Technical systems, be they consumer products or industrial systems for process and production control, have an increasing need for intelligent control.
By extending mechanical solutions with sensors and electronics there are ample possibilities to create not only new functions, but also make these new solutions effective and apply to quality and safety requirements, cost reductions and environmental demands.
The challenge lies in making the control of these systems accurate (precise), fast and yet robust and flexible.
The aim of the programme is to prepare the students for a professional career by providing a broad systems engineering
base, suited to the engineering of complex, computer-controlled (embedded) products and systems, and offering course packages toward subtopics (e.g. control; automation; mechatronics) and/or fields of application.
Applications span a wide spectrum, from small consumer devices and medical equipment to large systems for process and production control.
A basic idea behind the programme is the systems perspective and the general systems engineering skills. The elective part of the programme can be tailored towards an application area or to more fundamental topics in control, automation or mechatronics.
A striking example of the current development can be found in the automotive area, where modern passenger cars increasingly depend on the integration of the car’s mechanical subsystems with a substantial amount of embedded computers, sensors, actuators, and communication devices, making it possible to create cars with active safety functions and new propulsion systems. Other evolving fields of this discipline is HVDC power transmission to minimize loss in the grid and intelligent robots for households and industry, to name a few.
To ensure development within the field, all these systems depend on engineers making them precise, effective, flexible, fast and safe. As a student you will become able to contribute to the development that will lead to the integration of functions for sensing, monitoring and control with a wide range of products and systems.
We prepare you for a professional career by providing a broad systems engineering base. In the basic courses our focus lies in developing your engineering skills on a system level; Discrete event systems, Modelling and simulation, Linear control system design, Embedded control systems and Design project. In the elective part of the programme, we offer course packages toward subtopics e.g. control, automation and mechatronics and/or fields of application.
In collaboration with Universität Stuttgart, we also offer you a possibility to pursue a double degree.
The programme leads to a wide range of career opportunities with emphasis on operation, design, development and research of complex technical systems within almost any branch of industry. In fact, the generality of many of the methods offers great opportunities in terms of choosing among many different application domains. The acquired skills are needed at manufacturing companies, supplier companies, consulting firms and utility companies.
Job roles range from applied research to product and system development and operation, as well as extend to sales support and product planning. In addition, other career opportunities may arise as academic researchers, technical advisors, project managers and teachers at different levels.