Picture the products you use every day. You get up, take a hot shower (heat is also a product) get dressed, drink soft drinks, use furniture, mobile phones, a bike or a car. All of these are products you think are of good or poor quality, and have good or bad properties. However, there is one common feature: They are the result of systematic development work and advanced production processes.
Industry is rapidly changing and becoming global and knowledge-based. In order to meet challenges and succeed in this process, we need to continuously develop knowledge and technology. We have to educate people who can work in teams and handle the entire interaction between product development, production, materials technology, design, construction, energy and process technology, and operational techniques. Sustainable production and consumption are the main objectives of this development.
The programme in brief
Mechanical Engineering is a five-year long programme. During the first two years you will develop a profound theoretical grounding that includes the traditional scientific subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry, and subjects within mechanics such as statics, solidity studies, dynamics and fluid mechanics, just to mention a few. These theoretical studies provide the students with a foundation for further competence building and specialization.
Team work and cooperation in groups have gained increased focus both in industry and in educational institutions, resulting in parts of the education now consisting of problem or project-based learning. This involves students working in groups on specific problems, and the group as a unity is assessed. The group’s results as well as the cooperation are taken into consideration when awarding the grade.
Towards the end of the second year students choose their field of study. In the Mechanical Engineering programme, students may choose between four fields, or specializations. These are:
- Product Development and Materials Engineering
- Production and Quality Engineering
- Energy, Process and Flow Engineering
- Applied Mechanics
In addition, students may choose between the following interdepartmental courses:
- Industrial Mechanics
- Project Management
- Materials Technology
In the fourth year, preparations are made for the project paper which is written in the autumn semester of the fifth year, and the final master’s thesis, which is written in spring. In this way, the fourth year forms the foundation for the written work produced in the final year at NTNU. The options are numerous, and students may choose among many subjects which will be invaluable for the work carried out in the fifth year.
Use every brain cell and all your senses!
Teaching methods include lectures, practical work and group and project work. Problem-based learning is central to the teaching. In traditional engineering subjects where logic and analysis are central, you only stimulate the left cerebral hemisphere. But with problem-based learning, your right hemisphere will also be stimulated. In the Mechanical Engineering programme problem-based learning will account for a quarter of the learning activities. A good engineer uses all his senses when facing new problems!
What does the programme consist of?
Two departments, each equipped with work shops, computer labs and laboratories for their students. Each department teaches one specialization, and in addition they share the interdisciplinary speciailization Applied Mechanics .