About Karabuk University - Rail Systems Engineering Department

This year, Karabük University will accept students to the newly opened Rail Systems Engineering Department in order to raise competent individuals in the Rail System sector. We are pleased to be the first program to be opened at the undergraduate level for our industry. In fact, to say it first opened programs in Turkey would not be very accurate. Yıldız Technical University was founded in 1911 by the French under the name "Conductor School" to train railroad engineers. However, due to the policies carried out in our country and for various reasons, the university changed its mission and took its current form. Today, we congratulate Karabük University for this great service they have started to train engineers for this sector again.
As it is known, Rail Systems is an industry that includes many branches. So it is very difficult to be a fully rail system engineer by reading a single section. Programs in Europe are divided into branches such as Rail Systems Electricity, Mechanics, Electro-mechanics, Signalization, Vehicle Engineering. As stated in their missions, Karabuk University aims to provide basic education from all departments. However, our opinion is that a student studying in this section should choose a branch at the end of the 4th semester and specialize in a single field at the latest. We think that the university and department officials should work with the sector in this direction. Likewise, it is required that an engineer graduating from this department is required to do a master's degree on Rail Systems in a more special branch. We wish Karabük University to work in this direction in the following years and to start graduate programs.
Although Karabük University aims to provide basic level training in the fields of machinery, electrical-electronics and civil engineering, it is seen that mostly academic courses are focused on mechanics courses. Some of the courses and branches that are intended to be given are as follows:

Course title
Course Credits
Branch of the course
Statik
4
Machine
Introduction to Computer Science
3
Computer
Computer Programming
3
Computer
Material science
3
Machine
Dinamik
4
Machine
Thermodynamics I
3
Machine
Brake Mechanisms
3
Machine
Train Mechanics
3
Machine
Mechanism Technique
2
Machine
Resistance
4
Machine
Rail Systems Electric Electronics
4
 Electric Electronic
Fluid mechanics
3
Machine
Machine Elements
3
Machine
Mechanical Vibrations
3
Machine
Heat transfer
3
Machine
Mechatronics
3
Mechatronics
Measuring Technique
3
 Electric Electronic
Vehicle Dynamics and Control
4
Machine
Thermodynamics II
3
Machine
Hydraulic Machines
3
Machine
Train and Rail Maintenance Principles
4
Construction
Bridges and Tunnels
3
Construction
Railway Communication
3
Communication
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
3
Machine
Vehicle Body Design and Materials
4
Machine

 
Apart from these, the foundations of Rail Systems Engineering, Transport Technology and Economy, Railway Security Standards, Testing and Control of Rail Vehicles, Urban Rail Transportation Systems, Rail Traffic Control, General Rail System Management, Rail Line Planning, etc. are included in the academic program for private courses. In addition, courses on topics such as Locomotives and Wagon Design and Signalization have been taken into the program but the time devoted to these courses is quite low. Especially, the signaling lesson can be given as X Introduction to Signalization Systems Giriş by processing 2 hours per week.
We see that our sector is reviving in our country, new ones are added to the existing urban and inter-city lines, activities such as seminars, symposiums, fairs in this area are made more, more scientific articles are published in universities, large projects are developed and special sections are opened in rail systems. It gives great happiness. In this context, we wish you success in the Department of Rail Systems Engineering in Karabük University and the engineer candidates who will study in this department.

Source: Mustafa Memory

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