Designed for students without relevant work experience, the training covers various work areas, focusing on manufacturing, assembly, product development and design. Basic skills are learned for the creation of mechanical and/or electrical products. Furthermore, technical and organizational experiences and taking part in a social context are important foundations for understanding and applying the theory to be learned during the study program.
Content and organization of the technical training
The tailor-made technical training of up-to eight weeks is to be taken partly or entirely as a function of the past experience.
Part 1: Mechanical Engineering
This part is devoted to the creation and technical drawings of mechanical products, lasting six full-time weeks (240 hours). Offered during the summer between early July and mid of August, this part is typically to be taken prior to the beginning of the first semester.
Part 1a: During a total of 3 weeks (120 hours) students learn sketching, illustration of parts and assemblies, creating bills of materials, standards, dimensioning, tolerances, design and manufacturing, exposure to machine parts and materials, and more. The first week takes place prior to part 1b, the remaining 2 weeks are succeeding 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 experiences include 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 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.