After completing the course, students will have an idea about the mindset, the problems, and the tasks of production and logistics management in the automotive industry, and discover trade-offs like those between product design, custom orientation, logistics, and production. Thus that experience will enable them not only to focus their attention on broadening their knowledge of pure engineering, design, or development, but will also enable them to perceive and understand the dependencies and effects of their engineering work on other functions.

Students discuss specific tasks and problems concerning production and supply chain management and learn how to use well-chosen methods to solve related tasks and to prevent related problems.

Students will gain a deeper understanding in management tasks and skills in a technical environment, consider how the dilemma and polylemma have to be balanced, and speculate on the optimization of production systems. Included in the overall program are visits to production plants such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and BMW as well as technology-oriented museums as the German Museum in Munich.

Thus students are able to deal with problems and tasks and have the ability and knowledge to act with self-assurance in production and supply chain environments

 

40 contact hours

Syllabus

Robotics

In the automotive industry, the manufacturing of cars is a process which is highly automated with most steps being executed by robots and computer controlled machines. The aim of the course is to provide an insight into the basic principles of programming and computer science which are used to operate such robots.

8 contact hours

Syllabus

 

 

Laser Materials Processing

Laser Materials Processing plays a significant and further increasing role in advanced automotive production. This can be explained through its various advantageous properties, such as high processing speeds or low heat inputs to the work pieces. Educational objective is a basic understanding of laser technology and laser materials processes and thus the capability to plan and to technologically accompany its applications in production.

Focus will be on: Welding and cutting for B-I-W. Welding, cladding, hardening for powertrain parts. Materials processes for the car interior.

The lecture includes the possibility of supplementary practical demonstrations in the lab for the participants.

8 contact hours

Syllabus

 

 

Sustainable Mobility

The automotive industry is one of the key industries of the world. It is faced with the increasing challenge to become more sustainable i.e. reduce CO2-emissions etc.

The lecture focuses on the aspect of sustainable operation and drive technologies and leaves aside other sustainability aspects such as recycling and noise emission. On the other hand the system aspect of alternative drive technologies is pointed out – e.g. local and global emissions or the interconnection between automotive, energy and telecommunication industries.

In the beginning the worldwide climate situation is shortly explained and some basic technical terms are clarified. Then the fundamental technical options to reach more sustainability are presented and discussed always using concrete examples. These options are reduction of running resistances, efficient conventional drives, alternative and renewable fuels, and electric or hybrid vehicles. A comparison of state of the art conventional and electric drive systems is shown, advantages and disadvantages of either technology discussed.

Electrified two-wheelers (E-bikes) are presented as an example of successful implementation or sustainable electromobility. Summary and outlook to future developments.

8 contact hours

Syllabus

 

 

Automotive ECU Development

Innovative features in vehicles like driver assistance functions heavily rely on connectivity. Automotive environment leads to specific requirements towards the communication systems. In particular, functional safety must be observed and real time capability has to be regarded.

The course deals with some fundamental concepts of automotive bus systems and gives an introduction to the Controller Area Network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN), and FlexRay. Students will get to know the application fields for these systems and gain an understanding of the design principles. Some hands-on experiments with tools sum up the course program.

8 contact hours

Syllabus

 

 

Cyber Physical Systems

The increasing complexity and dynamics of today’s marketplace create an environment in which it is difficult for companies to produce technology-based innovations and market them successfully. Moreover, this environment dramatically increases the uncertainty of technology and innovation management activities. Against this backdrop, a company’s systematic technology-, innovation-, and product management is increasingly important for success in these countervailing realities. Based on the fundamentals of technology-, innovation-, and product management, the students should understand a holistic process model in a compact manner with particular focus on technology innovation and uncertainty. This integrated consideration of technology innovation management and product management within an interdisciplinary approach should enable the students to analyse and discuss critical issues in the domain. This position is important for practice-oriented research and work in the field of technology innovation and product management.

8 contact hours

Syllabus

Beginner

This course is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of German or those who have had only very little contact with the language.

By the end of the course students will be able to understand commonly used sentences and expressions and be able to make themselves understood in situations related to everyday life, e.g. personal information (where they come from, their education or work) and family, shopping, the immediate environment, describing things they like. They have gained an overview and understanding of the most important aspects of German history and culture, the idea of Europe and its political structures in the decision making process as well as an in the structure of the automotive industry as an important part of the German economy. 

30 contact hours

Syllabus

 

 

Advanced

This course is aimed at students with a language level of A1 or higher.

Students can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Students starting with a higher language level than A1 will additionally be provided with appropriately challenging course material and tasks in order to improve their language skills. The final exam will be adjusted individually at the discretion of the course instructor. 

By the end of the course students will be able to understand commonly used sentences and expressions and be able to make themselves understood in situations related to everyday life, e.g. personal information (where they come from, their education or work) and family, shopping, the immediate environment, describing things they like. They have gained an overview and understanding of the most important aspects of German history and culture, the idea of Europe.

30 contact hours

Syllabus

Students from our partner universities Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh University, Rutgers University and University of Massachusetts Lowell are guaranteed 9 credits for successful completion of the full program.

Course block A: Production Management & Supply Chain Management
Requirement: written closed book exam, 3 credits

Course block B: Engineering in Manufacturing
Requirement: two written closed book exams, 3 credits

Course block C: German as a Foreign Language
Requirement: written closed book exam, 3 credits

 

Students from other universities must arrange for credit transfer with their home university in conjunction with Pforzheim University. Please contact us for further information.

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