- Autumn and spring semesters
- Three and a half years
- No admission restrictions
- Semester fee
The undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is divided into three specialization areas: Automation Engineering, Electronics and Information & Communications Technology. Students study the foundations of the discipline the first year and a half and then select a specialization area at the end of year two.
With the "GettING Started" study option, which increases the regular completion time of the course by another year, students receive support in their subjects and their performance is closely monitored.
About the Course
Our graduates possess the following key skills:
- Ability to prepare a scholarly paper
- Interdisciplinary problem solving skills
- Communication, ability to work in a team and a sense of responsibility
- Foundation for further training and lifelong learning
In addition to the subject related abilities and skills, graduates also learn what they need to know to be successful in their future careers. Besides a knowledge of core concepts this includes a great deal of practice in using subject specific and interdisciplinary methods through key qualification modules, problem oriented learning and practical projects.
For students of all specializations in the undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, there are laboratory sessions in which they receive practical training of the theoretical aspects learned in lectures. The transition from life as a student to a career is facilitated by a practical semester in which students typically complete an internship at a company and have the opportunity to work on a project relevant for the topic of their final thesis.
The goal of the automation engineering specialization is to teach students the skills they need to independently automate the technical processes used in processing and drive technology, industrial scale manufacturing, traffic engineering and energy supply.
Students specializing in electronics learn the skills they need to independently design and implement components and customer specific assemblies (such as ASICs) for systems used in energy and automation engineering and in information technology. In the future nanotechnology will play a key role in these tasks.
Information & Communications Technology
Students specializing in information & communications technology acquire the skills they need to independently design, implement and maintain products and processes used in information technology as well as complex communications systems. This includes the collection, storage and processing or digital information, the transmission of large amounts of data via local or global communications networks as well as the compression of digital signals for the optimum use of transmission capacities.
You can find the complete curriculum in the course description on the corresponding German page or in the course guidelines. Module descriptions are provided in the module catalogue.
Before the beginning of the semester THM offers one-week preparatory courses in subjects like Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Programming for new students who would like to brush up on their previous knowledge and fill in the gaps. A fee is charged for preparatory courses and students must register to take them.
The prerequisite for automated processes is a perfectly coordinated interplay of all components in a system. To ensure this type of perfection, engineers require a solid knowledge of mechatronics and electronics and especially knowledge of metrology, control technology, feedback control and process control. Moreover virtual commissioning and simulation are becoming increasingly important. For that reason students also acquire knowledge of modern operating systems and programming languages.
Electronics at THM focuses on the development and manufacture of electronic devices. A device with a silicon chip for instance is developed by means of a circuit diagram and its simulation on the computer, the layout and the automatic placement of the circuit board. Students learn how to follow standards and guidelines when developing devices. In addition they learn about analogue, digital and microcomputer technology.
Information & Communications Technology
Students acquire knowledge of the mathematics, natural sciences and engineering relevant for electrical engineering, computer science and digital technology. They also learn about communications systems, transition, signal processing, high-frequency technology and radio technology.
Automated systems can be found in just about all technical fields today, as for instance in manufacturing, in the operation of power stations and in traffic management systems. Automation engineers plan, develop and are in charge of increasingly complex systems. Their duties range from processing orders to project management in manufacturing to assembly, commissioning and maintenance of systems and facilities.
Mobile phone, laptop computers, GPS - these are all devices we use every day without stopping to think that they are filled with compact, high tech electronics developed by engineers. Students specializing in this area learn how electronic devices and components are developed and the demands that are placed on them. Graduates can find careers in development and design, in microsystem technology, metrology and testing, semiconductor and hybrid technology and in services and maintenance.
Information & Communications Technology
Information and communications technology engineers deal with the transmission, storage and processing of data as well as message routing. They design, implement and operate complex information and communication systems, data networks and other products used in information technology. Graduates can find employment in the electronics and IT industry, at network operators, radio and television broadcasting companies and manufacturers of components and devices used in information technology as well as in engineering consulting offices involved in technical planning.
The chances of quickly finding a career entry position after graduation are excellent and the pay is above average. Current studies carried out by the "Zentralverband der Elektrotechnik- und Elektroindustrie" (abbreviated ZVEI = Association of Electrical Engineering and the Electrical Industry) and the "Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik" (abbreviated VDE = Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology) demonstrate that over the next few years, there will not be enough electrical and IT engineers in Germany to meet market demands due to the increasing importance of electrical engineering.
Career starts for electrical engineers range from research and development to commissioning, maintenance, project and quality management to sales. Job duties are numerous since optimum solutions for current technical challenges would not be possible without the help of electrical and IT engineers:
- Automation engineering (robotics, industry 4.0)
- Automotive (electric mobility, autonomous driving, car-to-X)
- Electronics (micro- and nanoelectronics, smart devices, energy efficient systems, highly integrated computer systems)
- Electrical energy engineering (regenerative energy, smart grids, energy storage)
- Information and communication engineering (telecommunications, optical data transmission, the internet of things, mobile radio)
In general, electrical and IT engineering graduates can expect to find well-paid jobs in a wide variety of industries with a wide variety of duties. The department has a list of current vacancies.
Automation Engineering – something to do with robots and assembly lines?
When I first started studying, the term 'automation engineering' didn't mean a whole lot to me. I decided to take it but didn't know what it really meant. It wasn't until I took the Control and Feedback Control lectures that I understood the concept. Before that I had the vague idea that automation engineering had "something to do with robots and assembly lines".
In the control technology lecture I learned what automation really means as well as the duties and opportunities automation engineers have.
Automation means that a process is automated in such a way that it can be repeated in an identical fashion over and over again. As an automation engineer you not only have to deal with the implementation of a single process but also how this process is integrated into an entire system, because most of the time there are other processes that have something to do with or operate simultaneously with the one you're working on.
To control automation systems and process control systems, knowing about control technology is important. Students also acquire an indispensable knowledge of actuators and sensors in the Electrical Machines, Metrology and Sensor Technology lectures.
I am satisfied with the choice I have made since I have already realized during the course that I will be marketable in many areas of electrical engineering. I think I would like to work as a developer in a project group dealing with automation in manufacturing.
From the very beginning think about the skills you would like to have as an engineer when you graduate. That's the only way you will be able to develop the skill set you wish to achieve.
I began my degree course at THM because I was interested in the subject. As long as I can remember I have had a strong interest in electrical engineering, programming and automation technology. It is fascinating to me to know that, starting with a hand full of electronic components and some ingenuity, you can develop a system that will make other people's jobs a lot easier.
After finishing my undergraduate degree I began a postgraduate course in electrical engineering and information technology and graduated in 2016. Even while I was working on my master's thesis I kept a lookout for exciting vacancies. I was interviewed by a few companies, and some went well, while other didn't go so well. Ultimately I was able to find a good job that is fun and pays well. Not only that, I could start work there right after completing my master's thesis.
I am now a software developer at Schunk Sonosystems in Wettenberg where I design graphical user interfaces using the programming language C++. I also develop software for fully automated ultrasonic welding machines.
Even as a student I was a member of M.A.M.U.T. Robotics and my advice to students is this: From the very beginning think about the skills you would like to have as an engineer when you graduate. That's the only way you will be able to develop the skill set you wish to achieve.
|Degree||Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)|
|Duration||Three and a half years (7 semesters)|
|Accredited by ASIIN Düsseldorf|
also available as the:
+ "GettING Started" option
|Language of instruction||German|
|Subsequent postgraduate course||Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.)|
How to apply
|Admission procedure for international students||You can find out how to apply at the International Office page.|