Automotive Technology

Professional Bachelor (English)

Locatie: Sint-Katelijne-Waver -Campus De Nayer

Drive your ambition further! 

  • High-octane blood runs through your veins and fuels your passion for cars, trucks, motorcycles and all things automotive
  • You’re keen to dive deeper into all areas of the automotive industry from mechanical to electronic engineering and motorsport
  • Become an expert in all major automotive systems.  
  • Learn how to diagnose a wide range of electronic and mechanical faults.  
  • Turn your hobby into a full-blown profession through intensive training.  
  • Explore the latest technological innovations from internal combustion engines to alternative hybrid and electric drivetrain systems.  
  • Become a future-proof automotive specialist with an emphasis on diagnostic techniques, trending technologies and management skills.
  • Choose from three specialisation tracks to launch your career in Trucks, Motorcycles or Motorsport.
  • Start this flexible 6-semester programme either in February or September. 

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For all your questions on study methods and your wellbeing in our programme.
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Automotive Technology Center

Step inside our Automotive Technology Centre and find more than 20 different vehicles along with all kinds of setups for you to test them out on. From a 4x4 dynamometer to suspension, brake and engine test benches. For real hands-on learning!

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Master Technician Certificate

Add this elective to your final semester and get the qualifications you need to kick-start your career. Brand-specific OEM training will open the doors to employment opportunities at official dealerships of all the major car manufacturers. 

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Student projects

Join the Formula Electric Belgium student team for your chance to help build the vehicle of the future. As a key member of the team, you’ll enter your project at international competitions throughout Europe. 

Programme

  • Structure
  • Courses
  • In practice/Workplace learning
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Admission requirements
  • Structure

    • Phase 1 | Get a solid grounding in the basics of automotive technology and general sciences. A mix of theoretical classes and hands-on practical labs will hone your problem-solving skills as you apply them to diagnosing electrical and mechanical faults and system failures.  
    • Phase 2 | Work on electric and hybrid cars and familiarise yourself with the latest diagnosis tools that will shape you into a future-proof professional. Explore the world of alternative fuel system technologies and specialise in either Motorsport Engineering, Motorcycles, Trucks or Heavy Duty Vehicles. 
    • Phase 3 | Immerse yourself in the fast-moving field of autonomous driving systems and deep dive into your own specific topic in your final semester as part of your bachelor’s thesis. 
  • Courses

    Below you can find an overview of the courses (under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit.  

    • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.   
    Phase123
    DRIVETRAIN
    Drivetrain Technologies i 6
    Internal Combustion Engines i 6
    Fuel Systems and Alternative Fuels i 6
    Electric and Hybrid Drive Technologies i 3
    Mechanical Automotive Systems i 6
    Battery Systems and Accumulators i 3
    DATA AND COMMUNICATION
    Vehicle Electronics 6 4
    Automotive IT i 3 3
    Vehicle Networks i 4
    Engine Management i 6
    Autonomous Vehicles and ADAS i 6
    DIAGNOSTICS
    Automotive Electricity i 6 6
    Automotive Testing 3
    Diagnosis Expert i 6
    APPLIED SCIENCES
    Mechanics 3
    Strength of Materials 3
    Phase123
    Applied Math 6
    Thermodynamics in Automotive 6
    Hydraulics and Pneumatics for Automotive 3
    Materials and Welding Technology 3
    Chemical Processes 3
    Vehicle Dynamics 3
    PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
    Entrepreneurship 3
    Expertise and Insurances 3
    Ethics and Morality 3
    International Experience 3
    PROJECT / INTERNSHIP
    Autolab i 12
    In-company Internship 4
    Bachelorthesis / Internship 30
    Master Technician Program 30
    SPECIALISATION (choose one) 6 3
    Motorsport Engineering i
    Motorcycles and Motorbikes
    Heavy Duty Vehicles and Trucks
    Phase123
    DRIVETRAIN
    Drivetrain Technologies i 6
    Internal Combustion Engines i 6
    Fuel Systems and Alternative Fuels i 6
    Electric and Hybrid Drive Technologies i 3
    Mechanical Automotive Systems i 6
    Battery Systems and Accumulators i 3
    DATA AND COMMUNICATION
    Vehicle Electronics 6 4
    Automotive IT i 3 3
    Vehicle Networks i 4
    Engine Management i 6
    Autonomous Vehicles and ADAS i 6
    DIAGNOSTICS
    Automotive Electricity i 6 6
    Automotive Testing 3
    Diagnosis Expert i 6
    APPLIED SCIENCES
    Mechanics 3
    Strength of Materials 3
    Applied Math 6
    Thermodynamics in Automotive 6
    Hydraulics and Pneumatics for Automotive 3
    Materials and Welding Technology 3
    Chemical Processes 3
    Vehicle Dynamics 3
    PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
    Entrepreneurship 3
    Expertise and Insurances 3
    Ethics and Morality 3
    International Experience 3
    PROJECT / INTERNSHIP
    Autolab i 12
    In-company Internship 4
    Bachelorthesis / Internship 30
    Master Technician Program 30
    SPECIALISATION (choose one) 6 3
    Motorsport Engineering i
    Motorcycles and Motorbikes
    Heavy Duty Vehicles and Trucks

    Timetable

    Check out an example timetable for phase 1.

