Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Management)

Bachelor of Engineering 

Study in a programme that combines the best of mechanical engineering and business management!

NEXT APPLICATION PERIOD: 5-19 January 2022

Degree programme: Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Management)
Degree title: Bachelor of Engineering
Duration: 240 ECTS, 4 years
Study mode: Full-time studies
Study place: Microkatu campus, Kuopio, Finland
Language: English
Annual intake: 30


The Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Management) programme aims to develop technology industry experts with a specialisation in industrial management. The degree programme qualifies engineers to work in high technology companies leading and managing international technology projects. The duties of an industrial management graduate fall within the fields of mechanical engineering and business management. For example, sales engineering, supply chain management, project management, business operations and other industrial related activities.

In addition to acquiring industrial engineering know-how, an important part of the programme focuses on developing an international competence, learning how to operate effectively in a variety of interpersonal networks, and cultivating communication, social, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. The goal is to educate high-quality team players instead of individual autonomous workers.

Programme Highlights

Multi Disciplinary Projects

Mechanical Engineering students participate in multi disciplinary projects along with students from the design and business fields in order to develop an innovative solution for a specific project.

3D printing laboratory

The 3D printing laboratory is one of the different laboratories in which Mechanical Engineering students get to both, apply strengthen the acquired knowledge.

Cooperation with companies

Students get the chance to work closely with local businesses in different courses along their studies.

Double degree programme

Mechanical Engineering students have the opportunity to complete a double degree in Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Internships

The programme includes 30 ECTS of practical training. During this time, students get to apply all of their acquired skills and knowledge in a specific firm.

Thesis

An opportunity to explore on a deeper level a topic of your interest. The thesis is also the last project to complete before graduation!

Focus areas

The ME programme focuses on two fields:

  • Mechanical engineering: Our mechanical engineering studies include manufacturing and material technologies, 3D modelling, electrical engineering, mechanics, and product design and development.
  • Industrial management: Our industrial management studies include entrepreneurship, management accounting, B2B marketing, procurement and purchasing, project management, and quality management.

Content of studies

Engineers need good basic skills and knowledge in mathematics, natural sciences, product design and development, and manufacturing technology. That is why these areas form the main content of the programme during the first and second year of studies. These areas provide a strong basis for the professional competences in Mechanical Engineering.

Industrial management studies provide students with a diverse knowledge of industrial processes such as business economics and supply chains. Project business management is a special emphasis in your studies. It covers the principles and methods of managing processes, projects and change. You will complete there studies during the third and fourth year.

Project working is also an integral part of the study methods in Mechanical Engineering. Engineering skills, including working life skills, are learned via projects. Good interpersonal and communication skills are required when someone is working on global projects involving people representing a wide range of nationalities and cultures. Managing different types of networks is also an essential skill for a future technology industry expert.

Programme structure

The degree consists of 240 ECTS. According to the curriculum, one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS, which is equivalent to 1600 hours of a student’s work load. The studies consist, among others, of contact lessons, distance and independent learning, e-learning, project work, and practical training. Research and development activities can be some part of your studies.

The detailed structure of your studies is as follows:

  • Basics of engineering 60 ECTS
    • Basics of production and product design
    • Basics of project planning and working in projects
    • Communication
    • Mathematics and natural sciences
    • Training
  • Applying engineering studies 60 ECTS
    • Production and product design
    • Mathematical skills development
    • R&D project and its challenges
    • Languages
    • Entrepreneurship and business
    • Training
  • Deepening the knowledge 60 ECTS
    • Project management and management tools
    • International business, sales and marketing
    • Quality management
    • Logistics and it sub-areas
    • Industrial based project and its management
    • Elective studies
    • Practical training
  • Applying lessons learnt 60 ECTS
    • Project management and control
    • Sales and marketing in an international environment
    • Supply chain management and networks
    • Elective studies
    • Thesis

Click here to access the full Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

Student selection

Information on 2022 application process and the basis of student selection will be published by the end of September 2021.

 

Thesis

The thesis at Savonia is always working life oriented. This gives you a good opportunity to network with professionals in your own field already during your studies. The thesis is often a flexible route to enter working life.

The subject choice, goal setting and implementation of the thesis reflect the interaction among the student, the university of applied sciences and the working life. As a student, you will show that you are able to recognise, evaluate and solve development challenges in the working life. The thesis will also show how fluently and professionally you can report and communicate about the thesis project, its contents and your own learning.

