- Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Name of the study programme: Mechanical Engineering (EUR-ACE®)
Degree title: Bachelor of Engineering
Extent of the study programme: 240 credits, 4 years
City: Kuopio, Finland
Mode of teaching: Full-time, on Campus
Study places: 30
Studies begin in the end of August 2020
World-wide Recognized Qualification EUR-ACE ®:
Mechanical Engineering in Savonia University of Applied Sciences was the first European Union accredited engineering programme in Finland in 2014. There are still just two other programmes in Finland having the same status. So the high level quality of teaching and operations are proved by the EU.
Mechanical Engineering studies lead to the title of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng, in Finnish: Insinööri (AMK)). With EUR-ACE status it qualifies students to apply for master degree programmes in the European Union. The EU qualification is recognized as a mark of quality all over the world.
The EUR-ACE evaluation is maintained by the organization called ENAEE. This is a European technology organization that evaluates programmes for engineers. The EUR-ACE status makes sure that the programme meets the quality standards of the European Union. Informally they are spoken of as European engineers. Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe.
I chose Savonia because I wanted to study something that I like, in the way that I like and somewhere where I feel great, says Amine Bouhadane. He comes from Morocco and he’s studying Mechanical engineering in Savonia. In Savonia I found an interesting study program based on practical work, less study hours and more activities.
Student selection of Mechanical Engineering is based on either the SAT test or the entrance exam:
An applicant must inform on the application if he / she will take the SAT test and / or participate the entrance exam. If an applicant is participating the entrance exam he / she must also inform where he / she will participate the entrance exam. All eligible applicants who have informed on the application form that they will participate the entrance exam, will get the invitation to the entrance by email. An applicant can participate to the student selection in both ways by taking the SAT test and the entrance exam.
Savonia UAS requires a minimum score of 400 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 400 from Mathematic. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. The SAT test result must be available at the Savonia UAS Admission Services by 8 April 2020. More information on SAT test.
The entrance exam in Shanghai China
The entrance exam in Shanghai China is arranged on 27 February 2020 and is common for Savonia UAS options Mechanical Engineering, Internet of Things and International Business. Structure of the entrance exam depends on which Savonia UAS options the applicant has applied to. Parts 1 and 2 are common for all applicants. In addition, part 3 is compulsory for applicants of Mechanical Engineering and Internet of Things, and part 4 is compulsory for applicants of International Business.
Structure of the entrance exam:
> If the applicant has applied to International Business, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2 and 4.
> If the applicant has applied to Mechanical Engineering or/and Internet of Things, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2 and 3.
> If the applicant has applied to International Business, Mechanical Engineering and Internet of Things, he/she will participate in the parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Applicants must pass all the parts of the exam in order to be selected for admission. Applicants scoring below the minimum points for any of the sections will fail the exam.
Savonia UAS is not co-operating with other UASs and therefore the result of the entrance exam is accepted only at Savonia UAS. Savonia UAS will not accept the entrance exam result of any other UAS.
The entrance exam in Finland
Students are selected based on a national foreign-language entrance examination for technology. All eligible applicants are invited to the entrance examinations. Invitations to the entrance examinations will be sent to the email address indicated in the application. A national entrance examination in the field of technology will be organised on 2 April 2020.
The entrance examination is a written three-hour examination. It measures study skills and suitability for the technology sector as well as English skills. Applicants shall prepare themselves for the entrance examination by getting to know the degree programme curriculum. The English-language test is mandatory for all, and it will be considered either approved or rejected. Only applicants completing the language test successfully may be selected. The test is common to all applicants regardless of their prior training. The use of calculators for the entrance examination is prohibited. The result of the entrance examination will be valid during the current application period. Applicants must obtain at least 10 points out of the maximum 40 points in the entrance examination.
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In the Eastern Finland there are very strong technology companies which have products that are well-known throughout the world. The degree programme of Mechanical Engineering educates experts to these companies of high technology, to lead and manage international technology projects. Mechanical Engineering is a diverse programme making it possible for a young expert to work in the fields of both mechanical engineering and industrial management.
A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering focuses on technological knowhow on product design and development and manufacturing technology. In addition, the studies concerning industrial management concentrate on project management, marketing, sales, business economics, procurement, supply chains, international business operations and quality management.
An important part of the programme is that students get familiar with operating effectively in a variety of interpersonal networks. Self-development, communication and interpersonal skills, organizational and social as well as international competence and problem-solving skills are essential skills for a mechanical engineer. The graduates of Mechanical Engineering will be skilled international team players.
When choosing Mechanical Engineering in Savonia UAS, you will be studying in English, in a multicultural group and you will have great opportunities to do your practical training as well as your thesis in an international context.
The Mechanical Engineering programme includes a specialization which is industrial management focusing, in particular, on project management and networks.
In addition to the courses included in the Mechanical Engineering programme, you can choose 15 ECTS from other studies available in Savonia UAS to support your professional development. Also, students have the benefit of an extensive international partner university network when considering their study options. Project works, practical training as well as thesis can be used for steering your professional development to the specialization you are interested in.
Content of Studies
Engineers need good basic skills and knowledge in mathematics and natural sciences, as well as in product design and development and manufacturing technology. That is why these are the main content of the programme during the first and second years of the studies, and they 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. These studies you will complete during the third and fourth year of your studies.
Project working is 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 engineering expert.
Structure of Studies
The programme consists of 240 ECTS. According to study plan, one study year is 60 ECTS which is approximately 1600 hours of student’s work. It includes contact lessons, distance and independent learning, e-learning, project working and practical training. R&D activities can be some part of your studies.
Basics of Engineering 60 ECTS
• Basics of production and product design
• Basics of project planning and working in projects
• Mathematics and natural sciences
Applying Engineering Studies 60 ECTS
• Production and product design
• Mathematical skills development
• R&D project and its challenges
• Entrepreneurship and Business
Creating the Knowledge 60 ECTS
• Project management and management tools
• International business, sales and marketing
• Quality Management
• Logistics and its sub-areas
• Industrial based project and its management
• Elective studies
• Practical training
Applying Lessons Learned 60 ECTS
• Project management and control
• Sales and marketing in an international environment
• Supply chain management and networks
• Elective studies
The thesis in Savonia UAS is always working life oriented. This gives you good opportunities to network 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 recognize, 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:
As a mechanical engineer (Bachelor of Engineering), 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, e.g. sales of technological products and services.
Mechanical engineers also find employment in public organizations, such as in city, state and local government positions. Third sector organizations can provide work for mechanical engineers, too.
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
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
Mechanical Engineering students study in a multicultural group. In addition to Finns, 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 e.g. 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 have an opportunity to participate in a variety of international seminars and summer courses as well as collaborative projects, too.
The technology industry is the most important business in the North Savo region with its 1.7 billion euros revenue and about 800 million euros of exports each year. In the region, there are 9 000 directly employed employees and 13 500 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 co-operates 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 co-operation can be described as a true partnership; i.e. 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 co-operation with these companies, but also the RDI projects are based on collaboration with the businesses.
EUR-ACE authorities praised active cooperation with companies. Students often make course practice work and development plans as part of the course for companies. The study plan includes a number of projects, many of which are a mandate of the company.
The Savonia University of Applied Sciences 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 research, development and innovation (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 ECP (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) projects, or 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). EUR-ACE will provide validity in the European Union area. This study path is designed for those students who can study full-time. The studies will take approximately two years.
The Mechanical Engineering programme will be conducted in English.