Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (Machine and Production Automation)

This Kortrijk-based Engineering Technology programme is organized by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and has a unique profile. Our graduates design creative solutions to problems and develop new machines and production systems in various disciplines.

Bachelor's Programme
3 year 180 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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A Machine and Production Automation engineer designs the machines that form the basis for an automated industry, the so-called Industry 4.0. In this industrial environment of the future, smart products will communicate with smart machines based on a unique code. These machines are efficient and versatile thanks to a combination of electromechanical design and intelligence. These moving machines make products or perform tasks in a fast, intelligent and sustainable manner. Widely known examples are robots and cobots, automated vehicles (AGV), 3D printers and all advanced production machinery. They are the foundation of a new competitive industry.

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Admission into the programme is subject to taking a benchmark test (in Dutch).

For whom

Needless to say, an outspoken interest in mathematics, sciences and technology is indispensable for all those wishing to start any engineering programme. Other important assets are motivation, perseverance and creativity.

Prospective students with a secondary school education in engineering technology (in Dutch: industriële wetenschappen), mathematics or science come to the programme well-prepared. Our prospective students can test their prior knowledge by means of a self-assessment and the benchmark test.

During the first three terms of the curriculum we cover the mathematical topics from the secondary school curriculum in a more in-depth manner, as well as introduce new topics. A solid basic knowledge of mathematics is a prerequisite for most of the other course units, too.

Prior knowledge of course units such as mechanics, electricity and chemistry is good to have but not a prerequisite.

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  • Bachelor

The first year offers a common curriculum for all Ghent- and Kortrijk-based Engineering Technology programmes at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, with the exception of Industrial Design Engineering Technology. We introduce you to the different engineering disciplines. Later on in your career, this will allow you to communicate with colleagues across disciplines. This is what distinguishes an engineer from a professional Bachelor or a ‘pure’ (theoretical) scientist. From the second year onwards, you choose Machine and Production Automation.

The content of the Bachelor’s curriculum is built on four learning pathways: Mechatronics covers mechanical designs needed by machines in the manufacturing* industry. Specific software helps you make the right decisions. In addition to functional design, we also place great store by other aspects such as machine safety. The next step in the design is the choice of transmission.

Electronic Design and Transmissions focuses on the right choice of engine and engine control. Ultimately, the electrical transmission of a machine is powered by a correctly designed power circuit, electrical cabinet and concomitant schedules.

Electronics and ICT are the control engineering heart of the machine. (Micro)controllers take decisions and steer the machine’s movements. In addition, we also cover aspects such as sensors, interfacing and communication.

Finally, production automation is a discipline that focuses not so much on the machine but on how several machines can collaborate seamlessly in one operational production process. PLC control and its visualization through HMI as well as the connecting communication systems are essential in this.

* The manufacturing industry manufactures products mechanically. This covers production an sich as well as companies that design machines to enable production. Key concepts here are flexibility, speed, and sustainability.

  • Master

The Master’s curriculum builds on the learning pathways of the Bachelor’s programme. It prepares you for professional life in a variety of sectors in which the so-called Industry 4.0 plays a significant role. A choice of minors enables you to specialize in smart moving machines - the proverbial workhorses of our industry (Smart Machines), in the industrial environment (Smart Factories), or in digitalization-related challenges (Smart Technologies).

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Labour Market

What Engineering Technology graduates are capable of cannot be captured in a mere few sentences. One thing is certain, though: theirs is a dynamic, interesting, versatile and creative profession.
Job opportunities are various and manifold. A considerable number of our graduates ends up in technical, management or commercial positions: as automation engineer, Research & Development engineer, production and maintenance engineer (wood, textile, plastics, nutrition,...), sales engineer, technical manager, project manager, service engineer, safety manager, electrical engineer or lecturer. Various sectors are open to you: machine manufacturing, the metalworking industry, electronics, integrators, the services sector (hospitals, public services, transportation ...).
Design offices are also eager to employ our graduates. Other important employers are the government, semi-public institutions (e.g. The Federal Planning Bureau, the Belgian Buildings Agency, ...) and the education sector. A career at a research institute is also among the possibilities. Or maybe you will start your own company?

Be sure to check out these interesting testimonials a (in Dutch).

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