In our Bachelor's degree mechanical engineering students have to complete an internship of 12 weeks, which they have to prove before they registrate for the bachelor's thesis. We recommend to do at least 8 weeks of an internship before you start your studies. The training period has to enclose at least three of the following fields of work (2 weeks each):
- Development / construction
- Manufacturing and production planning and production control
- Cut manufacturing methods (e.g.: Sawing, filing, reaming, bumping, etc.)
- No-cut manufacturing method (prototypes, transforming, eroding, coating, hardening, glowing, adding (however, no assembling!))
- Company of machines and constructions
- Servicing and maintenance
- Quality assurance
- Technical purchase / procurement, technical distribution
We also recommend completing a part of your internship abroad, as it will allow you to be prepared for future demands on global, international markets. The International Office provides information on financial support for training periods abroad. After finishing your internship, you will be handed out a certificate for approval. Furthermore, you have to write working reports about your tasks and activities during the whole training period. For one week you should at least be able to write about one page.
Graduates of the bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the university of Paderborn do not need to prove any other practical work experience in order to do their master degree. Internships from other already concluded courses of studies can be credited at the trainee's office.