Electrical Engineering (B.ENG.)
The sustainable energy supply of our earth requires the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. On the one hand, renewable energy producers are connected to the electrical distribution networks in a decentralized manner; on the other hand, central generator parks that are far away (solar, wind, water) must also be connected to consumers / users via long electrical transmission systems. In addition, the energy storage systems play an increasingly important role in times when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. As an electrical engineer, you understand these topics and are able to develop technical solutions for the various tasks. The industry is also undergoing profound changes due to increasing digitalization, e.g. due to the increased use of electronic system modules for the self-control of systems. In order to be able to master this change, the industry is looking for well-trained engineers in the field of electrical engineering. Electrical engineers are in demand in numerous branches of industry, e.g. in the areas of digital factory, energy technology, vehicle technology, medical technology, robotics and communication technology. The course enables you to help shape change in the industry. With this degree, get yourself ready for this digital change and industries of the near future!
In this course you will first acquire in profound knowledge of general electrical engineering as well as the basics of electrical power engineering, mechatronics and computer science. Next, you will be taught about various electrical and electronic components. In addition, you will learn how to use the common tools and development environments in industry for construction, simulation and programming for the design of electrical and mechatronic systems. The course is characterized by a strong practical orientation with several project work and internships accompanying lectures. In addition to professional competence, you will also deal with social and methodological competence in order to further promote personality development and teamwork. In the course of your studies you can deepen various areas of electrical engineering. Fulfill your dream and become an expert in e.g. sustainable, renewable, electrical energy technology, robotics or Industry 4.0.
The degree in electrical engineering offers excellent conditions and development opportunities as a technical expert for the entire later professional life. You are also well prepared for management tasks. We want you to achieve optimal learning success in your electrical engineering studies at the Hof University of Applied Sciences from the first semester and always retain the motivation to achieve your goal. That is why we designed the course to be very practical and application-oriented. For example, you attend lectures-accompanying internships and exercises from the first semester and work independently or in teams on projects in the subject area of interest to you, e.g. robotics, electromobility, autonomous driving, renewable energies, electrical energy technology or Industry 4.0 from the fourth semester. Furthermore, as lecturers, we are on your hand with help and advice in order to promote you and to support you in the course of your studies - even in difficult situations. In the university ranking of the evaluation website studycheck, our university took 5th place in Germany in 2019. One of the reasons for this is the close personal contact with the professors. To make it even easier for you to start your studies, the Hof University of Applied Sciences offers preparatory courses in mathematics and physics in the week before the start of your studies. We look forward to you!
Video with impressions from the course
Possible specializations in the course
The industry is currently in the fourth revolution. It's called "Industry 4.0". This is characterized by the networking of machines, devices, sensors and people who communicate with each other and exchange information via the Internet of Things. Furthermore, the increasing digitalization of production means that the systems regulate themselves and can make decisions without human intervention. You simply give the factory a product request and the result is a finished product. During the course, you will first acquire a solid foundation in automation technology, i.e. the conventional control of production systems. You will then learn how to network the systems and develop software solutions so that an intelligent factory is created.
Energy technology and renewable energies
In the field of energy technology, there is currently a change from fossil energies, e.g. burning coal, to renewable energies, e.g. photovoltaics, wind, water, biomass. This change is necessary in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus protect the environment.
During your studies, you will first learn about various options for conventional and, above all, renewable energy generation. You will also know how energy transmission using power grids and switchgear, energy conversion with power electronic components and electrical machines, and energy storage, e.g. with batteries, work.
Robots are increasingly being used to relieve people of strenuous or time-consuming tasks. In production, for example, industrial robots are used to carry out assembly processes with heavy parts or very precise welding processes. Another example are autonomous vehicles that will relieve people of the driving task, which means that they can gain time, for example, for other tasks. Unmanned drones are becoming increasingly important in the air, e.g. for delivery services. Medical robots are used in medical technology to support doctors in lengthy and complicated operations.
During the course you will learn about the structure of robots (mechanics, sensors, actuators, microcomputers), how they can move and how they can interact with humans. By programming the microcomputer, you can then regulate the movements of the robots in a targeted manner.
The course is characterized by a strong practical orientation with several project work and internships accompanying lectures. A large number of modern laboratories in the field of electrical engineering and mechatronics are available for this purpose, for example:
- Electrical engineering
- Microprocessor technology
- Measurement and Control Technology
- Factory of the future
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
- Radio technology
- Student Electric form
A team of students from the university constructs an electric racing car and competes against other student teams at various racing events as part of the "Formula Student Electric" competition. The team from the Hof University of Applied Sciences got its start in October 2010. The Formula Student project is geared towards practical application and offers students the opportunity to apply the specialist knowledge acquired during their studies. Especially for students of electrical engineering, there is the possibility of self-realization by developing the particularly important electrical and electronic components and optimizing their interaction in the entire electric vehicle. The project also promotes soft skills such as constructive discussion or interdisciplinary teamwork, because only good cooperation enables common goals to be achieved. In addition to preparing for your future professional life, the collaboration also offers a lot of fun by working in a group, through team events or by participating in racing events and competing with other racing teams.
The team has its own workshop with offices. There is also a race track, the Schleizer Dreieck, very close to the Hof University of Applied Sciences. This means that the team has one of the best conditions among the Formula Student teams!
Are you interested in the team? Follow this and find out more about the racing vehicle and, above all, the fun during and outside of work: