Bachelor in Automotive Technology

General

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Program Description

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You love cars, trucks, mopeds, or motorsports and like to dive under a bonnet. You are intrigued about what is moving in the automotive world and follow the latest trends closely.

This training starts with a solid scientific basis that helps you understand how different types of vehicle systems operate. You will discover the latest technologies in the field of alternative propulsion systems and learn to understand the communication networks in and around the vehicle.

In your final year, you will be introduced to the technology of autonomous vehicles. You learn how to do business and apply all your technical knowledge in your graduation project, assigned by an automotive company. Ultimate work experience, double-check! With your wide-ranging technological expertise, you will be employed in no time. And thanks to this broad background, you can also work outside the automotive sector.

  • You have a general interest in cars, heavy-duty vehicles, motorcycles or motorsports?
  • You are constantly trailing the automotive world’s latest news?
  • You are keen on finding solutions for electrical and mechanical faults and you like to diagnose automotive systems?
  • You want to learn everything about internal combustion engines and all the current and future alternative drivetrain systems?
  • Choose one of our specialisation tracks and become a professional in the world of Trucks, Motorcycles or Motorsports.
  • We train you to become a future proof automotive specialist with an emphasis on the latest diagnosis techniques, new trending technologies, and management skills.

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Overview

Phase 1

During the first phase of the programme, we will focus on the basics of automotive technology. In the autumn semester, you will get to know all the different types of drivetrain and transmission configurations and in the spring semester, we will give you an in-depth look into how internal combustion engines work and how to diagnose them. During the Autolab sessions, you will get experience in servicing and general maintenance.

During our electricity courses, you will start to learn how sensors and the onboard electrical systems are structured. You will start to adopt a problem-solving attitude towards electronic faults and system failures.

Apart from the specific automotive topics, you will also get a broad basis of applied sciences throughout both semesters.

Every theoretical course is put into practice during laboratory sessions in our Automotive Technology Centre, where you will work on a wide range of vehicles and put your diagnosis skills to the test.

Phase 2

In the second phase of the programme, we will extend your knowledge of vehicle networks and onboard communication systems. In order to make you a future proof professional, we teach you how to work on electric and hybrid cars and to use the appropriate diagnostic tools.

On the mechanical side of the vehicle, we will focus on alternative fuel systems such as Hydrogen and compressed natural gas. During the engine management classes, you will tune an engine on our engine test bench to get the best compromise between efficiency and performance. In suspension and steering, you will get to know the possible configurations and their influence on the vehicle dynamics.

You can start to specialise in one of three automotive-related industries by choosing one of our specialisation tracks: Motorsport Engineering, Motorcycles and Motorbikes, Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Trucks. This way we introduce you to these subsectors of the automotive industry.

In the first semester, you will complete an In-company internship at an automotive dealership in which you will fulfill several roles to get to know all aspects such as the service, management, sales, parts, and warehousing, etc. 

Phase 3

In your final year, you will apply your knowledge of networks and in-vehicle communication to autonomous vehicles.

During automotive testing, you will learn how to dyno test a vehicle on our dynamometer test bench and to interpret the results of emission and performance tests.

We will sharpen your management skills and you will continue to specialize in one of the eligible tracks in which you enrolled during the second phase of the programme.

During the first semester, we organise an automotive experience tour alongside the biggest European car manufactures. We travel through Germany, Italy, and France to introduce you to the factories and automotive heritage of brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo.

Before graduating as a future proof Bachelor in Automotive Technology, you will have to conduct a bachelor thesis or participate in our Master Technician programme. During the final semester of your programme, you will work on a specific topic in collaboration with an automotive company or within our research and development team. In the end, proving your problem-solving skills to a jury of automotive specialists. If you are looking for an extra challenge, you can participate in our Formula Student team.

In practice

Throughout the practical laboratories, you will get a general understanding of all mechanical and electronic vehicle systems. You will apply what you have learned during the theoretical classes to the available vehicles and installations in our Automotive Technology Centre. Getting used to all common measurement tools is key.

Theory and practice go hand in hand throughout the Automotive Technology programme.

