Railway Mechanical Engineering

General information

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:

  • general competencies:

    • 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.
  • expert competencies:

    • 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.

Curriculum accredited in 2017.
Course code Course Статус ECTS credits
First year
1st semester
117036 Engineering Mathematics 1 compulsory 7
117060 Fundamentals of Traffic and Transportation compulsory 5
117066 Bussines Economy in Transport Sector elective 5
117076 Computer Science and Informatics compulsory 7
117081 Sociology of Work elective 5
117086 Technical Physics compulsory 6
2nd semester
117013 Ecology elective 5
117025 Business English 1 compulsory 5
117037 Engineering Mathematics 2 compulsory 6
117058 Fundamentals of Mechanics compulsory 7
117061 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering elective 5
117088 Computer Application in Engineering design compulsory 7
Total ECTS credits per year 60
Second year
3rd semester
117026 Business English 2 compulsory 5
117029 Railway vehicles (unpowered) compulsory 6
117039 Kinematics and dynamics compulsory 5
117043 Machine elements compulsory 7
117044 Engineering Materials compulsory 5
117067 Business Ethics elective 4
117079 Traffic and Transportation Law elective 4
4th semester
117006 Urban Rail Systems and Train dynamics compulsory 5
117008 Motive Power - Mechanical Part compulsory 5
117056* Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering compulsory 7
117063 Strength of Materials compulsory 6
117077 Reparation of Machine Elements elective 5
117087 Technical Regulations and Standards elective 5
Total ECTS credits per year 60
Third year
5th semester
117071 Railway Construction, Maintenance, and Inspection Vehicles elective 5
117094 Effects of Radiation on the Living and Working Environment elective 5
117005 Train Traction compulsory 5
117007 Motive Power - Electrical Part compulsory 5
117015 Motive Power Operations 1 compulsory 6
117099 Excursion/Workshops in Real Railway Sector compulsory 5
6th semester
117024 Energy and the Environment elective 7
117047 Metal Constructions elective 7
117016 Motive Power Operations 2 compulsory 5
117040 Railway Vehicles Braking Systems compulsory 5
117049 Maintenance of Railway Vehicles compulsory 7
117104 Student Internship compulsory 3
117109 Bachelor Final Thesis compulsory 7
Total ECTS credits per year 60