  • In practice/Workplace learning

    The classroom is where you develop your theoretical undertstanding of mechanical and electronic vehicle systems. The Automotive Technology Centre is where you put them to the test during practical lab sessions with our wide range of vehicles, installations and diagnostic and measurement tools.  

    But our hands-on approach doesn’t stop there! Our partnerships with local dealers, OEM manufacturers and other key industry players offer all kinds of opportunities for your phase 2 traineeship and your 12-week bachelor’s thesis internship in your final semester. 

    Finally, our Master Technician Certificate lets you combine either BMW’s or Volvo’s training programme within your Thomas More degree. Essential for those looking to work at licensed dealerships or OEM manufacturers. 

  • Personal coaching

    Never hesitate to ask questions before, during and after class. You’ll find our teaching staff to be both friendly and supportive. They will give you frequent feedback on your progress and advise you on your future automotive career.  

    Your study counsellor will also help you put together your individual study programme, while your care coordinator is available anytime to help you develop a good study attitude and study plan. 

  • Go international

    Expand your horizons during the second or third phase of your course by studying abroad. An Erasmus or another study exchange programme can be a great way to explore the world, build a network of like-minded colleagues and acquire a different perspective on familiar topics.  

    You also have the option of completing your final bachelor’s thesis at one of our partner institutes in France, Portugal, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany and elsewhere. 

    If you join our Formula Electric Belgium student project, you’ll also have the chance to compete at various international student competitions. 
     
    Finally, our automotive experience tour in your final year will immerse you in the production lines and automotive heritage of top manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. 

  • Admission requirements

    Our application process is really straightforward.
    You will only need to meet 3 simple requirements:

    1. Secondary education diploma
    2. English Language Certificate (B2)
    3. Passport/ID card or residence permit

    Some more good news! Thomas More has no numerus clausus procedure, nor do we have a limit on the number of admitted students.
    You can find more specific information about our admission requirements here.

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  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 1

    Semester 1

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Automotive IT 1
    • Drivetrain Technologies
    • Electricity basics
    • Mechanics
    • Autolab 1

    Semester 2

    • Strength of materials
    • Automotive Electricity 1
    • Thermodynamics for automotive
    • Vehicle Electronics 1
    • Internal Combustion Engines
    • Hyrdaulics and Pneumatics
    • Autolab 2
  • Phase 2

    Semester 1

    • Fuel Systems and alternative fuels
    • Automotive Electricity 2
    • Vehicle Dynamics
    • In-company Internship
    • Automotive IT 2
    • Vehicle Networks

    Semester 2

    • Mechanical Automotive Systems
    • Vehicle Electronics 2
    • Engine Management
    • Materials and welding technology
    • Electric and Hybrid Drive Technologies
    • Chemical Processes
    • *Motorsport Engineering 1 
    • *Motorcycles and Motorbikes 1
    • *Heavy Duty Vehicles and Trucks 1
  • Phase 3

    Semester 1

    • Ethics and Morality
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Automotive Testing and Simulation
    • Expertise and Insurances
    • Automotive Management
    • *Motorsport Engineering 2
    • *Motorcycles and Motorbikes 2
    • *Heavy Duty Vehicles and Trucks 2

    Semester 2

    • Bachelorthesis / Internship
    • Master Technician Program

Na je studie

  • The job of your life
  • Additional studies
  • Working in Belgium
  • The job of your life

    • Automotive Expert 
    • Service Advisor (OEM) 
    • Diagnostic Specialist 
    • Technical Trainer OEM Training programmes 
    • Fleet Management  
    • Technical Assistant in Automotive R&D 
    • Service Manager 
    • Workshop Manager 
  • Additional studies

    Banaba

    Master (Via switching programme)

    • Industrial Engineering Electro Mechanics: Automotive Engineering 
  • Working in Belgium

    Working in Belgium after graduation

    If you are an EEA citizen, check the EURES website for more information about working in Belgium and other EU countries. 
     
    4 ways to work in Belgium after graduation (non-EEA students): 
     

    1. (NEW!) Residence permit with the purpose of finding a job 
    2. Working as a highly qualified person 
    3. Working as a trainee/intern 
    4. Self-employment 

    See the KU Leuven website for more info. 

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