Industrial Engineering and Management (M.Eng.)

Start of studies: summer semester 2021!
Overview of the planned master’s programme

The Industrial Engineering and Management master’s degree programme is offered as a follow-on master’s programme in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Engineering (MB/VS). By successfully completing the degree programme, students will receive the title of Master of Engineering (M.Eng).

The unique selling point of this programme is the opportunity to study part-time and to follow an interdisciplinary programme comprising both business and technical content. This is intended to open up access to this master’s programme to graduates from the Mechanical Engineering (MB) and International Business and Technology (IBT) programmes and to industrial engineers. With the focus on part-time study, this programme is aimed primarily at graduates who are already employed and want to return to the university for a master’s degree without having to give up their jobs in industry completely. Likewise, students who are unable to pursue full-time studies due to other commitments such as childcare, caring for relatives, etc. have the opportunity to obtain further qualifications.

In order to provide a part-time programme, a large part of the course components is made available digitally or online. Phases of the programme requiring physical presence are planned to supplement and offer practical consolidation of e-learning content.

The master’s degree programme comprises 90 ECTS credits. The regular part-time study programme comprises 15 ECTS credits per semester (semesters 1-4) plus a master’s thesis (including a master’s seminar) of 30 ECTS credits (semesters 5-6). This timescale represents maximum durations and can be shortened in individual cases in line with the students’ living and working situations.

Following a general component comprising “Basic modules”, the course is then divided into two optional specializations: the Simulation specialization allows students to deepen their understanding of the methods for the virtual safeguarding of production processes and production infrastructures. This specialization is primarily aimed at bachelor’s graduates from the field of mechanical engineering. The Management specialization focuses on business management issues of monitoring and controlling operative processes and strategic corporate development. This specialization is mainly aimed at students who have achieved a bachelor’s degree in IBT or industrial engineering.

Content overview of “Industrial Engineering”

“Industrial engineering” refers to a field of work that deals with the design, planning, implementation, and optimization of production processes within companies.

The content of the master’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management focuses on the areas of industrial engineering in the product development process (see Figure 1): In parallel to product development, companies also work to develop production processes, plants, and infrastructures. In order to develop an optimal production environment, companies today use a large number of complex simulation methods. (under the Simulation specialization). Once a production environment has been developed and set up, production operations begin following the “Start of Production” (SOP). In this (mostly international) environment, all the factors that affect efficient production must be monitored and controlled. In addition, strategic decisions must be made on how the company wants to assert itself in the market and competition in the future (under the Management specialization).

In the joint study programme, graduates acquire skills and knowledge in the following areas

-       Developing a production setup

-       Planning and controlling production and logistics

-       Standardizing production processes

-       New manufacturing technologies

-       Global production and logistics networks

-       Digitalizing industrial processes (Industry 4.0)

The Simulation specialization leads students to gain comprehensive skills in the simulation of production processes and production infrastructures such as virtual commissioning, robot simulation, forming simulation, or material flow simulation.

On the other hand, the Management specialization provides students with in-depth skills in controlling and monitoring these production processes and in further strategic development of production and companies.

This allows graduates to take with them the exact interdisciplinary skills required for the digital shift in industrial production of the future.

Overview of the planned curriculum

The planned curriculum presented below includes 40 ECTS credits of joint studies for both specializations and 20 ECTS credits in the respective specialization. In addition, 30 ECTS credits are given for the master’s thesis, including the master’s seminar.

Both specializations comprise mainly technical modules, which is why the degree conferred is Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

The study programme does not include any electives (except for the specialization). Course components run once a year and are equally divided across the winter and summer semesters. Each module comprises 5 ECTS credits (=LP) and is self-contained.

Who is this aimed at?

This new degree programme is mainly aimed at bachelor’s graduates of the Mechanical Engineering (MB) and International Business and Technology (IBT) programmes at Nuremberg Tech. The degree programme is also open to students of industrial engineering or related fields. The specialization that IBT students may have chosen during their bachelor’s degree is not relevant for admission to the degree programme.

As the course is run as a part-time programme, it is mainly aimed at employed graduates and those with other commitments. Nevertheless, the programme may also be of interest to full-time students, as it offers the option of studying more than the planned 15 ECTS credits per semester. This is especially true for graduates of the IBT bachelor’s degree programme who cannot find a suitable master’s degree programme at Nuremberg Tech. These are students who currently have to switch to other universities in the region.

Career profile, demand on the labour market

Graduates of the master’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management primarily find work in the fields of production development, production operations, and production management.

Today, large departments in manufacturing companies are focussing on the planning and development of production infrastructure. Graduates who opt for the Simulation specialization will be able to make a significant contribution to these departments through their in-depth knowledge of production development. In particular, the increasing use of simulations to safeguard planning and development processes makes these graduates very attractive staff for companies.

Graduates who choose the Management specialization are particularly suited to technical and management tasks in ongoing production operations. They bring with them production-specific skills and a sound knowledge of how to monitor and control production operations. They are also suited to working in an international environment, making them sought-after staff for manufacturing companies.

There is real demand on the labour market. Leading companies in the region have assured us that, on the one hand, the idea of part-time studies is a very interesting further qualification for their staff, while, on the other hand, the knowledge of process simulation and process control conveyed in the degree programme is increasingly required by staff to tackle production processes in need of further optimization and more complex global production networks.

Added value compared to those with bachelor’s degrees

The Industrial Engineering and Management degree programme enhances students’ knowledge in their specializations in production development and production management through scientific requirements. This prepares graduates to work in a scientific or science-related field. Furthermore, they also formally meet the hiring requirements often required for the relevant activities (management level production development, planning, and control). Gaining the M.Eng. degree also gives students the possibility of moving on to study for a doctorate.

 

03/06/2020

Prof. Philipp Gölzer

MB/VS Faculty