Designed for students without relevant work experience, the training covers various areas of activity, focusing on manufacturing, assembly, product development and design. Prospective students learn the basic skills required for the creation of mechanical and/or electrical products and acquire technical and organizational experience key to understanding and applying the theory imparted in the study program.
Content and Organization of the Technical Training
The bespoke technical training of eight weeks maximum must be attended in part or in its entirety, depending on your prior work experience.
Part 1: Mechanical Engineering
This part, which spans over six full-time weeks (240 hours), is devoted to the creation and technical drawings of mechanical products. Held during the summer between early July and mid-August, this part typically has to be attended prior to the beginning of the first semester.
Part 1a: During a total of three weeks (120 hours), students are introduced to the following topics: sketching, the illustration of parts and assemblies, creating bills of materials, standards, dimensioning, tolerances, design with CAD and manufacturing, exposure to machine parts and materials, and more. The first week precedes part 1b, while the remaining two weeks take place after the conclusion of part 1b.
Part 1b: Three weeks (120 hours) during the months of July are spent in a workshop environment, usually in an external organization or training facility. Students gain insight into production manufacturing technology and processes, such as turning, milling, drilling and thread cutting. Further experience includes installation, assembly systems and testing.
Part 2: Electrical Engineering
This part is devoted to the practical elements of electrical engineering: electrical measurement, electrical connection technology, application of electrical engineering in lab, and more, lasting two full-time weeks (80 hours). Starting at the end of August, this part is normally taken during the summer prior to the beginning of the intermediate level of study at the laboratories of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Internship – working in a company
To reach 12 months of work experience in total, including the technical training, students may be required a proportional internship. Qualifying work covers experience and participation in a work process in areas such as manufacturing, assembly, product development, design, or product management, sales, or project management. The organization should belong to an energy-related industry, independent of its location in the world.
The student is to provide a description of the job tasks to the Head of the Bachelor’s Program for approval. At the end of the work experience, the student is to obtain an official «Certificate of Work» from the organization, which is to include a brief description of the activities as well as the working hours per week. The student is to provide this to the Senior Assistant.