Technical Communication with Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Basics
The interdisciplinary Master degree program Technical Communication with the added second subject covering the basics of mechanical engineering combines liberal arts with an engineering education and training. Compared to other universities and colleges in Germany, RWTH Aachen places particular focus on interdisciplinarity and equal distribution of communication and engineering aspects in the technical communication degree program. It takes 4 semesters to complete the RWTH Aachen Master of Science degree. Students learn to reflect on complex scientific problems, to see the big picture with regard to subject-specific interrelationships, to quickly come to grips with new questions and issues, to map out solutions to problems and apply them on the basis of theories and models. The fact that the degree program is closely alligned to current research also means that it offers many perspectives for future practical applications. The Master's degree not only qualifies our graduates for professional work in executive positions, it can also lay the groundwork to a scientific career, particularly for those wanting to pursue a doctorate degree. The add-on subject of mechanical engineering basics allows students to continue their specialization begun during bachelor studies. At the beginning of their master's studies, students commit to one of the two professional fields from the bachelor's program and deepen existing expertise by taking continued specialized electives. During the course of their studies, students have the opportunity to take advantage of stays abroad, either with the help of exchange organizations or facilitated by collaborations with universities all over the world. Stays abroad should be planned in a timely fashion – approximately a year ahead of time – and only after consulting with departmental advisors as well as study abroad counselors.
The Technical Communication with Mechanical Engineering Master degree program consists of four semesters of studies. In the technical subject, 60 ECTS have to be earned by attending lectures and seminars. Due to the students ability to chose their own specialization for studies, the degree content in this Master degree program is highly individualized. At the beginning of their studies, every student has to choose their own individual degree program by consulting the module guidelines and then they have to have their schedule approved by the course of study advisor. One of the two specialization fields chosen during bachelor studies will have to be continued in the Master's program. Students take those modules in their chosen occupational field which they haven't completed during bachelor studies. Afterwards, they will have to complete further elective modules in the chosen field of specialization in order to deepen and expand their expertise and knowledge. Those occupational field modules can be selected from the catalogs listed in the curriculum.
Students typically write their Master's Thesis in Technical Communication. By request, students can also accomplish it in an interdisciplinary manner by combining their dual focus areas of Technical Communication and Mechanical Engineering. The allotted time frame for completing a Master's Thesis is five months, or, in the case of an empirical or experimental topic, six months.
An outline of the degree content is given in the curriculum, which you can find on the faculty overview page of courses of study.
Occupational Fields / Specializations
Production engineering deals with the manufacturing process of the most diverse range of products. This ranges from simple ketchup bottles to the most complex machine tools.
The program teaches processing methods, necessary machines, different testing methods and quality management systems, but also logistic and economic aspects.
Construction Technology deals with the development and construction of new products or the improvement of existing products. A decisive factor in this is an approach that relies on systematic and easily learnt methods. It is important to be able to take big and complex problems and subdivide them into smaller, more accessible units. Learning to use creative techniques, solution catalogs and other aids enables students to adequately solve problems in the areas of development and construction, which also qualifies them to work in almost any branch of industry later on.
The most important future tasks in energy engineering can be summarized in two key terms: conservation of resources and environmenal conservation. Both goals require the improvement of existing energy conversion processes, including the implemented apparatuses, machines, and the related energy system engineering. Simultaneously, the development of new energy conversion processes based on renewable energies are immediately needed, in order to make resources, that are increasingly running out, technically mature and to make economically feasible alternative available.
The task of chemical engineering is chemical change. With the help of chemical, physical, and biological process steps, natural base materials, intermediate or waste products, as well as agricultural products are transformed into other materials. These can be classical applications such as the filtration of ores, processing of crude oil or drinking water purification. New fields of application are the the cultivation of bacteria for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals or the transition of biomass into highly processed fuel and basic chemicals in almost all types of industrial branches, including, for instance, the life sciences, the automobile industry, and the food sector.
The goal of the plastics technology program is to enable engineering students to take the special characteristics of plastics and use them as best they can to solve problems wherever plastic materials have advantages over other materials. The chemistry and physics of polymers form the basis for working with plastics. They explain the substance behavior of plastics during processing and also in their application. Exact knowledge of the various processing techniques is the prerequisite when it comes to choosing the best production process with regard to feasibility and profitability.
The program focuses mainly on the development and the design of textile machines and new processes to manufacture all kinds of textiles. Spinning machines for cotton are just as much a part as are intelligent air jet weaving machines, synthetic fiber production and processing and processes to manufacture technical textiles for use in composites (with plastic, concrete) and the medical textiles.
This area of specialization deals with all variations an aspects of modes of transport and transport engineering, including automobiles, trains, material handling, as well as aircraft and spacecraft technology. Students are offered a comprehensive, inter- and multidisciplinary education in order to expand and advance engineering skills in the areas of mobility and transport.