Detailed course description and requirements
During the two Master years, the student combines the broad and polyvalent basic scientific knowledge, acquired during his Bachelor in Engineering, with a further deepening of the knowledge, skills and competences in the chosen specialization : Mechatronics-Construction, Aeronautics, Vehicle Technology and Transport, Energy.
In general terms, the program of Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering aims at forming engineers that can efficiently perform scientific and technological work. The program is academic, meaning that it is characterized by an intrinsic, tight relation with scientific research in the related fields and with the professional sector. The student must acquire a scientific culture, striving at an equilibrium between in-depth knowledge and practical skills, with emphasis on independency, creativity and inventiveness. The academic engineer must have a curiosity to assimilate the results of his research during his whole career and to learn new skills. He must be able to define and confine a problem to formulate it and to investigate it with a critical mind. He must enhance his efficiency by developing proficiency in languages and social skills.
More specifically the master program aims at educating engineers that are widely employable in machine construction, automotive, thermal installations, aeronautics, consultancy and engineering, tooling, maintenance of chemical, petrochemical and nuclear plants, production, distribution and use of electrical energy including power electronics and drive technology, maintenance of industrial installations, renewable energy, transport and mobility.
Acquiring a specialization in electromechanical engineering, keeping a broad general knowledge by balancing specialized courses with more general courses.
Per specialization :
- Mechatronics-Construction : the program aims a delivering Electromechanical Engineers (MSc) who can design, optimize, produce, maintain and apply complex mechanical systems for industry and society.
- Aeronautics : engineers must be familiar with the versatile aspects of state-of-the-art technology in aeronautics and spin-off possibilities in other industries. The goal is to give students insight in all aspects of the construction, exploitation and maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft.
- Vehicle Technology and Transport : engineers must be able to design, control and maintain transportation systems (for humans and goods), with special attention for innovative sustainable vehicle technologies.
- Energy : engineers take part in the design and production activities of current and more advanced systems for the production and exploitation energy.
The program of Master of Science in Electromechanical aims at the following learning outcomes :
- A polyvalent technical insight into various construction and manufacturing techniques and the performance use and maintenance of tools
- Mathematically formulating and solving practical problems of design and operation of technical systems
- Understanding algorithms and numerical codes used in the field of study
- Additional knowledge acquired in diverse aspects of technology, such as insight into management, business administration, economics, quality control, environmental protection, safety and hygiene
- Having skills such as reasoning and spatial awareness, logical, abstract and critical thinking, learning skills in communication, reporting and presentation teamwork and mastery of English for engineering purposes
- Having a sense of responsibility, creativity and entrepreneurship
- Showing willingness for lifelong learning
The additional course-specific objectives for the Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering are :
- Knowledge of the basic principles of a selected set of Electromechanical and mechanical machinery and a selected set of power electronic devices and of how they can be measured dimensioned and diagnosed in the case of a faulty operation
- Understanding of the operation and construction of piston engines and turbo machinery and the relation of the components with the performance of the systems
- Knowledge of the properties and uses of the different materials used in mechanical engineering
- Knowledge of different kinematic, dynamic, hydraulic, aerodynamic, thermodynamic, heat transfer and mass transfer phenomena occurring in mechanisms, machines and equipment
- The ability to identify, calculate and predict these phenomena
- Knowledge of a selection of frequently used principles and techniques for measuring and controlling physical quantities in industrial processes
- The ability to indicate and illustrate consistency between the various disciplines given above (e.g. in view of the operation of an electrical power plant)
- Knowledge on the design process of a (new) product (including marketing, organizational, economical and technical aspects of product design)
These overarching course-specific requirements are supplemented with specific goals for each specialization (Mechatronics-Construction, Aeronautics, Vehicle Technology and Transport and Energy) which are not included in this file because of space limitation. They are available in Annex.