WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING
University West is Sweden’s leading university for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The university was tasked with the development of WIL by the Swedish government 15+ years ago and continues to lead the field today. WIL allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice within real-world contexts.
The courses in manufacturing engineering program have been developed in close collaboration with Swedish industry considering the needs of the companies representing the sector. Your courses are taught by instructors that belong to the research group Production Technology West, an internationally recognized research group within the field of manufacturing engineering.
This WIL approach offers you a focus on problem-based learning for industry, with real projects from PTW and partner companies. Your training concludes with an international industry placement or working within the PTW research group, followed by a master’s thesis project in industry or academia.
ADVANCED LABORATORY AND ACCESS TO EXPERTS
As a Manufacturing Engineering student you will have access to the Production Technology Centre (PTC) during your studies. PTC is one of the largest and newest manufacturing laboratories in Sweden.
The PTC has been in the field of manufacturing research for over 20 years. This collaborative platform offers a unique collection of manufacturing and related advanced industrial research technologies:
- Welding technologies (tungsten inert gas, metal active gas, robotised welding, etc.)
- World-leading thermal spraying facilities (plasma- and combustion-based spraying guns)
- CNC milling and turning equipment
- AM-specific technologies (powder bed fusion techniques such as electron beam melting, directed-energy deposition techniques such as laser metal deposition with wire and powder as well as wire-arc, etc.)
- Measurement and control systems for in situ monitoring and inspection
Most research projects at PTC address metallic materials such as high-strength steels, stainless steels, superalloys, aluminium- and titanium-based light materials, metallic and ceramic coatings, biomaterials and nanoengineered materials. PTC is also equipped with advanced materials testing and characterisation laboratories to explore the process-microstructure-properties-performance relationship of the materials.
Testing and characterisation equipment:
- Microstructural inspection and microanalysis including optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
- Geometrical and surface topography assessment using 3D profilometry
- Phase analysis using X-ray diffractometry
- Mechanical testing including microhardness, tensile, creep and fatigue at room and high temperatures
- Thermomechanical simulation and testing using a Gleeble welding simulator
- Weldability testing using Varestraint (Variable-Restraint) technique
- Wear, corrosion, and electrochemical investigations in various environments at room and high temperatures
- Non-destructive testing using ultrasound, X-ray, infrared camera, and eddy current, etc.
- Machining dynamics measurement and test equipment (rotating and stationary dynamometers, impact hammers, accelerometers, …)
You will be introduced to some of the above equipment during your courses, and you may work with some of them, based on the topic of your thesis.
Academic and corporate connections
The PTC is home to University West’s research area Production Technology West (PTW). Here you will have the opportunity to do research and experimental work together with experienced researchers, engineers and technicians in the field. There are many companies linked to our research environment. As a student, you will have the opportunity to be part of cutting-edge research and meet possible future employers.
In addition, you will have the option to perform your industrial placement and thesis work at one of our partner companies or universities abroad.
INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY PLACEMENT AND STUDY
You can spend the second year of your studies abroad in multiple locations in Europe, Asia or South America with a corporate and university partner.
You will complete your industrial placement while continuing to build your theoretical knowledge at a partner university or through our online courses. You will then complete your master’s thesis in collaboration with your choice of the following:
- Your original international industrial placement company
- Another location within the same company (multinational, such as Volvo, with branches in China, India, Europe, etc.)
- A second international company
- An international academic partner
- University West’s PTW
You may also choose to stay in Sweden during your industrial placement. In Sweden, you can choose between working with a Swedish company or within the University West’s PTW.
Your industrial placement will include:
- Joint supervision from one industry and one university expert
- Degree project with scientific questions based on the needs of the company
- Literature review with relevant literature provided by supervisors for a better understating of the field
- Weekly seminars for discussion of project progress and experience with supervisors and classmates
- Oral presentation on methods, technical outcomes of data processing and conclusions of the project, discussed with supervisors and classmates
- A critical response including a peer-review of a colleague’s project
- The written scientific report reviewed by supervisors before final submission
SMALL-SCALE AND PERSONAL
University West offers an intimate campus environment without the usual barriers between academic staff and students. Here, your professors are easily accessible to answer questions, hold discussions and provide individual feedback. The teacher-to-student ratio is higher than at most comparable programmes at other universities.
While large universities have several focus areas, University West’s small size and high quality allow us to dedicate focus and resources to manufacturing engineering. This ensures a high-quality programme as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Students from around the globe come together in your programme to create a unique and international environment. The programme is fully taught in English, and you will study together with students from Sweden as well as international students from Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Most of your instructors also have international experience in both research and education. This will enhance your cultural experience and English-language proficiency.
Besides, you will have the option to spend your second year in an industry placement abroad at one (or more) of our partner companies and universities.
A SOLID job market
Manufacturing industries make up 10-20% of the economy of developed countries; consequently, there is always a high demand for competent manufacturing engineers. Graduates of manufacturing have been employed in companies such as Volvo Group, Sandvik Materials Technology, GKN Aerospace, Tooltec and many other small and large companies. Some of these students have continued their studies in the PhD level, as in addition to a career in industry, your competence in Manufacturing Engineering will open doors to advanced studies and research both in Sweden and abroad.