Dual Studies in Mechanical Engineering at LEWA

In collaboration with the Cooperative State University in Horb, Germany, LEWA offers a bachelor's degree program in the field of Mechanical Engineering. The program consists of alternating practical periods at LEWA headquarters in Leonberg and theoretical studies at the university in Horb. The program ends after 6 semesters with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Practice and theory next to each other

Bachelor of Engineering dual studies program

Using their expertise in engineering science, holders of Bachelor of Engineering degrees design and build machines and systems for the most varied application areas. They independently work out goal-oriented, practical and economical solutions based on engineering science and using state-of-the-art technological knowledge.

Each semester of the dual studies program consists of two to three months of study in college and a subsequent practical phase at LEWA. Training during the practical, specialized phase builds upon the contents of the preceding theoretical phase so that the contents taught are explored in depth and added upon with a real-life focus.

The program ends after the sixth semester with the bachelor's thesis. The graduate will then be conferred the degree of Bachelor of Engineering. According to the law on higher education, this degree is equal to the degrees of universities and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule).

Opportunities for further professional development:

  • MBA program optional as extra-occupational study
  • Duration: 2 years (1.5 years if fast track by recognition of practical phases is possible)
  • Degree: e.g. Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Job offers in the Dual Study Program

Job TitleLocationDepartementLevel
Duales Studium Bachelor of Engineering (m/w/d) 2023 Leonberg / DeutschlandDual StudiesDual Studies

Course contents

  1st year 2nd year 3rd year
Theory of design Descriptive geometry, technical drawing, tolerances and fitting Design theory, connecting elements Rotational motion machine elements, bearings
Technical mechanics Basic concepts of structural engineering Friction, motion of a mass point, kinetics of a system of mass points, rigid body kinematics Rigid body kinetics, mechanical vibration, shock problems, relative movement
Material strength theory Tensile and compressive stresses, permissible stress and safety Bending stress, torsional stress, shear stress General stress and deformation state, stability problems, introduction to energy methods
Electrical engineering Basic concepts and laws, AC/DC circuits, capacitance and inductance Components and their basic circuits, fundamentals of metrology, electrical measurement  
Materials Metallic materials, alloying, iron-carbon alloy Non-ferrous metals, plastics, powder metallurgy materials, electrical engineering units  
Manufacturing technology Forming, cutting Conversion/reshaping Separating plate, joining, forming
Business administration     Basic knowledge of general business administration
Technical thermodynamics   1st and 2nd Law (heat, work, energy, etc.), ideal and real gases, maximum work  
CAD / CAM techniques     3D design, variant structures, basics of CNC machines programming

Practical phase contents

1st year

2nd year 3rd year
  • Learning basic skills and knowledge
  • Structure and organization of our company
  • Introduction to design and components of the PC/workstation operating system
  • Introduction to computer operation and utilization: application programs, more advanced programming languages, interfaces, collaboration on company-specific projects, company-specific focal points
  • Introduction to engineering work
  • Application of management knowledge
  • Technical documentation
  • Getting to know technical and operational processes
  • Department insights in selected areas, e.g. in development, manufacturing, quality control, sales
  • Independent working on project tasks in selected departments 
  • Developing a bachelor's thesis in a selected department

Requirements for our students

  • Internship at LEWA (September): General knowledge and introduction to the company, possibly a seminar in presentation technology and a preparatory math course
  • General or specialized secondary school diploma with good grades: We place special emphasis on the subjects of Mathematics, German, Physics, English and Technology
  • Ambition and motivation, punctuality and skill, creative inventiveness, willingness and ability to incorporate in new complex processes and developments in the technical field, familiarity with the PC, flexibility, independence, the ability to work in a team and commitment.

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