General information


After completing the degree programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering, the students have strong basic competence in electrical and automation technology. The students can focus in their studies either in automation technology or electrical engineering and develop into experts in their field.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The students' competence profile is determined by their Personal Learning Plan.

Students in the degree programme can apply the basic laws of mathematics and physics to solving problems in their own field. They are able to utilise ICT technology in their daily work. They have good basic skills in electrical engineering.

Students focused on automation technology are able to design automation in buildings, production lines and companies' products, measurements, controls, adjustments and user interface displays. They are familiar with the different levels of automation implementations in an industrial facility and the key sub-processes of industry.  They can design and implement control systems and evaluate different options for control and adjustment solutions.

Students focused on electrical engineering can implement electrical design at industrial sites and buildings as well as distribution networks. They are familiar with the operating principles of the most common electrical machines and equipment. The students have mastered the calculation and dimensioning methods used in design and the use of design tools. They can apply the standards used in design and implement the documentation in accordance with them. They also understand the importance of the electrical safety regulations and standards and are able to apply them in their tasks.

The students have good capabilities for continuous professional development, diverse communications and information retrieval. They have adopted an entrepreneurial and innovative approach, and are capable of working as entrepreneurs. They can also work in an international work environment.

​Degree profile

Automation technology is a strongly developing field of technology, and the automation of production lines in industry is constantly increasing. Automation is used to automatically control the production lines of various products, industrial facilities, buildings, transport equipment/vehicles and working machines. Smart electrical networks, decentralised energy production, energy efficient solutions and the increase of electric drives in e.g. traffic are the future.

A large part of vocational studies are implemented in practical laboratory work and projects that develop the students' group work skills and communication abilities. The versatile laboratory and learning environments offer the opportunity to develop into a high-tech professional. Guest lecturers invited from companies do their part in bringing practical knowledge to the students.

The university’s research, development and innovation activities enable independent and active students to build excellent working life contacts and deepen their expertise in the field. Internationalisation is supported in several ways, and student exchange or practical training can be planned as part of the personal study path. Entrepreneurial thinking and action are encouraged in all studies.

Structure of studies Peppi

Individual courses


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

The studies of the first year in the degree programme of Electrical and Automation Engineering are common to everyone. A Personal Learning Plan is drawn up in the spring of the first academic year. The specialisation in electrical or automation technology is chosen at this point. During the third year of studies, optional vocational studies such as building automation or project studies are selected. It is also possible to complete some of the studies during a student exchange abroad.

The optional vocational studies and the elective studies allow the students to adjust their own competence profile in the direction they desire. There are several possibilities for different study paths and courses offered by other degree programmes can also be utilised, such as ICT or business studies.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time studies


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Experts in automation systems are needed in e.g. the control and monitoring of industrial processes. The use of control systems in buildings is increasing continuously. Work tasks of an automation engineer include, among other things, the procurement, specification and design of systems and equipment, product development, programming as well as operation and maintenance tasks.

Experts in electrical systems and equipment as well as different kinds of measurement systems are needed both now and in the future. Electrical design is required in distribution networks, industrial environments or buildings, among other things. An electrical engineer must be familiar with various components and products of electrical engineering (motors, transformers). Competence in electrical safety and standards is necessary. Work tasks of an electrical engineer include electrical design, product development, operation and maintenance tasks, research and control as well as managing the operations, among other things.

The workplace can be, for example, a production facility of processing industry, a workshop, an equipment supplier, a power plant or a design firm. The positions can also be in the fields of management and administration, sales and marketing, technical purchasing as well as customer service, training and consulting. Work is often done in international projects, at first as a member of a project team, and after gaining sufficient experience, as a project team leader or an entrepreneur. The work involves a great deal of teamwork, meetings and often also travel.

Important skills include problem solving skills, cooperation skills, customer service orientation and language skills. Following developments in the field and adopting new ideas is necessary.

Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

​Other information


The aim of the degree programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering is to produce engineers that meet the needs of trade and industry. With that in mind, the competence targets of the degree programme have been determined based on the current and future needs of trade and industry, with the help of corporate employees, industry experts and public studies on future trends. The Head of Department is, together with the Programme Coordinator, responsible for resource management and monitoring the progress of the planning process for the competence targets of the degree programme.

The competence targets are prepared by a work group consisting of teachers of the degree programmes. The members of the group negotiate with the representatives of trade and industry in their respective fields on the competence needs in the labour market. The group then compiles the competence targets and defines them for the degree programme.

The competence targets are divided into competence areas and subordinate qualifications, and incorporated into the degree programme structure in the form of various courses. The targets are reviewed by an advisory board consisting of representatives of trade and industry, student members, the Head of Department and the Programme Coordinator.

Contact information

Sirpa Hukari, Programme Coordinator, +358 40 716 7526
Rajakatu 35
FI-40200 Jyväskylä