Why study mechanical engineering or safety technology in Wuppertal?

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology and the Association of German Engineers (VDI) Bergischer Bezirksverein jointly promote studies at the Bergische Universität.

(from left to right): Lilian Abu Dalou, Ebru Cetin and Nadia Friedrich © VDI Bergischer Bezirksverein

According to the Bergisch Land mechanical engineering network, more than 13 percent of all industrial jobs in the Bergisch urban triangle – Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid – are in mechanical engineering. While new registrations for the subjects mechanical engineering and safety technology have always been stable in recent years, the number of beginners has now also decreased significantly at the University of Wuppertal. The nationwide decline and the associated concern about the shortage of skilled labor is confirmed by the Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA).

Against this background, a joint initiative was formed by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) Bergischer Bezirksverein and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology. For a couple of weeks now, the students have been sent to the schools as so-called study ambassadors to inform the young people there about the two subjects. A key issue is also to get more women interested in these topics.

The most recent employment took place on Wednesday 27 April 2022 at Haspel University College. 40 students listened attentively to the lecture by Nadia Friedrich, Ebru Cetin and Lilian Abu Dalou, who study the topics presented themselves.

Flexible studies in a family environment

Construction, mechatronics, occupational safety or environmental protection – the latter responsibilities after studying mechanical engineering or safety technology are different. Student Nadia Friedrich emphasized a unique selling point at the Bergische Universität: “Unlike other universities, no specialization is required when starting your studies in the Wuppertal. This can be chosen during the course of study.”

All three presenters also highlighted the extensive help and support offered by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, for example to refresh mathematical knowledge and the family atmosphere within the subjects. Lilian Abu Dalou also reported on the good relationship between students and staff at the faculty: “Readers and students know each other by name, it’s easy to make contacts.” She also emphasized the excellent infrastructure at the university: “In the laboratories on the On Grifflenberg main campus, which we as mechanical engineers have at our disposal, we can draw on extensive technical equipment, which includes eg 3D printers or industrial robots, so we can work on our projects on a practice-oriented way. ”

“Students have a wide range of courses to choose from at the Bergische Universität. This involves, for example, studying security engineering and specializing in a master’s degree in quality engineering or process technology. In addition, the university offers the opportunity for a double study program in the bachelor’s program, «adds study ambassador Ebru Cetin.

Close contact with the economy and with local companies

There are also close contacts to businesses and companies. “The relationship between students and industrial companies is really good here. Many of our students already work in companies in the region in parallel with their studies. Member companies of the mechanical engineering network Bergisch Land even give the lecture ‘Special Machine Construction’ at our university. In this way, our graduates are better equipped for special machine construction and direct contact with companies is established at an early stage. It has great benefits for both sides, “says Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gust. Students can also test their skills in practice at the Bergische Universität – for example with the Green Lion Racing Team, as Friedrich explained: “With the Racing Team you develop your own race car and participate in an international design competition. Not only will you gain valuable experience, you can also impress future employers with your commitment. ”

The performance at the vocational college was rounded off with a lecture by the Central Student Counseling (ZSB), which dealt with the topics such as student finance and university admission qualifications and “unibags” for students with comprehensive information about, among other things. the subjects.

The next school visit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology is planned for 21 June 2022 at Städt. Gymnasium Sedanstrasse. “Schools in the Bergisch town triangle and beyond can contact us if they are interested in a lecture we would like to come by,” says Ebru Cetin, who also coordinated the visit on the roll. Those interested can contact project coordinator Marco Kuhlmeier from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology.

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