Intense competition is putting pressure on machine builders to deliver machines with higher output, reduced operating cost, and increased safety.
Increasing demands on the productivity of complex systems, such as manufacturing machines, requires the application of new methods in the product development process. Mechatronic system design is gaining popularity in the machine design process and it is a key approach in the product process of productive life cycle efficient machines.
In the Master’s Program of Mechatronic System Design you will be familiarized with the design and simulation of modern mechatronic machines, which comprise a mechanical system, power transmission (hydraulic, electric, pneumatic or hybrid) and a digital control system.
You will learn about environmentally conscious design and development of new technologies to solve current and future global problems. Your study curriculum will also include functional principles of sustainable machines such as electric drives, and you will learn how to design them.
The ability to create virtual prototypes is a critical aspect of the mechatronics approach because it helps engineers and scientists explore machines before they are built. In this program you will be able to apply simulation tools to analyze demanding machine systems.
This expertise can be applied to the most demanding research and development processes of the global industry. The use of simulation tools in design and development has increased in popularity throughout recent decades and there seems to be no decrease in interest in sight due to more efficient computational tools and more expensive prototyping costs.
In this program you will acquire extensive knowledge in the fields of design, hydraulics, control, dynamics and the simulation of machines. You will also become familiarized with programming and the application of numerical methods, both required in different fields of mechanical engineering.
All sessions of the program will be available online. You will be able to participate in the program according to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) principle.
Degree: Master of Science in Technology Extent of studies: 120 credits Duration: 2 academic years Studies begin: September Language of instruction English
After completing this master’s program you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in the design and development of modern mechatronic machines.
- be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of dynamics of mechatronic machines, simulation tools and usage of them, multidisciplinary product development process
- have adopted the principles of applying theoretical methods into practice using virtual tools
- be able to work with others in task-orientated groups participating and interacting in the group in a productive manner
- be able to logically think through industrial research and development problems and solve them, to contribute to innovative thinking
- be able to understand the needs and special features of other disciplines out of your core competence in mechanical engineering
The program includes core studies, specialization studies, minor studies and elective studies.
Core studies (35 ECTS credits) include studies on research methods, structural materials, industrial manufacturing processes, reliability engineering design, management and leadership skills.
Specialization studies (60 ECTS credits) include topics on mechatronics, electrical motion control systems, machine dynamics and simulation.
Minor studies (25 ECTS credits) include optional minor subjects in mechanical engineering: modern manufacturing, advanced digital laser based photonic production, advanced materials engineering and sustainability. Minor subject can also be selected from other minor subjects available.
The Master’s thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialization studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree program.
Double degree studies for students from partner universities
Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree program receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
Mechatronic System Design program’s double degree partner universities are:
- Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plasma Physics, China
- Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
- Samara University, Russia
- St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia
- St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
- St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
Graduates from Mechatronic System Design Master’s Program play a key role in developing more advanced products and modern technology.
Your expertise will enable you to work in research and development projects in global industry. Regardless of the industry or location of the machines and systems being developed, designed, and manufactured, you will possess the knowledge and skills to be part of the product development process.
The sustainability of engineering work is taken carefully into consideration and is a key factor in any future innovations.
On the development side, you will acquire an understanding of efficient and sustainable design processes, you will be able to use the most appropriate design and simulation tools, and you will obtain experience that you will need to work as a project manager in research and development projects.
In the field of research, you will learn extensively about simulation methods, the working principles of mechatronic actuators, and basic knowledge of control engineering, allowing you to pursue a doctoral degree.
Your future career may be in a company, such as Ponsse, ABB, Metso, Wärtsilä, Valtra, Patria, or Rolls-Royce, which are very active in developing better machines for future needs.