In an increasingly networked world of work, future graduates in specialized fields of employment are immensely sought after. Through three individual specialization courses, prospective students can obtain technology-related qualifications in a highly interdisciplinary Master program at RWTH Aachen University.
The English-taught course "Networked Production Engineering” (NPE) includes three focus areas (tracks), which offer students the opportunity for specialization in their field of interest: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Factory, and E-Mobility.
Additive manufacturing processes are among the major future topics in production technology that will significantly change the processes of product development and production. Complex metal parts successively built up from metal powder with a laser at lightning speed, and molds made in a 3D printer from sand and a binding liquid - these are examples of previously unattainable additive manufacturing methods that can innovate production chains.
There is a high level of industrial, intersectional and international significance attached to additive manufacturing processes in production technology, which is closely linked to strong demand for qualified personnel in the area.
The digitalization of production in "Smart Factories" focuses on the long-term goal of networking all plants, products and processes of a self-organizing factory. As a central component of the future-oriented project "Industry 4.0", it will be used in numerous sectors such as chemistry, automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering. In Germany alone, an estimated additional 80 billion euros in net product will be created by 2025, according to forecasts of by BITKOM and Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization.
The implementation of Industry 4.0 requires skilled workers that are adapted to current as well as future requirements of digital production. Within these future production networks, qualified employees play an important role as problem solvers, experience bearers and decision-makers and are essential as developers of new products and work processes.
The electrification of propulsion systems has developed into a global future-oriented trend, which extends from container ships to aircraft and, of course, the automotive industry. From a production point of view, the challenges and opportunities on the way to e-mobility are very diverse - an integrated product- and production development for new vehicle concepts is a key element. With mechanical engineering as one of the key players in technological change, automotive suppliers and original equipment manufacturers will need skilled engineers with interdisciplinary expertise in the interface to e-mobility.
Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
The Engineering part of the program will be conducted by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University. This faculty sees its foremost mission in training highly qualified and responsible engineers in the broad field of Mechanical Engineering, including Networked Production Engineering, for future leading positions in industry and society. Students will be trained by highly reputed professors to acquire further expertise and in-depth knowledge in the production sector.
The scientific leadership for the master's program in Networked Production Engineering lies with the WZL – Laboratory for Machine Tools of RWTH Aachen University. For many decades now, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering has enjoyed a worldwide reputation for successful and progressive research and innovation in the area of production engineering. Performed in eight different work areas, research activities do not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are developed to rationalize production.
The WZL is also part of the Cluster of Excellence- Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries. In this Cluster of Excellence, more than 20 institutes for material and production technology cooperate at the RWTH Aachen University in conducting research on the fundamentals of a sustainable production strategy. The cluster's aim is to assure production in high-wage countries whilst also taking into account the dynamic framework of a world affected by globalization.
- 2 Year program (4 semesters)
- 120 Credit points
- Master of Science - M.Sc. (RWTH)
- Place of Study: Aachen, Germany
- Fees: 4,500 EUR per semester
- Start: Every year in October
- Application Deadline: Application deadline is 1 March of each year for international students and 15 July for EU/ German students.
- Application Portal: www.applyatrwth.de