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Materials Technology and Manufacturing: a combination of creativity, mechanical engineering and chemistry

Details of the bachelor's programme

The 7-semester Materials Technology and Manufacturing study programme combines the disciplines of materials science and testing, materials technology, metals, plastics ceramics, surface and production engineering, design and quality assurance. Students gain an understanding of the properties of various materials and knowledge of the targeted development of new materials, production technologies and processes. Specialization in the areas of material or manufacturing in higher semesters makes future cross-sector employment  – either as a materials engineer or as a manufacturing engineer possible.

Areas of employment after graduation are, for example, in development, quality management or in production in companies or institutes. You will simulate the behaviour of materials, optimize production processes and monitor quality. You will consult with customers on the choice of materials, ensure the quality of materials from suppliers and analyze production defects or customer complaints.

An internship semester is carried out in the 4th semester.

Materials Technology and Manufacturing – a programme powered by industry

On the University Campus in Tuttlingen you study in cooperation with 100 companies. So the Materials Technology and Manufacturing programme is practical and offers excellent career opportunities:

  • Introduction to materials engineering through visits to companies
  • Practicals in the labs of the Tuttlingen Faculty of  Industrial Technologies
  • Practicals in the labs of cooperating companies
  • Project work in cooperation with companies
  • Lecture series run with industry specialists
  • Mentoring by specialists and management from industry

Degree awarded

The degree is awarded after successful completion of the bachelor's thesis in the 7th semester. The degree awarded is: Bachelor of Science in Materials Technology and Manufacturing (BSc).

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - Materials Technology and Manufacturing (WFT), Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Subject knowledge and skills

  • Solid grounding in principles of mathematics, natural science and engineering
  • Ability to develop products and components and to design component layouts for mechanical and medical engineering using appropriate materials and material-appropriate production processes
  • Ability to plan and monitor production processes and production lines taking into account mechanical, physical, chemical and thermal properties of materials
  • Understanding of quality in mass and custom production, and application of systematic methods of materials testing and evaluation of flaws
  • Ability to define quality criteria for purchasing specifications and material and supplier approvals

Transferable skills

  • Goal-oriented, interdisciplinary thinking
  • Self-directed learning accepting responsibility for individual actions
  • Confident manner and presentation skills
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Reflective interpersonal and teamworking skills
  • Cost-conscious attitude and working methods

Employability skills

  • Industrial commerce (supplier approval and development, definition of quality criteria and purchasing specifications, etc.)
  • Product and material development (material selection, component design, etc.)
  • Quality assurance (Material analysis and testing, definition of production tolerances, etc.)
  • Production (e.g. material-appropriate production processes, definition of production chain)
  • Process and management consultant