The thesis can be:

  1. A developmental project that is planned and implemented by a student, or a group of students, in order to answer users’ or customers’ needs. The object of development can be, for example, a product, a service, a process, a method, a learning material, a digital material or a guided activity.
  2. A research based project where a student, or a group of students, studies a practical problem or an object of development of their own field by using appropriate research methods.

Career possibilities

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will have a wide range of career opportunities. The studies include a diverse perspective on technology and business management which will give you a good background to work in demanding tasks.  Your studies, including practical training, will help you to find your own career path and professional interests.

Mechanical engineers are often employed to positions of experts and managers who are responsible for operational planning and development, and business management duties, for example, sales of technological products and services.

Mechanical engineers also find employment in public organisations, such as in city, state, and local government positions. Third sector organisations can also provide work for mechanical engineers.

Titles:

Possible job titles for mechanical engineers are:
• Project Engineer, Project Manager, Project Director
• Sales Engineer, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager
• Quality Engineer, Quality Coordinator, Quality Manager
• Purchasing Engineer, Purchasing Manager, Warehouse Manager
• Production Planner, Production Manager
• Installation Supervisor, Inspection Engineer
• Maintenance Engineer, Service Engineer, Foreman
• Development Engineer, Design Engineer, Patent Engineer
• Business Advisor, Consultant, CEO
• Trainer

Working life feedback

“As over 95 % of our Products are sold overseas and all the continents in the world, we see the co-operation with local schools, universities very important part of our future personnel development. We need all the time more local talent to our operations around the world. We have been establishing own support organizations strategically most important areas like North America, Latin America, South East Asia and Russia. It is important to hire local people, because they already understand the local culture and way of doing business in their area, in this process Savonia plays a key role for us and we want to commit and continue the fruitful co-operation we have already established with Savonia! Our kind of products have been developing rapidly in fields of digitalization for example and in servicing these modern machinery we have constant demand of new kind of talented engineers in designing and servicing the equipment around the world.”

  • Miika Eskelinen, Vice President / Junttan Oy

Internationality

Mechanical Engineering students study in a multicultural group. In addition to Finnish students, there are students from several other countries, so working in a global context becomes familiar to you already during your studies.

You are also warmly recommended to carry out an exchange period or a practical training period outside Finland. Students have, for example, an opportunity to complete a double degree in Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Altogether, Savonia UAS has international partner universities in more than 30 countries.

During your studies, you also have an opportunity to participate in a variety of international seminars, summer courses, and collaborative projects.

Cooperation

The technology industry is the most important business in the North Savonia region with its 1.7 billion euros revenue and about 800 million euros of exports each year. In the region, there are 9000 directly employed employees and 13500 employees who are employed indirectly in the technology industry. Many of the region’s businesses operate in international markets at the leading edge of their field of operation. Their core know-how is concentrated around commercial vehicles, such as state-of-the-art forestry equipment, mining and pile-driving machines, and in furnace and boiler technology in the field of energy technology.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DPME) cooperates with the region’s industrial enterprises while undertaking their research, development and innovation work. The businesses can participate in Savonia’s projects by partially funding the activities or they can directly purchase the different RDI services provided by the DPME’s experts.

The significant volume of functions demonstrates the fact that the RDI Unit of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has succeeded in identifying the current and future needs for development of the local businesses. With many of the businesses, the current cooperation can be described as a true partnership; for example, there are mutual benefits, continuity and varied actions. The internships, thesis and other project works conducted as part of the education represent the foundation for cooperation with these companies, but also the RDI projects are based on collaboration with the businesses.

Research

Savonia’s research and development work is shown to students in everyday life via the project and thesis work. Savonia has selected four areas of focus for education, and RDI. One of them, that is very important to Mechanical Engineering, is integrated product development. Research is undertaken in collaboration with enterprises and other organizations.

On the industrial management side, the focus is Engineering-Procurement-Construction projects (ECP), large delivery projects, as well as processes and supply chains.

Possibilities to continue studies after graduation

After having finished your Bachelor degree and having gained some work experience, it is possible for you to do a graduate degree, Master of Engineering. These degrees are usually completed when working and they take one to two years. The Master of Engineering degree gives the same qualification for public office as a Master of Sciences degree.

The UAS graduates can also apply directly to study for an academic university master degree (Master of Science). This study path is designed for those students who can study full-time. The studies will take approximately two years.

Language of instruction

The Mechanical Engineering programme is fully conducted in English.