Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering
The Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering provides students with a solid foundation in theoretical knowledge. In addition, students are taught the methodology required to conduct research in the disciplines of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
The degree "Bachelor of Science ETH in Mechanical Engineering" allows students to continue in Master degree programs at ETH Zurich or other universities in Switzerland or abroad.
Compulsory Courses in the first year
Examinations on the Compulsory Courses are held for the first time in the so-called 'basic exam' during the exam period at the end of the second semester. Credit points are only awarded when an entire examination block has been passed.
The basic exam is assessed based on the weighted average of the results from the various areas of examination:
|Analysis I + II
|Linear Algebra I + II||6|
|Machine Elements + Innovation Processes||8|
|Mechanics I + II||11|
|Engineering Materials and Production I + II||8|
Additional courses in the first year
In addition to the Core Courses in the first year, the following courses must also be completed:
- Innovation Project
- Technical Drawing & CAD
Additional Compulsory Courses during the program
Additional Compulsory Courses are assessed through examination blocks which are held during exam periods.
The examination blocks are composed as follows:
|Exam Block 1||Weighting
|Control Systems I||4|
|Exam Block 2
|Physics I + II||10|
|Electrical Engineering I||3|
|Fluid Dynamics I||6|
|Exam Block 3
|Fluid Dynamics II||3|
Electives increase theoretical and methodological aspects of fundamental knowledge. Six electives must be chosen to achieve the necessary 24 credit points.
Courses offered in the Spring Semester:
- Computational Methods for Engineering Application I
- Introduction to Chemical Engineering
- Dimensioning II
- Control Systems II
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
Courses offered in the Fall Semester:
- Computational Methods for Engineering Application II
- Signals and Systems
- Mass Transfer
- System Modeling
- Introduction to Process Engineering
- Managerial Economics
- Electrical Engineering II
Students choose either a Focus Specialization or a Focus Project. The Focus Specialization and the Focus Project are equivalent options spanning a two semester program worth 20 credit points.
The focus study is composed of core courses and electives. A focus coordinator is responsible for each area of focus (see Focus Sheet).
Course-based Focus Specializations – Focus Sheet:
Courses which are not listed as Focus Specializations may be accepted only with the consent of the focus coordinator.
Teams of 3 to 8 students work during two semesters on the realisation of a product. Based on market-oriented need, all processes in product development are conducted in a realistic manner: marketing, conception, design, engineering, simulation, prototypes, and production.
Focus Projects start in the Fall Semester. The full range of projects is listed in the respective Fall Semester ETH Zurich course catalogue. Students can also suggest their own projects, however they must be supported and supervised by an ETH Zurich professor.
Focus Project structure:
- Focus Project (14 credit points)
- Courses, individually defined by the project coordinator (6 credit points)
- Basic Exams passed
- Block 1 and 2 exams passed
The Bachelor Thesis, worth 14 credit points, marks the culmination of the Bachelor program. Subjects for the thesis are listed by the D-MAVT professors, or, alternatively, may be individually agreed with professors. The supervisor establishes the conditions for the Bachelor Thesis.
Bachelor Thesis (151-0001-00L) supervisors may be:
Bachelor Thesis supervisors for Focus Specialization Management, Technology and Economics (151-0071-00L) may be:
The basic exams, the additional courses in the first year and the blocks 1 and 2 exams must be passed.
Engineering Tools are computer-aided engineering methods which are taught in block courses in the afternoons of the first weeks of the semester.
The following Engineering Tools are mandatory for all students:
- Second semester: Engineering Tool I: Computer-based Mathematics
- Third semester: Engineering Tool II: Numeric Mathematics
- Fourth semester: Engineering Tool III: FEM-Programs or Engineering Tool III: Object oriented Programming with C++
Students in the fifth and sixth semester choose one Engineering Tool per semester from the course catalogue. For the participation in the five Engineering Tools, 2 credit points (respectively 0.4 credit points per tool) will be awarded.
During Laboratory Practice the students learn about measuring methods, use of the appropriate equipment and their practical use in research.
In the fourth and fifth semesters, students will be offered various opportunities for Laboratory Practice. Ten labs must be passed, of which at least four must be in physics. A total of 2 credit points will be awarded.
Positions in these lab courses are offered and administered via the D-MAVT Laboratory Pracitce Database. An information event on the application process is offered in the first weeks of the semester, after which the database will be opened for registration.
The workshop training aims at providing you practical experience with the production of components as well as knowledge and understanding about materials and their machining and finishing. The training duration is for at least five weeks and takes place in a company.
For all information concerning the Workshop Training please click here.
Courses in Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) allow students to apply their knowledge in a social and economic context. 6 credit points must be acquired. Compulsory Electives in Humanities, Social and Political Sciences are determined by D-GESS.