Laser Technology and Surface Technology

Specialisation in the Bachelor's degree programme in Mechanical Engineering


The biggest enemies of all machines? Friction, corrosion, wear. Learn to minimise them!

Wear and corrosion bring even the strongest machines to their knees. Thanks to surface technology, it doesn't have to be that way - or not until much later. With it, a component receives an upgrade through another property - and that is often decisive. Surfaces are protected against corrosion, electrical conductivity is improved or components are thermally or electrically insulated. With coatings it is even possible to absorb or reflect light and heat.

You will learn which processes are suitable for which requirements, which coatings are suitable and how the properties of the material can be changed with laser radiation when you study surface technology in the mechanical engineering degree programme in Mittweida.

Career prospects

Future-proof job? Researching new processes and technologies? You have the choice - and you can have both.

The requirements for products in mechanical and plant engineering have become so complex that there are hardly any cases where a material has all the properties desired for the component. They have to be created subsequently by surface treatment. These technologies therefore influence the entire machinery, plant, automotive and electrical appliance construction industry. Choosing the specialisation in laser and surface technology gives you a head start: Most engineers have to acquire their special knowledge of laser processing and surface coating themselves in their professional lives, but you acquire it directly in the Bachelor's degree programme.

Electroplating can make the production of hydrogen easier and cheaper. Fibre composites are much lighter than steel and can be produced increasingly cheaply. Lasers offer the possibility of creating super-hard coatings that show hardly any wear. As an engineer, you will use the knowledge acquired in Mittweida directly in production or in the research and development departments of industry. New processes to make products more resource-efficient, more durable and thus more ecologically compatible are being researched and developed at full speed.


150 years of experience for your future.

You don't have to have coated a drill with titanium nitride to study surface technology. Nor do you have to have worked on metal with laser radiation. You come to Mittweida to learn exactly that. Laser and surface technology is a specialisation in the mechanical engineering programme. This means that if you find that another subject interests you more, you can specialise in digital product development, resource-efficient production technology or micromobility from the fourth semester onwards.

To enable you to make this decision, you will first build up a knowledge base in the areas that all mechanical engineers need. From the fourth semester onwards, you will then concentrate on your chosen topic. You will be taught exactly the knowledge that you will need in your professional life. For over 150 years, engineering education in Mittweida has followed the approach "as much theory as necessary, as much practice as possible". That's why you apply the lecture knowledge in laboratory experiments throughout your studies. You benefit from small groups and student tutorials. This way you learn more intensively and can ask our professors, who have experience in industry, questions more easily than is possible with hundreds of students at a large university. Ideal conditions to concentrate on your studies - also because the rents in Mittweida are cheap and a job alongside your studies is not necessary for many students.

Application and admission


Please register here: As soon as you have transmitted all forms and supporting documents, you can enrol. Your enrolment certificate reliably grants you a place at the university.

You can study at the Hochschule Mittweida:

  • with a general matriculation standard
  • with a subject-related entrance qualification (according to the subject)
  • with an advanced technical college certificate.

You can find all information on application deadlines and required documents here.

If you do not have any of the above-mentioned degrees, look here for more information.

There is a separate application deadline for international students. Please click here for more information.