National economy is based on a continuous exchange of goods and services, where the development of products plays a central role, mainly in the manufacturing industry, but also in the services sector. Skills and qualifications in product development, dimensioning, design, production, distribution, recycling and energy use are in demand in a number of areas of the labour market, both in Sweden and abroad.
Mechanical engineering is the subject of choice for those who are creative and interested in problem solving, and who want to develop and improve products with a view to contributing to sustainable development and a better environment. As a graduate in mechanical engineering, students have broad basic knowledge and specialised knowledge in a particular area, allowing them to enter into a wide range of professions and shape the society of the future.
The first three years of the degree programme are spent on basic studies in mathematics, science and engineering in order to provide a broad foundation. This is followed by two years of advanced studies in one of the areas of specialisation described below, other elective courses and a degree project. Students in mechanical engineering can also choose to complete their studies by taking the LTH specialisation Technology Management. The mechanical engineering programme is designed to encourage good fellowship, identity and meaningful learning. The programme is characterised by mutual respect, where students and teachers place high demands on each other in an open dialogue.
Combustion and flow dynamics - provides knowledge and skills on the phenomena and components of thermal systems employing heat exchange, flow and combustion. Advanced computerised tools are used to plan and design components and systems.
Energy - gives knowledge on plants for the transformation of energy, including components such as power plants, and steam and gas turbines, as well as the skills required to use advanced computational tools. Environmental aspects are integrated at all stages, from the improvement of combustion with low emissions, to sustainable energy use.
Engineering modelling - involves advanced calculations of the strength of materials and structural dynamics that can give answers to questions such as, ”Why did the World Trade Center collapse?”, or “How can we make lighter cars with better strength to withstand collisions?”. Developments in this field have contributed significantly to the technical developments in, for example, the automobile industry, where advanced modelling is used to simulate crashes.
Logistics and production economics - provides students with the tools to make processes involving materials, information and payment within and between companies more efficient. Logisticians can work in areas from purchasing to distribution, as a company employee or as a consultant, nationally and internationally.
Mechatronics - is an area of specialisation that combines subjects such as machine design, electronics and advanced computer control. How is the motor controlled in a modern camera, or a robot for the disabled? How does one design an automatic lawnmower or the electrical system in a car? A mechatronics engineer makes use of competence in various fields and can therefore create new, “smart” products with high control performance.
Product development - is a suitable area of specialisation for those wishing to become designers, a role that is both dynamic and exciting. A product developer is engaged in both the design and dimensioning of products based on the customer’s requirements, whether it be a completely new product or the redesign of an existing concept to improve its performance. This kind of work is often carried out in a team comprising experts from different fields.
Production - covers manufacturing techniques, the design of production systems and automation, materials technology, economic control and production management. This area of specialisation provides students with the knowledge required to improve the competitiveness of a company and to manage production at national or international level.
Vehicles - provides advanced knowledge in the development of tomorrow’s cars and trucks in an effort to achieve society’s goals regarding sustainable development. This area of specialisation provides students with knowledge on fuels and methods of propulsion, the functional and aesthetic uses of new materials, and the dimensioning and design of the systems and components that together make up a vehicle.