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Imagine a powertrain that is able to: 

  • Accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h within 4 seconds, nearly silent.
  • Or Transport 40 tons of beets over wet clay soil, getting it done.
  • Or Lift a distillation column of 600 tons, without a sweat.
  • Or perform heavy-duty landscaping at net-zero emissions, for today and tomorrow. 

Make your dreams a reality and invest in your powertrain career!

In the Powertrain minor at HAN University of Applied Sciences, you explore the principles and design of a mobile powertrain. The focus is on describing the load cases in an analytical manner and, based on this analysis, selecting, modelling and dimensioning a well selected prime mover and transmission.

You are supported by various courses that both broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills.
Connected companies (including HAN Automotive Research) provide challenging and inspiring projects that handle contemporary powertrain topics. This enables you to properly approach (and answer) the topics and challenges of today’s powertrains, on the move to tomorrow.


The following subjects will be lectured in the minor:

  • Analysis of load cases
  • Design of a well selected prime mover and transmission
  • Sustainability through efficiency
  • Emissions legislation and compliance
  • Energy management
  • ICE, (hydrogen fuel cell – battery) electric, hydraulic and mechanical drivelines
  • Impact and opportunities of alternative fuels and their respective powertrain layout
  • Mechatronics, systems engineering, control engineering
  • Valuable guest lectures from the industry


Type of minor

This exchange course is offered once a year in a block during the first semester (September - January).
This also is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile). 

Learning Outcomes

After this Minor the student is able to:

  • Define, model and select mobile drivelines that comply to a variety of (local) demands.
  • Understand and explain the construction and operation of key prime movers of the modern powertrain in order to come to a well-supported powertrain configuration.
  • Apply modern engineering tools and judge the required level of detail/complexity to come to the right choice at the right phase within the development cycle.
  • Set, achieve and reflect upon professional learning goals to enable ‘A life long learning’ within the engineering domain.
  • Demonstrate a critical mindset when it comes to powertrain engineering within the current transitional energy landscape.
  • Find and apply reliable (academic) sources in order to add and calibrate knowledge and understanding to the case(s) at hand.
  • Work professionally in a diverse team of aspiring engineers applying modern project engineering methods.


  • Analysing and defining
  • Designing
  • Professionalization

Admission requirements

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

To be admitted to the minor you must have completed the relevant parts of the major in Automotive or Mechanical Engineering at level 2. This includes basic knowledge of:

  • Mechanics (statics/dynamics/strength of materials)
  • Powertrain (mechanics/electronics/hydraulics)
  • System engineering, control engineering
  • Machine elements

You should be able to apply this knowledge to design a simple powertrain for e.g. a bicycle. In case of doubt about the level, an intake interview will be arranged. The minor coordinator subsequently takes the final decision regarding admittance.

For whom?

Are you a student of Automotive or Mechanical Engineering at an institution for higher professional education, and have you finished or nearly finished your major? Then this minor may be suitable for you. Alternatively, are you taking a different degree programme? Please contact HAN’s minor coordinator to enquire about admission.


Nice to know

In borderline cases regarding entrance level, an intake will be held. The minor coordinator subsequently takes the final decision regarding admittance.


  • The course consists of 2 terms, each with a duration of 9-10 weeks. You will have exams during the two theoretical terms.
  • The modules are assessed by means of written exams, practice reports and assignment reports and/or accompanying products (e.g. a model).
  • The design project is assessed by means of a report and a presentation.
  • The designing skills of the student by means of a performance assessment.


This exchange course has the following schedule and working methods:


The total study load is based on full-time attendance for half an academic year (30 EC) distributed between lessons and about 500 hours for project work and independent study. Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday at office hours.

Working methods

Together with your group, you form a small design team. Your team will be commissioned by an external firm (or equivalent) to (re)engineer the powertrain of a machine or vehicle. Alternatively, cases that are derived from powertrain engineering, in concentrated topicality, may be made available as a project. Throughout the design project you will be expected to consult with the external client and put your acquired knowledge and the expertise of the lecturers to good use.


Relevant literature information is given at the start of the course.

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