Academic Content & Certificates
The contents of the program may change. RWTH International Academy reserves the right to make changes to the organization, the staffing or the running of a program that have no major effect on the overall character of the program.
The Institute of General Mechanics (IAM) conducts the academic content. The simulation part covers two weeks of lectures and extensive project work whereas the automation part covers one week of lectures.
Learning Objective | Program Goal
Knowledge and Understanding
- Survey of manufacturing operations
- Manufacturing processes
- Material handling
- Automation and control technologies
- Numercial control
- Industrial control
- Programmable logic controllers
- Industrial robots
- Industrial networking
- Industry 4.0/Smart Factory/Smart Manufacturing
After attending the course, the students will be able to:
- understand the general functions of industrial automation
- understand and describe how industrial robot systems are used, structured and operate,
- understand and describe the structure and operation of robotic tooling, including actuators, mechanics, sensors and industrial wireless technologies,
- identify Practical Programmable Logic Controller Applications
- understand and describe other parts of automated manufacturing systems, including process control, component flows, machine safety and personal safety,
- understand and describe computer-aided production tools and data communication within an industrial robotics network,
- identify fundamental issues within sustainable industrial development from an automation perspective and be able to exemplify the consequences of these.
The course material, its contents, its organization and given examples will demonstrate
- Systematic and Structured thinking
- Handling Complexity
- Evolutionary thinking
- Revolutionary thinking
- Disruptive thinking
- Innovative thinking
Full Description of Modules
The Online Course is divided into lectures on simulation (2/3 of the content) and automation (1/3):
The topic simulation features various exercises in a virtual computer lab. You solve real world problems using industry standard and open source software. Thus, as a participant you acquire a better understanding of methods used in mechanical engineering. Take part in a virtual lab tour of the institute in Aachen in order to gain an insight into current research approaches. The topic automation provides you with an overview of modern automated production systems, covering all the major cutting-edge technologies of production automation. As a result, in this Online Course you try, test and acquire methods used in mechanical engineering which enables you to better use your skill set in the interdisciplinary engineering world.
Automation of production systems and computer integrated manufacturing with introduction to the smart infrastructures that leads to the transformation to Industry 4.0 is a course designed for undergraduate and graduate level students. It exploits the technical and engineering aspects of automating production systems providing a comprehensive and balanced coverage of the subject. It covers all the major cutting-edge technologies of production automation and how these technologies are used to construct modern manufacturing systems. Application examples are integrated throughout the lectures to gain a practical insight.
At the end of the program, students will take part in a written final exam or final presentation about the course contents. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen University stating your final grade.
Certificate and Workload
Certificate of Participation
At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.
Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.
Credits & Workload
Have a look here at the workload of our Summer Schools:
|about 60 hours
||2 ECTS credits can be awarded
|about 90 hours
||3 ECTS credits can be awarded
|about 120 hours
||4 ECTS credits can be awarded
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!