject area, for the single "sub-subjects" it can happen that not all rank groups are represented in all criteria.
Last update 2022: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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