The department of Mechanical Engineering and Technologies provides a four -year Bachelor course of study in the field of Modelling, Technologies and Management in the Sewing Industry. The form of education is full.
In the department there are 11 lecturers, including 1 professor, 5 associate professors, two ch. assistant professors PhD, one assistant professor PhD and two assistants.
Research at the department is conducted in several areas:
Examination and design of technical tools in the area of textile engineering, connected with the optimization of the technological parameters of the process of sewing, technical renovation and modernization of small and medium-sized enterprises, improvement of the quality of industrial goods;
Examination and analysis of different systems ( from Bulgaria and abroad) for clothes construction and application of CAD-CAM systems for clothing construction and modelling; examination and comparative analysis of technological solutions for the increase of the purchasing value of the sewing product;
Improvement of the quality of the university education through the implementation of innovative approaches and providing a synthesis between the technical and scientific progress.
The department has teaching laboratories, specialized computer rooms and two technological laboratories for practical training in sewing production. The material and technical foundation, especially in the field of the sewing technologies, is of high quality. The two modern technological laboratories of sewing production are equipped with the necessary conventional and special sewing machines as well as with equipment for moisture-heat treatment. As a result of the cooperative effort of the academic staff and students and their work on different projects the technological laboratories in the department are enriched by newly developed computer-integrated measuring systems for reading the temperature of the textile materials during moisture and heat processing, for examining the thread tension force with universal sewing machines; contemporary technical equipment; modern specialized machines for chain stitch, for cover stitch, for buttonholes, licensed software products – CAD – CAM systems for clothing construction and modeling; systems for clothing construction and modelling CAD ASSYST of Assyst BULLMER and Silhouette Designer of Microdor; software for mechanisms synthesis and analysis etc.
The department cooperates with similar departments in other universities in the country, elite sewing firms as Pirin Text Ltd – Gotse Delchev, Bella Style – Petrich, Evromoda Ltd – Sofia, MiliaJoe Ltd – Blagoevgrad, Rila – Blagoevgrad, Milena Joint-Stock Company – Blagoevgrad, Nov Svyat – Blagoevgrad, as well as with the Branch organization for textile and clothing in Southwestern Bulgaria and the Bulgarian association of the producers and exporters of clothing and textile.