Mechanical engineering

Short-cycle Higher Vocational College, Study programme: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Short-cycle Higher Vocational College is part of the Educational Centre Novo mesto and it is a widely recognized educational institution. It focuses on the excellence of studies and on the quality of professional and research work. The college has had an important role in the development of  local economy and the service sector for more than 20 years. Moreover, it works closely with employers at home and abroad, as our main goal is to provide high quality education and training by establishing solid partnerships with the companies that participate in carrying out work placements and help put theory into practice.
The study programme enables graduates to acquire vocational-specific competences in the field of mechanical engineering. The compulsory part of the course involves basic knowledge in the field of materials, technology and product design, in the use of information technology, economics and project management. Elective modules enable students to get in-depth knowledge in specific areas. Cost-effectiveness and environmentally-friendly use of energy are also very important, therefore it is necessary to plan energy systems and know how to operate them. This is part of the Energetics Module. The Automation Module is based on the planning and the implementation of automation in the production processes. Due to the increasing automation of processes, this kind of expertise is demanded by the employers. Effective maintenance of machines and appliances is important for production and cost estimation, which students can learn about in the Maintenance Module. The Toolmaking Module is based on the knowledge of designing tools, determining their standard parts and their economic and technological characteristics. The Production Module develops knowledge and competences in the field of planning and organizing work and production management.

Form and duration of the study

Full-time studies

They last two years and students get awarded by 120 credits (ECTS). The courses are organized on weekdays. The academic year involves 34 weeks of educational work, of which 24 weeks of education at school and 10 weeks of work placement in companies or in inter-company education centers.

Part-time studies

These studies are custom-made to meet the needs of adult students ; they last two and a half years and students get awarded by 120 ECTS credits. The courses are carried out twice or three times a week in the afternoon using a system of successive subjects (max. two subjects in parallel.)

Benefits of taking our courses

Courses designed to provide students with the practical skills required to pursue a career

Study programs are based on professional standards and  designed and developed with the co-operation of  local employers.

The study focused on gaining  practical competences

40 % of the study programme is carried out in enterprises as a work placement.

Excellent employment prospects for our graduates

Designing and updating study programmes are in accordance with the requirements of the labor market, which enables our graduates to have high chances of employement.

Excellent and experienced teaching staff

Not only  lecturers and tutors who are employed full-time at Higher vocational college but also lecturers with professional experience, employed in industry and service sector are assigned to  deliver lectures and tutorials.

Providing practical and useful in-depth knowledge

In all of our programmes, the diploma work is focused on problem solving and real-life situations  prospective employees are expected  to tackle in enterprises.

Excellent facilities and encouraging study environment offering a tutorial system.

A tutor/lecturer provides students with different  skills needed to successfully finish the studies and to pursue a career.

Custom-made short courses to meet specific needs of incoming students/freshmen

In September short courses are delivered in order to revise certain contents to enable students to easily follow the courses.

The study/courses  supported by e-classrooms encouraging mobility of students in EU projects 

We encourage student mobility to accomplish their work placement abroad.
Providing accommodation
Providing accommodation in a Student Hall of Residence located in the vicinity of the college.
Convocation the college encourages the  transfer of knowledge and experience of all the generations of graduates.
Working closely with the labour market
Thanks to the cooperation with employers, the College is able to provide work-based training and to respond to the requirements of industry.

Employment prospects

The employment prospects of our graduates are excellent, since they can be employed in all sectors of industry. A mechanical engineer may, on the basis of acquired generic and specific vocational knowledge and skills obtained in the course of studies, be employed in the following working areas:
  • line management,
  • project management,
  • documentation making,
  • sales engineering,
  • quality of materials and products monitoring,
  • planning and maintenance management,
  • quality assurance management,
  • toolmaking and design,
  • computer-supported construction (CAD),
  • technological planning with expert systems,
  • CNC machine tool programming,
  • quality assurance process management,
  • CNC manufacturing and machine tool  measuring,
  • development, research and design of new technologies and processes in industry.
Mechanical engineers may be employed also in craft, trade and non-commercial activities.

Terms and conditions of enrollment

Students may enroll in the first year if:
  • they have passed the general matura, vocational matura (or final exam or diploma before 2002)
  • they have passed a foreman or master craftsman exam, Slovene language testing (or Italian and Hungarian in ethnically mixed areas), mathematics or foreign language.