The Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Management) programme aims to develop technology industry experts with a specialisation in industrial management. The degree programme qualifies engineers to work in high technology companies leading and managing international technology projects. The duties of an industrial management graduate fall within the fields of mechanical engineering and business management. For example, sales engineering, supply chain management, project management, business operations and other industrial related activities.
The main subject is industrial management, and in particular, project management and networks. However, there are no two identical industrial engineers as they get their degrees. The student's interests and choices create a unique competence profile.
When you are in the early stages of your studies you will make your own study plan. Previous degrees and acquired competencies can often be taken into account and compensate the studies so that the completion time can be shortened.
The student can complete her / his individual study plan with 15 credits of studies supporting the education profession she/he has chosen. In addition, students have the benefit of an extensive international partner university network.
The thesis is 15 credits. The work will take place in the fourth year of study. This engineering work is usually done for and within a company. Students should find a topic from a company that one is interested in as a potential future employer. In many cases, the thesis leads to a job in this company or another similar company. The thesis topic could and should start being asked about after the third year of studies. Engineering work and the thesis are done in the fourth year of study usually in the spring term.
Finns and Finnish immigrants and a number of different nationalities have studied in this programme. The student of this programme is recommended to carry out an exchange or training also somewhere other than in Finland. Students have the opportunity to complete a double degree in Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
The programme and Savonia University of Applied Sciences has a variety of seminars and international summer courses, collaborative projects, and linguistic and cultural diversity training. Savonia University of Applied Sciences has foreign university partners in more than 30 countries.
The technology industry is the most important business in the North Savo region with its 1.9 billion euros annual revenue and 10 000 directly employed employees (2012). Many of the region’s businesses operate in international markets at the leading edge of their field of operation. Their core know-how is concentrated around commercial vehicles, such as state-of-the-art forestry equipment, mining and pile-driving machines, and furnace and boiler technology in the field of energy technology.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering co-operates with the region’s industrial enterprises while undertaking their research, development and innovation work. The businesses can participate in Savonia’s projects by partially funding the activities or they can directly purchase the different R.D.I. services provided by the D.P.M.E.’s experts.
The significant volume of functions demonstrates the fact that the R.D.I. Unit of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has succeeded in identifying the current and future needs for the development of the local businesses. With many of the businesses, the current co-operation can be described as a true partnership; i.e. there are mutual benefits, continuity and varied actions. The internships, thesis and other project works conducted as part of the education represent the foundation for co-operation with these companies, but also the R.D.I. projects are based on collaboration with the businesses.
The Savonia University of Applied Sciences research and development work shows students in everyday life via the project and thesis work. Savonia has selected four areas of focus for education and research, development, and innovation (R.D.I.). One of them is integrated product development. Research is undertaken in collaboration with enterprises and other organizations.
On the industrial management side, the focus is E.C.P. (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) projects, or large delivery projects, as well as processes and supply chains.
The whole programme will be conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Finnish language skills are not learned only in Finnish lessons but may also be learned in other courses. This way a student can have better possibilities to get employment in Finland.