All student activities are scored according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Each year carries 60 ECTS credits. The basic applied studies last for three years (six semesters) and carry 180 ECTS credits. The studies are realized in the form of class-based teaching (face-to-face) in the Serbian language. The study program is realized within the field of Technical and Technological Sciences. The subfield is Mechanical Engineering.
After completing basic applied studies, a student acquires the title of Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (BASc in ME). According to the National Framework of Qualifications of the Republic of Serbia (NFQS), the completion of basic applied studies leads to the sixth level; sub-level one (level 6.1). The requirement for acquiring this level is previously achieved level 4 of NFQS, and passed general, professional, or artistic graduation.
Teaching and exams
Classes are held in a one-semester subject pattern. Student activities during the semester (pre-examination obligations), such as colloquiums, seminar papers, tests, and other activities are scored. The proportion of the number of points obtained in the pre-examination obligations and on the exam is determined for each subject individually, whereby the pre-examination obligations participate with at least 30 and up to 50 points. The final exams are taken at the School in the appropriate exam terms, which are: January, April, June, September, and October. By fulfilling the pre-examination obligations and taking the exam, the student can achieve a maximum of 100 points, whereby a score of at least 51 points for a grade of 6, a score of 61 points for a grade of 7, a score of at least 71 points for a grade of 8, a score of at least 81 points for a grade of 9, and a score of at least 91 points for a grade of 10.
Goals and outcomes
The main goal of the study program Railway Mechanical Engineering is to enable students to adopt and practically apply scientific and professional knowledge and achievements in the field of railway mechanical engineering.
The specific goals of the study program Railway Mechanical Engineering are to:
- transfer knowledge and practical skills necessary for work in a railway sector;
- develop professional creative abilities of a student necessary for work and solving specific and responsible tasks in the field of railway mechanical engineering;
- develop abilities of a student for monitoring of innovations in the given field;
- train students for teamwork and work in a versatile and multidisciplinary railway environment.
For fulfilling these goals, a whole range of theoretical and practical courses, internships, training, and workshops in the railway sector in the Republic of Serbia is obtained.
By mastering the Railway Mechanical Engineering study program, the student acquires general and subject-expert skills and competencies, such as:
- to master and apply acquired general and specific knowledge in the field of mechanical engineering;
- to monitor the development and innovations in mechanical and related railway engineering fields;
- to integrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge from different scientific fields to recognize and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering;
- to develop creative abilities for work, lifelong learning, and knowledge improvement;
- to apply European regulations and standards and UIC Leaflets in railway mechanical engineering.
- to be directly involved in operational work in the railway sector;
- to plan, organize, monitor, control, and analyse railway vehicles on public and industrial railways, as well as turnarounds of vehicles and train drivers;
- to plan, manage, monitor, and control servicing and maintenance of all types of railway vehicles (regular maintenance with control check, overhauls, corrective maintenance, etc.),
- to take part in monitoring and control of renovation, re-modelling, modification, modernisation, and improvement of railway vehicles according to European standards;
- to monitor and control the maintenance of wheelsets, brakes, and components,
- to plan and monitor the usage of brake test devices and other control devices
- to manage stocks of materials, spare parts, and equipment for railway vehicles maintenance;
- to control and analyse operational readiness, reliability, availability, and maintainability of railway vehicles;
- to manage railway vehicles maintenance system documentation and other vehicles technical documentation;
- to apply knowledge of national and European regulations and standards, as well as UIC leaflets, and other standards.
Continuation of studies
After completing basic applied studies, a student can enroll in specialist applied studies or master applied studies within higher education institutions in applied studies.