Why study Advanced Precision Engineering?

  • Know-how and skills required for future-oriented, high-tech areas of high-precision macro, micro and nanotechnology
  • Professors in the research areas of machining, production engineering, control technology and design at HFU carry out numerous third-party-funded research projects, have published hundreds of papers including in highly respected peer-reviewed journals, and supervise several doctoral candidates
  • Knowledge and skills which can be applied at the interface between mechanical engineering and mechatronics mean outstanding career perspectives
  • First-class teaching staff with both and academic and industry background
  • Small groups and personal supervision

Programme content

(c) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ketterer

Precision engineering is a key technology, and as such is one of the most important means of creating new applications in the areas of optimation and development. It will play a leading role on the national and international market in the future due to the constantly increasing demand for Advanced Precision Engineering in the following areas:

  • Mechanical engineering and industrial production generally
  • Medical engineering
  • Automobile industry and automobile engineering
  • Electronics and electrical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Drive engineering
  • Measurement and sensor technology

This is the result of the increasing trend to miniaturize and improve surfaces, the achievement of higher levels of efficiency through energy-optimized processes, and the manufacture of  high-precision free-form surfaces and 3D components of a very high, sometimes optical, quality, with noticeably reduced tolerances.

As cutting-edge technology, ultra-precision machining makes it possible to realize the highest demands of quality and precision, micro and nano-scale machining and the redesign and miniaturization of tools and components with high surface and tolerance requirements at submicrometer scale.

Through miniaturization, greater demands are made on assembly components, systems and production plants. New, innovative machining processes with higher efficiency, precision and process reliability must be developed for advanced materials, resistant materials and superalloys, while at the same time achieving the highest removal rates with the highest surface quality.

Students can be involved in current research projects and are given research and application-oriented access to technical applications in ultra-precision engineering.

Most important areas

Production and process optimization through new, modern production processes, materials engineering and materials use, surface and coating techniques, highly efficient tooling technologies, hybrid lightweight engineering, modern drive and control systems, simulation technology, automation and robotics.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Solid grounding and analytical skills in precision engineering and in the development of high-precision machine tools and manufacturing processes
  • Good understanding of systems and processes
  • Recognition and implementation of engineering challenges
  • Implementation of requirements of precision engineering in production cells, drive technology, tools and materials, measurement instruments, products and processes taking environmental, energetic and sustainable aspects into consideration
  • Design of high-precision machine tools and production plant taking dynamic factors into consideration
  • Design of drive technology with modern, future-oriented control concepts
  • Finding of design and production technology based solutions
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mechanical engineering and connected subjects
  • Ability to design or develop suitable technical solutions taking into consideration the particular aspects of the interrelationships between design, development and design, production and process
  • Ability to gather complex data and to critically evaluate and present such data
  • Ability to evaluate and take into consideration the effect on society and science of results, decisions and developments
  • Ability to recognize the limits of current technical advances and of development trends in mechanical engineering
  • Ability to learn independently how to use new technologies
  • Ability to interpret technical interrelationships from planning to design and the production process

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Teamworking particularly in multidisciplinary and international work, research and development groups
  • Ability to work independently to make responsible decisions based on scientific principles, taking societal, academic and ethical results into consideration
  • Ability to make confident, fast decisions in critical situations
  • Ability to manage groups and departments in design, R&D, manufacture/production and technical sales
  • Ability to define development goals and focus of product range

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Ability to see complex, multidisciplinary interrelationships at the interface between design/production and process, linking them in a broader contact and solving them
  • Ability to cooperate with engineers in various specialized areas, management and technical sales, as well as customers and suppliers
  • Ability to explain complex technical content clearly and concisely
  • Presentation of development and research results
  • Ability to make customer presentations and demonstrations
  • Academic skills
  • Project management and team leadership