General information


In the JAMK degree programme in Mechanical Engineering, you will, depending on your specialisation, learn to control, develop and manage manufacturing of products especially in engineering workshops or, alternatively, learn how to develop and design machines and equipment using CAD and 3D modelling software. You can expand your expertise in production technology through maintenance-related studies or strengthen your product development skills in studies focusing on sheet metal structures and user-centered oriented design, for example.

Practical applications, along with projects and exercises completed for companies play an essential role in the studies. Thanks to our extensive international cooperation network, some of the studies and projects involve international students, which helps build the foundation for an international approach – an increasingly important requirement in the work of a mechanical engineer.

​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

After completing the degree programme in mechanical engineering, the students possess basic expertise in natural sciences, which enables the mastery and further development of the basic skills of mechanical engineering. These include the basic skills of mechanical engineering, machine design and production technology.

Students of production engineering are able to control, develop and manage manufacturing of products. The students can deepen their knowledge further in production technology, operations control, production automation and production management. In addition to this, they can expand their competence to encompass the knowledge and skills of maintenance-related operations control, reliability technology analyses and preventive maintenance.

Students of product development can develop and design machines and equipment using CAD and 3D modelling software. The students can deepen their knowledge further in product development and machine design. In addition, they can expand their competence to include user-centered design, for example.

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 an entrepreneur. They can also work in an international work environment.

More specifically, after completing the degree programme in mechanical engineering, the students are capable of the following things (targeted competence of the degree programme and its connection to the EUR-ACE requirements):

- The students are capable of continuous self-improvement and diverse communication as well as information retrieval in different work and cultural environments, and have a strong ethical foundation in their field and an entrepreneurial attitude. They gain the abilities to act as entrepreneurs. (EUR-ACE: Transferable skills, Knowledge and understanding)
- The students are capable of performing technical calculations, understanding technical documentation and both domestic and foreign publications in the technical field, and applying them in their own work (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Investigations).
- The students understand the significance of automation for global industry and know the various level of automation implementation in an industrial facility. The students are familiar with the basics of safety in electrical work. (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design)
- The students understand the operating principles and selection criteria of the most important machine components. They are capable of performing strength calculations and can model machine components and create workshop drawings based on them. (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Engineering practice)
- The students understand the realities of the global mechanical engineering industry/production and can view the engineering workshop production as a whole. They possess the basic capabilities for production technology and economy. (EUR-ACE: Knowledge and understanding, Engineering analysis)

Students of production engineering

- The students are familiar with the various production systems and can take them into account in their choices (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design)
- The students can control production, they know the methods and software used, and they can develop processes utilising a variety of development techniques (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Investigations, Engineering practice)
- The students have mastered the production technologies of engineering workshop production – for sheet metal products, in particular – and the basics of service production in such a way that they can make justified choices and develop production (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Investigations, Engineering practice)
- The students possess the knowledge and skills required for management. (EUR- ACE: Engineering practice, Transferable skills).

Students of product development

- The students can develop and design machines and equipment that are cost-efficient from the perspective of international customers (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Investigations, Engineering Practice)
- The students are capable of utilising modern software and taking into account technical factors relating to strength, material and manufacturing (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Investigations, Engineering practice)
- The students know the basics of actuator technology and can select the appropriate equipment for it. (EUR-ACE: Engineering analysis, Engineering design, Investigations, Engineering practice).

​Degree profile

Mechanical engineers design and commission the latest technologies in workshop production, or perform various product development and design tasks related to machines and equipment. The cooperation between the degree programme in mechanical engineering and foreign schools and companies provides the students with the opportunity to form strong internal ties. The degree programme focuses particularly on sheet metal technology. The programme is also characterised by its entrepreneurial perspective and attitude.

Depending on the choice of specialisation, the core subject area in Mechanical Engineering studies is production engineering (with special expertise in production methods, production control and sheet metal technologies) as well as product development and machine design utilising the latest design software.

The teaching staff of the mechanical engineering studies and our students keep a constant eye on developments in the field to ensure that we are always capable of facing the challenges of increasingly international business and industry. During the studies, the students will complete project assignments together with companies, and study utilising information networks and virtual environments that mimic reality.

The training provides mechanical engineering students with the opportunity to obtain diverse knowledge and competence in production development tasks, product development and machine design.

Structure of studies in 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

As shown in the figure below, you will spend the first two years completing basic studies in natural sciences and mechanical engineering as well as transferrable skills with other mechanical engineering students. These will provide you with the necessary capabilities for the orienting core studies.

After this, you will specialise in either product development or production engineering, according to your choice, and complete the appropriate core studies. Depending on your choice and opportunities, you can expand your competence towards maintenance or user-centered design.

Mechanical Engineering

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

The study programme prepares students for production development and expert tasks or various types of product development and design tasks. In addition to this, it provides capabilities for acting as an entrepreneur and, with experience, serving in supervisory positions.

Production engineering: production development and control tasks. Production management for those with more experience.

Product development: product development and machine design tasks and, with experience, supervisory tasks in product development and design.

You can use the elective studies to supplement your studies to support procurement tasks, for example.


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 Mechanical 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 competence targets.

The competence targets are prepared by a work group consisting of teachers of the degree programmes. The members of the group negotiate with representatives of trade and industry in their respective fields on 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 a committee consisting of representatives of trade and industry, student members, the Head of Department and the Programme Coordinator.

Contact information

Harri Peuranen, Programme Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, +358 400 647 069
Rajakatu 35
FI-40200 Jyväskylä