Welcome to FMS, a polytechnical college covering Southern Denmark
Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering (FMS) has two campuses in Southern Denmark, one in Fredericia and one in Esbjerg.
FMS trains operation and maintenance engineers within the Danish education maskinmester, a Bachelor’s degree in engineering The college has approximately 500 engineering students at 2 campuses. The main campus is in Fredericia, situated in a nerve centre of transportation, production and exports. At this location you also find the college’s knowledge centre specialising in operation and maintenance. The second campus is in Esbjerg on Denmark’s west coast, a city known as Denmark’s energy metropolis.
Fredericia is part of the so-called Triangle Region in the heart of Denmark, which is an area defined by industry and growth. Furthermore, the Port of Fredericia is a dynamic shipping hub with a large container terminal.
Esbjerg is known for its vibrant oil and gas industry and the ever-expanding offshore industry. Denmark’s most significant players on the global energy market are based in Esbjerg. Furthermore, the Port of Esbjerg is the leading port in Europe when it comes to shipping wind turbines.
We are pleased to say that even though FMS has grown into a school of a considerable size, we still manage to maintain an intimate study environment. Our values are vital. They are: Competence, innovation, closeness and commitment.
Currently, FMS only offers programmes in Danish.
Study groups are a vital part of being a student at FMS
The OME Bachelor's Programme
The term maskinmester is virtually impossible to translate into English. However, regardless of their line of business, most maskinmester graduates are employed for operation and/or maintenance purposes, which is why the college has chosen the title operation and maintenance engineers in English, OME for short.
The OME Bachelor’s programme as has a duration of 3-4½ years, depending on the student’s background. Graduates achieve level 6 qualifications according to the European Qualifications Framework*
- For students with an upper secondary educational background, the education lasts 4½ years and commences with a workshop course where the student acquires a range of practical skills. The workshop constitutes the first three semesters of the education including an internship.
- For students with a practical vocational background (craftsmen) but no upper secondary education, there is a preparatory course that comprises upper secondary supplementary education.
- Students who have both an upper secondary and a vocational background begin their education without undergoing the workshop or introduction course.
The three-year theoretical programme (fourth to ninth semester) consists of 180 ECTS in total, including a compulsory 15 ECTS (3 months) Bachelor’s internship during the final semester.
The primary subjects of the theoretical part of the programme are:
- Electrical and electronic systems, 25 ECTS
- Electrical supply, distribution and installations, 20 ECTS
- Thermal machinery, 40 ECTS
- Process automation, 15 ECTS
- Management, 20 ECTS
- Interdisciplinary subjects, 10 ECTS
- Electives, 20 ECTS
- Internship, 15 ECTS
- Bachelor’s project, 15 ECTS
Each subject is elaborated; e.g. thermal machines comprises of combustion engines, power plants, refrigeration, ventilation etc.
Electrical engineering includes the authorization as electrical contractor.
FMS offers four electives, from which the student must choose one.
The electives are:
- Maritime elective. The elective focuses ships safety and security, maritime technology, marine protection, the maritime industry and vessel management.
- Offshore Energy. The elective teaches aspects of drilling, production, wind farms, safety etc.
- Industry and Management. Consists of project management, maintenance management, LEAN, robot technology, etc. This elective is targeted to the onshore based industry and consultancy sector.
- Data Centre Programme. Consists of maintenance management, LEAN, Energy and Environment Optimisation, datacentre infrastructure, security, etc.
Although FMS has two campuses, we are a fairly small organisation compared to other places of higher education. We regard our size as one of our strengths. We are proud to say that we still manage to maintain an intimate study environment. Students and employees alike know each other, and thus no one is just another face in the crowd.
One of our key values is closeness, and this is what attracts many of our students to the school. We practice a policy of open doors, meaning that students are always welcome to contact counsellors, lecturers, and even management.
Outside of the Bachelor’s programme, our students are given a number of responsibilities, and they have a direct influence on the study environment at FMS.
Students on the 5th semester run the so-called Friday bar, a place for students to let their hair down and socialise with their fellow students. The money earned by selling beverages and snacks are used to cover some of the expenses for the study trip on the 6th semester. The study trip is planned entirely by the students themselves and usually takes the class abroad. They schedule visits to e.g. production companies and power stations, and they book accommodation.
Furthermore, one person from each class holds a seat on the student council, and the chair of the student council from each FMS campus holds a seat on FMS’ board of directors. So when we say that students are able to have a direct influence on their place of education, we mean it.
During the ninth and last semester, the student spends approximately three months as an intern in a company where they usually collect data for the final Bachelor’s project. Many of FMS’ students are fortunate enough to be offered employment with the company where they did their internship. Thus, a large proportion of every graduating class has already begun their career as they graduate.
Due to the academic breadth of the OME Bachelor's programme, FMS graduates are able to perform a wide variety of tasks and as such, they find employment in an equally wide variety of industries. They are usually responsible for the operation and maintenance of an array of different technical facilities. These technical facilities can be found both offshore and onshore – aboard ships, in plants and in factories. The primary task of the OME is to ensure that the technical facilities and installations operate at an optimal level as to safety, operating economy and the environment.
They are often in charge of establishing and coordinating cooperation between different and often highly specialized professional groups. The maskinmester is thus a technical manager who is able to initiate and implement change in technical and technological organizations.
In Denmark, out of the total number of OMEs, 37 percent are employed within sales and consultancy, 35 percent are employed at e.g. manufacturing companies, 12 percent are employed within the maritime sector, 11 percent are employed within energy supply, water supply or sanitation, and finally 5 percent are employed within construction.
We call the OME programme the “broadest technical management education in Denmark”, and there is a reason for that. Our graduates are employed in a wide range of industries, and they find employment all over the world.
Would you like to offer an internship to a student?
We would be delighted if you would consider offering an internship for one of our students doing their final Bachelor’s project. When companies take in an intern from FMS, they get a student with a solid foundation within all the topics from the programme’s palette. The student is thus prepared to take on challenges within the company and use those as inspiration for their project. An added benefit for the company is that an intern is an extra resource, as you will likely gain new knowledge from the work and the Bachelor’s project.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Contact: Internship coordinator Niels T. Haastrup
Phone: +45 26 17 81 62