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Why do wind turbines have three wings? Why does the output of a hydroelectric power plant drop during flooding? Who ensures that too much or too little electricity is never fed into the grid? And why is gas becoming ever faster on its way through a pipeline? Until the electricity from a wind turbine drives the washing machine or natural gas warms the home, engineers specializing in energy technology face many challenges and questions.

Structure of the studies

The engineering course in energy technology is divided into four phases:

1. Basic studies

1st and 2nd semester: Basics

  • Mathematical-scientific: mathematics, chemistry, physics, etc.
  • Engineering: Electrical engineering, materials science, construction elements, etc.

2. Advanced studies

3rd to 5th semester: Specialization in energy technology

  • Engineering science: control and regulation technology, refrigeration and heat pump technology, gas supply, electricity supply, energy plant construction, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary modules: Business administration, lecture on energy technology
  • Optional modules: Biomass, combined heat and power, mobility, energy storage, use of water and wind energy, etc.

3. graduation

6th/7th semester:

From the 6th semester onwards, you will gain practical experience.

  • either during a 12-week practical phase in a company
  • or during a practical semester of at least 20 weeks or a semester abroad
           - Bachelor PLUS

4. Bachelor thesis

The energy, building and environmental technologies are based on a common foundation and pursue the same goal: the sustainable and efficient use of our resources.

Therefore, the Bachelor's programmes are interlinked.

Good to know!!!

The basic studies are identical for all students of energy, building and environmental engineering. They all study together. That's why you can change courses without any problems until the third semester, if you wish!

How to study

The energy, building and environmental technologies are based on a common foundation and pursue the same goal: the sustainable and efficient use of our resources.

Therefore, the Bachelor's programmes are interlinked.

Your studies are...

  • interdisciplinary: Energy technology is in mutual exchange with environmental and building technology. Therefore, the structure of the course offers our students the opportunity to look beyond their own horizons. They not only learn to understand complex technical systems, but also to think interdisciplinary.
  • practice-oriented: We train for practice. Many laboratory internships and excursions ensure that you do not lose sight of the application of your knowledge.

  • networked and international: We are constantly working on cooperations with companies and universities. So you can expand your knowledge through practical training or a semester at another university - even abroad.
  • strong in research and knowledge transfer: Our students have their finger on the pulse because they benefit from the knowledge gained from our research projects. We develop application-oriented solutions to current problems.

  • flexible: Your interests define the subject area in which you specialize according to the basics - you become an engineer in energy and energy technology. And you decide whether you want to complete your studies in seven or six semesters, i.e. with a practical phase or a practical/foreign semester.

You will learn in...

  • Lectures in which the necessary theoretical basics are presented and explained.

  • Exercises in which case studies and tasks are specifically prepared for examinations and practice.

  • Internships in which practice-oriented knowledge is imparted in our laboratories and test halls and within the framework of field tests.

  • Excursions to different building specific facilities.


There are a number of prerequisites for taking up an engineering course in energy technology:

University entrance qualification

As a rule, this is an Abitur or a Fachabitur.
Master craftsmen and similarly qualified people also have the opportunity to study at university, but some prerequisites must be fulfilled.  In this case, feel free to contact us and arrange a consultation appointment.

Pre-study internship

As a prerequisite for your studies, you must have completed an 8-week internship. This should take place in a technical or predominantly technical area. Up to four weeks of this can also be completed in a commercial area. Please refer to the file below to find out in which professional fields you can do the internship.

The internship must be proven by the beginning of the third semester. If you have completed vocational training, this can be recognised instead. You can also find out which professions are suitable for this in the file below.

And after bachelor?


As a Bachelor of Engineering, you have the opportunity to complete an advanced Master's degree.

The EGU department also offers you four different Master's programmes.

Career prospects

The demand for engineers in energy technology is constantly growing. On the job market, specialists and managers are in demand who are technically fit and are able to assess facts even in larger contexts. Our engineers are ideally suited for this due to their previous technical and scientific knowledge. Career prospects and pay are above average, and companies often recruit our graduates even before they graduate.

The employers of energy engineers are as diverse as the challenges they face. Here are some practical examples:

Reports from practice

We are always very interested in what happens to our graduates after their time at the EGU department. This is why some of our alumni report here about their way out of Steinfurt into the world of engineering.

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