Applying theory in practice is crucial for two reasons. It helps you understand complex ideas and gives you valuable practical experience. That’s why already in the 1st year you start working on projects in small groups. For example, to understand the principles of construction, you work on creating a windmill, a wind-driven vehicle or a healthcare application. After that, you take it to the next level by working on more complex, real-life projects with an international dimension. This could involve a heat pump and thermal energy system design, industrial transport applications or machine redesign. And finally, you apply all your skills and knowledge during a work placement in the professional field.
Starting from your first year, you work in teams with other mechanical engineering students and students from other engineering domains. The first year gives you a solid foundation in the most important areas of mechanical engineering: constructional and energetic.
The 1st semester focuses on constructional design and the 2nd semester on energy systems.
Right from the start you apply what you’ve learned in individual and group projects.
In your 1st semester, you gain basic knowledge related to constructional engineering.
Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials
Materials Science and Engineering
3D Computer Aided Design
Practical Project Work, Workshop Production
The 2nd semester includes the focus on energy systems engineering.
Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics
Energy Systems Engineering
Sustainable Energy Techniques
Basics of Design Techniques
3D/2D Computer Aided Design
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
Introduction in Programmable Logic Controllers
Practical Energy Systems Project Work
In the second year you extend your knowledge and work on more complex, real-life projects with an external project owner.
Subjects in the 2nd year
Semester 1: Constructional Design in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Materials Science and Engineering
Design and Analysis Techniques, Fine Elements Method and Motion
Motors and Drives
PLC and Labview Programming
Law and Regulations
Semester 2: Energy Systems Design
Energy Systems, Heat pumps
Air Conditioning Techniques
Solar and Wind Energy
Computational Fluid Dynamics
In the 1st semester you do a mechanical engineering internship at an international company or a research institute. The goal is to develop your professional knowledge and skills, and to prepare you for a job in mechanical engineering. You work on a complex project on your own or with one other student. Naturally, it concerns a mechanical engineering subject. But because it’s a broad field, you have a range of options to choose from.
Semester 2: Production Facility Design
Business Economics, Profit and Loss, Cost Price Calculations, Investments
Return on Investment
Integral Design and Analysis, Modular Design
Design Techniques for a Production Facility
Smart Production, Internet of Things
Maintenance and Quality Control
In your 4th year, you complete a semester course of your choice, known as the minor. Your minor broadens your expertise in a facet of mechanical engineering. You can choose a minor at HAN or take it as an exchange course at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad. To learn more about mechanical engineering, we recommend the HAN minor Machine Design and Construction. This course teaches you to deal with highly complex problems. Problems that require your knowledge in various fields of application.
You also complete a 6-month graduation assignment for a company during your 4th year. This real-life assignment shows that you can work independently, use your project and research skills, use design techniques and possess the knowledge to produce a satisfying result. To conclude your mechanical engineering project, you write a report and give a presentation amongst professionals.
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