"Doing things right and doing the right things". Analyze, calculate and develop products using scientific methods. How should a product be designed to satisfy the requirements of performance, life, economy and environment? A technical education on an advanced level is a good base for your future success.
After finishing this Master Programme you will be able to deal with a wide range of problems within advanced Mechanical Engineering. The programme focuses on Product development and Structural dynamics, which are two research areas at Linnaeus University. The basis for the Product development from Life cycle perspective is given by the courses Multivariate Calculus and Vector Calculus and Analysis of Structures. Within the Finite Element Method and Structural Dynamics courses, theory together with methods and tools for solving mechanical problems are given. Within Product development, powerful development tools with specific applications to complex products, functions and systems are given. Different case studies are presented and projects from the industry are examined in order to identify and analyze problem areas, accomplish action planning and suggest appropriate actions for handling these problems with adequate methods. Structural dynamics is an area with a wide range of applications spanning from aerospace, vehicle and machine to buildings. Within this area structures’ dynamic behavior is studied; this includes performance, comfort, life and vibrations. The omnipresent strive of weigh reduction enhance the need for knowledge within structural dynamics to clear the designs regarding loads and dynamic behavior. Within Structural Dynamics more often than not finite element models, setting out from knowledge within Solid Mechanics, are used. To validate that a model sufficiently represents a real structure, vibrational tests are used; for that theory from Signal Analysis. Tuning of the model can be required due to discrepancies between test data and analytical data; this is an optimization problem. Structural Dynamics is an increasingly important area within product development.
"My dream job would be to help develop new environmentally-friendly types of energy and materials"
Matthieu Luca moved from Belgium to Sweden and Växjö to study the master's programme in Mechanical Engineering at Linnaeus University. He recently finished his studies and is more than happy with his years of studying and living in Sweden.
When Matthieu did not find the right courses to study in his home country, he decided to apply for a master's programme abroad.
"When I started taking the first steps to register myself at Linnaeus University, all I knew about Sweden was the extensive national welfare system and your respect for nature. Once I had registered, I became even more curious to get to know the country. Although Scandinavia had always attracted me, it was an undefined feeling – a bit like far away lands are depicted in fairy tales."
There are, according to Matthieu, many differences between Sweden and Belgium when it comes to studying.
"From what I experienced this year, I can say that I really appreciate the informal relationships we have with the teachers. In Belgium, I have never called my teachers by their first name. When I started to study here in Sweden, I found that it is possible to show respect for the teachers without the need to call them 'Sir' or 'Madam'. All the teachers I had this year were very kind and always available to help me with a problem or answer questions."
Apart from the helpful and dedicated teachers, Matthieu is impressed by the new and modern facilities at Linnaeus University, in particular the library and the many laboratories.
Matthieu is very happy with his time in Sweden.
"I think Swedish people in general are kind, polite, patient, and cool. Finally, a notable difference between my home country Belgium and Sweden is that almost every Swede speaks English, which I find very impressive."
Studying in Sweden has awoken Matthieu's interest to work in Scandinavia in the future.
"I discussed with some of my friends what we want to do in the future, and it seems that we all feel like moving from our country and experience something new and different. I would like to find a job in Scandinavia or in Canada. My main interest is ecology-related issues, and my dream job would be to help develop new environmentally-friendly types of energy and materials."
"Without maths no engineering"
Linu Joseph from India and Fredrik Eriksson from Sweden are students at the master programme in Mechanical Engineering. One of the courses in the programme is taken together with students from the master programme Structural Engineering. This is how they met Johan Lessner, also from Sweden.
All of them agree that the amount of work needed on master's level is higher than the one on bachelor's level.
"When studying the first year, we often had one more difficult course and one easier at the same time, says Fredrik. Maybe everything is not that difficult, but it demands that we spend a lot of time working with the exercises."
"We always have a busy schedule", Johan concludes with a smile.
How come you chose this education?
"Probably I won't be studying at the university again, so it might be wise to do this master now", says Johan.
"I searched for opportunities through my Indian agent, and found this to be a good alternative, Linu explains. I like the weather here, cold and nice. The Swedes are really friendly, calm and beautiful", he says with a smile.
"It is fun and interesting to work together", Johan continues.
"Yes, we have a good time exchanging ideas", says Linu.
Can you see the use of what you are learning right now?
"Yes, definitely. The math part is mainly a tool for the other courses. Without maths no engineering. Right now the theories and way of calculating concerns constructions, putting up static equations concerning dimensions on steel or wood frames for example", Johan and Linu explains.
"But these type of calculations can just as well be used when it comes to heating problems", Fredrik continues.
It takes time and effort to keep up with the studies. Through another book than the ones they were recommended the students found out how to use the maths for this exercise.
The industry needs many new engineers in the nearest future. In Sweden, many working engineers will retire the next ten to fifteen years, and a lack of competence is predicted.
The Programme qualifies you for a professional life in industry, where qualified Calculation Engineers and Designers are attractive, as well as for Ph.D. studies within the field of Mechanical Engineering.
Master of Science within Mechanical Engineering (one year).
Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.
Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.
Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.