Applicants with a general university entrance qualification in their respective home country (for example, in Switzerland: Federal Vocational Baccalaureate or confederate Matura diploma) can register for the first year of study. It is not necessary to take an admission test. However, candidates without any work experience need to complete an internship of at least one year in a relevant field before starting their studies.
For applicants with an apprenticeship outside a related field and candidates with professional experience in a non-related field, the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture offers the possibility to attend all or individual parts of the technical training which begins before the 1st fall semester.
Objectives of the technical training
The focus is on various work areas such as manufacturing, assembly, product development and design. Basic skills, which are important in the creation of mechanical and/or electrical products, are learned. Also, technical and organizational experiences within the social context are prerequisites for understanding and being able to apply the theory learned in the study.
Content and organization of the technical training
The technical training program in its entirety totals 18 weeks, divided into 3 parts.
This part is eight full-time weeks (320 hours), normally during the summer between end of June and end of August. Prior to the beginning of the first semester, part 1 is devoted to the creation and drafting of mechanical products.
The first four weeks (160 hours), take place 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.
The second four weeks (160 hours), take place at the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture. Students experience sketching, illustration of parts and assemblies, creating bills of materials, standards, dimensioning, tolerances, design and manufacturing, exposure to machine parts and materials, and more.
This part is two full-time weeks (80 hours), normally during the summer prior to the beginning of the intermediate level of study. Starting at the end of August, this part is devoted to the creation of electrical products: electrical measurement, electrical connection technology, application of electrical engineering in lab, and more.
This part is eight full-time weeks (320 hours), normally during the summer prior to the final year of study. Students experience and participate in the work process in areas including, but not limited to, manufacturing, assembly, product development, and design. The organization must belong to an energy-related industry, independent of its location in the world.
The student is to provide a description of the summer job tasks to the Head of the Bachelor’s Program for approval. At the end of the eight weeks, the student is to obtain from the organization an official «Certificate of Work» which is to include a brief description of the activities. The student is to provide this to the Senior Assistant.