History of the Faculty


The origins of mechanical engineering in Germany date back to the beginning of the 19th century. Therefore, some people still associate mechanical engineering with huge devices like steam engines, water turbines or conveying systems, as you can see them for example in the German museum in Munich.

In the meantime, mechanical engineering has been subject to constant development and is now one of the key technologies of our modern industrial society in the 21st century. It is THE central engineering discipline when it comes to industrial production and the use of investment and consumer goods and is therefore vitally important for the national economy. Already in 1868, a mechanical engineering department was established in the “Koeniglich-Wuerttembergische Baugewerkeschule” (Royal School of Construction) in Stuttgart. The large amount of interest meant that the capacity in Stuttgart was soon pushed to its limits.

Historisches Hauptgebäude ("Stall")

In 1914, the Royal School of Construction relocated to Esslingen, a neighbouring town, and with it around 600 young students. The industrial development in Esslingen was already very advanced, particularly in the field of mechanical engineering. In 1938, the construction school was renamed “Staatliche Ingenieurschule Esslingen”, the Esslingen State School for Engineering, leading to the degree “Ing. (grad.)”. In 1971, the engineering school developed into a university for applied sciences leading to the degree “Dipl.-Ing. (FH)”. Students who are enrolled after the winter semester 2005 / 06 will receive the degree of Bachelor of Engineering. The Hochschule Esslingen has introduced a two-degree system with Bachelor/Master degrees on the basis of the Bologna Process. In 2006, the Universities of Applied Sciences of Technology and Social Work merged to form the “Hochschule Esslingen”.

Starting winter semester 2008 / 2009, you may also begin a Master programme. The Faculties of Automotive Engineering and Mechanical Engineering offer the English-language Master programme "Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering" comprising a study period of three semesters.

As you can see, the studies of mechanical engineering have a long tradition in Esslingen - since 1914, mechanical engineers have been trained in the “Stall” (stable). In the course of time, majors of mechanical engineering have developed into independent faculties like Automotive Engineering (FZ) or Building Services, Energy and Environmental Engineering (VU). These departments are, of course, still open to mechanical engineering graduates.

The successful longtime cooperation with regional industry, represented by the Association of the Friends of the University and the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, has consistently resulted in updating the course contents and has led to a close collaboration between the University and industry. The good reputation of mechanical engineering graduates from Esslingen is largely based on this cooperation and graduates therefore enjoy excellent employment opportunities.