Thanks to our broad scale of industry partners and contacts with local dealers and OEM manufacturers we can offer a variety of internships and traineeships and immerse you in the automotive world of tomorrow.

Through our Master Technician programme, you will be able to choose to enroll in the training programme of BMW or Volvo during your final semester. This way you will graduate with both the Thomas More Bachelor in Automotive Technology degree and the BMW or Volvo Master technician Certificate. Doing so you will have enjoyed brand specific training throughout your automotive technology study programme.

Personal mentoring

Our teaching staff is easily approachable for questions during, before and after classes. They give you frequent feedback on your progress and will advise you on your future automotive career.

The study counselor will guide you in working out your individual study programme.

The care coördinator will help you when you are struggling with finding the right study attitude or planning.

Go international

During the second and third phase of the course, you can choose to study abroad and participate in Erasmus or another study exchange programme.

Both separate courses or your final bachelor thesis can be completed in an international context.

You can get an international experience at one of our partner institutes in France, Portugal, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany, etc.

Taking part in our Formula Student project, Formula Electric Belgium, or our Shell Eco-Marathon team will allow you to enjoy the international competitions.

Course

Phase 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Automotive IT 1
  • Drivetrain Technologies
  • Electricity basics
  • Mechanics
  • Autolab 1
  • Strength of materials
  • Automotive Electricity 1
  • Thermodynamics for automotive
  • Vehicle Electronics 1
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Autolab 2

Phase 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Fuel Systems and alternative fuels
  • Automotive Electricity 2
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • In-company Internship
  • Automotive IT 2
  • Vehicle Networks
  • Mechanical Automotive Systems
  • Vehicle Electronics 2
  • Engine Management
  • Materials and welding technology
  • Electric and Hybrid Drive Technologies
  • Chemical Processes
  • *Motorsport Engineering 1
  • *Motorcycles and Motorbikes 1
  • *Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Trucks 1

Phase 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Automotive Testing and Simulation
  • Expertise and Insurances
  • Automotive Management
  • *Motorsport Engineering 2
  • *Motorcycles and Motorbikes 2
  • *Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Trucks 2
  • Bachelor thesis / Internship
  • Master Technician Programme

Why choose Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology Centre

In our Automotive Technology Centre, you will find more than 20 vehicles of different brands and a wide range of test setups such as a 4 by 4 driven dynamometer, suspension and brakes test bench and engine test benches. We also have a variety of diagnostic tools available.

Master Technician Certificate

Most of the OEM car manufacturers require brand-specific training for you to be able to start working within a specific dealership/service centre. Through our Master Technician programme, you will be able to choose to follow the training programme of BMW or Volvo during your final semester.

Student projects

During your Automotive Technology programme, you will be able to participate in our Thomas More Eco-Drive Team or Formula Electric Belgium. Both are ambitious team projects in which our students build a vehicle that combines sustainable technologies with performance. You will be able to take part in the international Shell Eco-Marathon competition and the Formula Student competitions throughout Europe.

After Graduation

Ready for the job?

The automotive technology sector is currently recruiting massively both for after-sales functions as well as for pure technical profiles in the workshop. As a bachelor in Automotive Technology you can start a technical career in a variety of jobs:

  • Service advisor (OEM)
  • Automotive expert
  • Diagnostic specialist
  • Technical trainer OEM training programmes
  • Fleet management
  • Technical assistant in automotive R&D
  • Service manager
  • Workshop manager

Admissions

EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & Submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission.
  4. Register online.
  5. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Non-EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, pay the tuition fee for 1 semester.
  4. Receive digital registration certificate
  5. Apply for a student visa.
  6. Register online.
  7. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Immigration and visas in Belgium

  • Students coming from the European Economic Area, Monaco or Switzerland can enroll in an undergraduate degree programme in Belgium without a student visa.
  • All other students need to apply for a visa before coming to Belgium. You can apply at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country or in the country where you legally reside.

Do you have a question about student life at Thomas More? Who better to ask than our own students! Join one of our live webinars to learn everything you need to know to study abroad!

Last updated Nov 2020

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