In autumn 2015, the Bachelor programme Smart Engineering of Production Technologies and Processes is going to start at St. Pölten UAS. It is going to be the first dual study programme in East Austria. In this kind of study programme companies and universities instruct students together. With regard to the content the study programme focuses on new digital technologies in the industry – summarized it’s about keywords like Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory. Companies are invited to participate via cooperation.
The digitalisation of parts of the environment and the introduction of new technologies in information, communication and media entail enormous changes for the industry – in short, the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, Advanced Engineering or Smart Factory. The St. Pölten UAS lives up to this development by offering the therefore necessary academic programme Smart Engineering of Production Technologies and Processes.
A special feature of this programme is its dual organisational structure where practical training and placement phases at cooperating companies are integrated parts of the curriculum. “Companies and the UAS instruct together. This organisation is similar to an apprenticeship where companies and vocational schools provide the training together. In contrast to that the training here happens at university level. Thus, the study programme and the profession are even more tightly linked than common extra-occupational study programmes.” explains Franz Fidler, head of the established study programme Digital Media Technologies at the St. Pölten UAS and head of the development team of the new study programme Smart Engineering.
A two model programme
This study programme offered by the St. Pölten UAS is the first programme in East Austria based on a dual educational concept. Every year, 30 places for beginners are available for this new technical engineering study programme – all in all, for a total number of 90 students. The dual study programme can either be completed in six or in seven semesters – the latter version should help combine studies, work and private life more easily. A third of all lectures are held in English.
“Due to this study programme the St. Pölten UAS expands its innovative study programmes and even makes a further step forward towards growths and strategic development. The new concept of the dual study programme shows that the St. Pölten UAS welcomes current developments in the field of higher education and takes a leading role in new didactics”, emphasizes Monika Vyslouzil, head of the University Council at St. Pölten UAS.
Cooperation with companies
Cooperating companies are the basis of this dual study programme. They provide the places for internships during the course. Applicants for Smart Engineering of Production Technologies and Processes may already be employed in these companies or may apply for a place in the course at one of the cooperating companies. Here, an agreement of cooperation between companies and the UAS forms the basis.
Currently, the St. Pölten UAS is looking for further cooperating companies. First talks have already been successful, but the group of participating companies is still to be expanded. Interested companies are invited to come forward.
“Economy and praxis have already been strongly integrated in teaching and research at the St. Pölten UAS before. Yet, numerous talks with people from the industry show that already in the start up of the study programme the intensity and quality of these co-operations have remarkably been improved.”, says Hannes Raffaseder, head of IC\M/T - Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies at St. Pölten UAS and part of the team developing the study programme.
Engineers of tomorrow
Graduates of Smart Engineering are formed for the conception, evaluation, development and realisation of technologies and processes in the industrial production sector: They work as experts in classical areas of plant engineering, production, production logistics, technical informatics, measurement technique, control engineering, automatic control engineering, industrial security and cooperating branches as well as key experts in related fields of expertise like mechatronics, mechanical engineering, simulation, or electric engineering / electronics.
Through a focus on autonomous working in varying team situations during the study programme graduates particularly work in technical project management and process management in the field of industrial production. Students can choose between two focuses: “Smart Manufacturing” for the field of production, optimization and human-machine-interaction as well as “Smart Automation” for the field of networked industrial production and industrial security in internal and external production processes.
Contact for companies which would like to become a part of this study programme as cooperating partner
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fidler, head of development team for Smart Engineering (E-Mail)
These new university places being subject to accreditation by AQ Austria, are assigned by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.