WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING
University West is Sweden’s leading university when it comes to 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.
Your specialisation in metal additive manufacturing has been built in close collaboration with Swedish industry and is founded on the needs of leading companies operating in this sector. Your courses and instructors are based in the active research of Production Technology West (PTW), internationally recognised for work in production processes in the manufacturing industry.
The university’s 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 work within the PTW research group, followed by a master’s thesis project in industry or academia.
ADVANCED LABORATORIES AND ACCESS TO EXPERTS
As a metal additive manufacturing specialist you will have access to our Production Technology Centre (PTC) during your studies. PTC is one of the largest and most updated manufacturing laboratories in Sweden.
The PTC has been supporting the work of experts in metal additive manufacturing for over 15 years. This collaborative platform offers a unique collection of additive manufacturing and related advanced industrial research technologies:
- AM-specific technologies (powder bed fusion techniques with electron beam, directed-energy deposition techniques such as laser metal deposition with wire and powder as well as wire-arc)
- Welding technologies (tungsten inert gas, metal active gas and laser welding)
- World-leading thermal spraying facilities (plasma- and combustion-based spraying guns)
- Subtractive manufacturing/machining equipment such as a five-axis universal machining centre
- Measurement and control systems for in situ monitoring and inspection
Ongoing research projects at PTC address materials such as nickel-based superalloys, aluminium- and titanium-based light materials, stainless steels, metallic and ceramic coatings, high temperature metals/alloys, biomaterials and nanoengineered materials. PTC is also equipped with advanced materials testing and characterisation laboratories to explore the process-microstructure-properties-performance relationships involving the above materials.
Testing and characterisation equipment
- Materials preparation equipment such as low-speed precision cutting machines, automatic polishers, vibratory polishers
- Microstructural inspection and microanalysis including optical, stereo and scanning electron microscopes
- 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
- Controlled-atmosphere furnaces
- Non-destructive testing using ultrasound, X-ray, infrared camera and eddy current
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 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 come into contact with future employers.
INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY PLACEMENT AND STUDY
You can chose to spend the second year of your studies abroad in single or 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 corporations with branches in China, India, Europe, etc.)
- A second international company
- An international academic partner
- University West’s PTW
You may also chose to stay in Sweden for your industrial placement. In Sweden, you’ll have the choice 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
- 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
- Critical response including a peer-review of a colleague’s project
- Written scientific report reviewed by supervisors before final submission
SPECIALISED 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 focus on and dedicate resources to a few prioritised/selected areas, such as metal additive manufacturing/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 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America. Most of your instructors also have international experience in both research and education. This will enhance your cultural experience and English-language proficiency.
You can add to this international experience by opting to spend your second year in an industry placement abroad at one (or more) of our partner companies and universities.
A STRONG JOB MARKET
Additive manufacturing is predicted to grow from a global market of over $5 billion in 2019 to more than $11 billion in 2021 – more than doubling in just two years.
The job market for metal additive manufacturing engineers is extremely good. As a specialist in a rapidly expanding field of technology where innovation is prioritised, you will have many options: advanced research in academia or a career in industry, both in Sweden and abroad.