- Autumn and spring semesters
- Three and a half years
- No admission restrictions
- Semester fee
The sustainable supply of heat, electricity and fuels as well as the efficient use of energy by end users are among this century's most important concerns all over the world. Worldwide the energy sector is faced with the challenge of reducing energy consumption, further developing regenerative energy sources and combining renewable energy forms and fossil energy sources in an optimum way during the transition period. For this reason there is an increasing demand in the energy sector for well-trained energy engineers. The undergraduate course in Energy Systems offers a forward-looking degree allowing graduates to assume development, planning and management responsibility in a wide variety of companies in the energy and heating sector.
About the Course
The undergraduate course in Energy Systems provides graduates with the best qualifications needed for the profession. At the end of the interdisciplinary degree course, graduates earn the Bachelor of Engineering academic title.
The course in Energy Systems teaches students to recognize energy related engineering problems and use the appropriate scientific methods to solve these problems. As future engineers they are responsible for the development of sustainable engineering plans for the supply, distribution and use of energy. As experts in the field they take part in the public discourse about the future of power supply and develop sustainable solutions.
The course in Energy Systems encompasses a wide spectrum of core subjects in engineering and the natural sciences with a particular focus on mechanical engineering. From the end of the second year students can specialize in one of two specific fields offered in the department: Energy Systems Engineering or Building Automation Systems. Both specialization areas are application oriented and interdisciplinary, incorporating the traditional engineering disciplines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and civil engineering.
The entire course is essentially based on a professional education that is in step with actual practice. This orientation is supported by the following:
- Career oriented forms of testing: Project work in teams, preparation of project reports, presentations and colloquia
- Numerous practical laboratory sessions and field trips
- Research project cooperation between department institutes and companies
- Opportunities for students to work on projects carried out in the department institutes
- Internship semester at a company
- Preparation of final thesis based on work done at a company
The course in Energy Systems offers a wide spectrum of core subjects in engineering and the natural sciences with a particular focus on mechanical engineering. The regular time for completion is three and a half years, and students require 210to graduate.
In the final two years of the course, students can specialize in one of two areas offered in the department: Energy Systems Engineering or Building Automation Systems. Both specialization areas are application orientated and interdisciplinary, incorporating the traditional engineering disciplines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and civil engineering.
The Energy Systems Engineering and Building Automation Systems specialization areas deal with power supply for different areas of application. For this reason there are modules students in both take (such as heat transfer, combustible materials, refrigeration and regenerative energy systems) and specialist modules tailored to the selected field. For Building Automation Systems, these modules include heating & air-conditioning and building automation, and the Energy Systems Engineering specialization includes modules like power plant technology, reciprocating engines and thermal separation processes.
Since the modules are structured to guide students to their chosen specialization, students constantly pick up on the knowledge they've acquired, apply this to new questions and thus expand their knowledge base.
In addition, the subject offerings in the course are complemented by a wide variety of optional modules. Besides subject related lectures, interdisciplinary social skills (teamwork, interpersonal skills) are offered, which are increasingly expected in the profession. When selecting corresponding topics for project work, during the internship semester and for the final thesis, students can deepen their knowledge of the respective fields even more.
In this way the undergraduate course covers all essential aspects of modern energy engineering and allows students to design their course to meet their own individual interests and goals.
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.
Video clips on the course
In this video playlist you can watch interviews with students, lecturers and graduates of the Energy Systems course.
Have a look at our online picture gallery for some impressions of the degree course. There are pictures of typical situations in lectures and labs.
Energy systems engineering
Students specializing in energy systems engineering learn to view technical energy systems as a unified whole and to plan and operate these. In this context energy systems engineering concentrates on technologies and processes for energy supply using many different engineering systems.
Such a system can be a single machine used for the conversion of energy (like a block-type thermal power station, a heat pump or a solar thermal power unit), a single industrial plant or manufacturing firm or even a combination of these systems (e.g. a combination of block-type thermal power station and a biomass furnace supplies a manufacturing firm with heat, cooling energy and electricity).
Solving these kinds of energy supply tasks requires systematic thinking, the use of synergies, and finding the right balance of technical, economical and ecological aspects.
Building automation systems
Students specializing in building automation systems learn how to view buildings as a unified whole, plan and analyse these in terms of energy and information flows, optimize facilities and to carry out efficiency and ecological evaluations.
One of the best ways to achieve the greatest potential energy savings is by increasing a building's energy efficiency. Here there is the desire to have low operating costs while maintaining the comfort of living and working spaces.
People want their living room to be comfortably warm at the right time, the bedroom to be nice and cool, the blinds to open and close according to weather conditions or the time of day. They want their heater to benefit from solar power and possibly the heating system used to provide electricity. All kinds of buildings must be furnished with heating and/or air-conditioning systems, and harmful substances must be removed from the air in the rooms. In achieving these requirements, the interaction between the proper systems along with their usage and the seasonal effects of the environment must be considered.
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.
Energy engineers are now needed for both regional energy requirements and requirements all over the world, and they will also be in demand in the future. Due to the depleting fossil fuel sources and the transition to renewable energy sources, there is currently an increasing demand for well-trained energy engineers. For this reason, the undergraduate course in Energy Systems is not only widely accepted and well liked among university staff and students, but also by industry representatives. Since the entire supply chain all the way down to the energy use of the end user, a wide variety of career options await graduates of the course.
Examples include the planning of efficient facilities for power supply and supply lines, the analysis of complex facilities, and the development of special components for energy related facilities. They also accompany the construction, commissioning and operation of power supply facilities and supply lines or work as product managers or sales engineers for sophisticated engineering products used in energy and heating technology.
Graduates with good academic performance in their course can continue with a postgraduate course in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems with a special focus on Energy Systems. This course is also offered in the Mechanical Engineering department.
What are the career options for graduates of the course in Energy Systems?
- Planning of facilities and systems for power supply and supply lines
- Planning of complex systems for energy conversion and the transformation of other substances
- Analysis of current facilities, energy monitoring and troubleshooting
- Development of components for energy facilities
- Construction, commissioning and operation of energy facilities and supply lines
- Product management for sophisticated engineering products or services for energy and heating technology
- Sale of sophisticated products used in energy and heating technology
- Training programmes held at manufacturers of sophisticated components and system solutions for energy and heating technology
- Team leadership and managerial tasks in the industries mentioned below
What industries do graduates of the Energy Systems course typically work in?
- Companies involved in machine building and plant construction
- Engineering infrastructure departments of large industrial plants or manufacturing firms
- Operators of energy conversion facilities (power stations, heating plants, renewable energy facilities)
- Local and regional utilities companies (gas, water, district heating, electricity)
- Manufacturer of components and system solutions used in energy and heating technology
- Energy service provider
- Provider of engineering services (calculation, simulation, facility planning)
- Government agencies (Technical Inspection Association (TÜV), acquisitions)
|Degree||Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)|
|Duration||Three and a half years (7 semesters)|
|30 September 2022 by AQAS Cologne|
|Language of instruction||German|
|Subsequent postgraduate course||Energy Technology (M.Sc.)|
How to apply
|Admission procedure for international students||You can find out how to apply at the International Office page.|