Industrial Power Electronics: New Master Program starts in Fall 2021

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In the winter semester 2021/22, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences will start the part-time master's program "Industrial Power Electronics".
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Engineering & IT

Using energy more efficiently with power electronics: In the winter semester 2021/22, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences will start the extra-occupational master's program "Industrial Power Electronics "* in the field of power electronics.

The increasing digitalization requires well-trained specialists in electronics / microelectronics with a focus on power electronics. Developed in coordination with companies and institutions such as Infineon Technologies Austria, Industriellenvereinigung, KWF Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fonds and Silicon Austria Labs, the aim of this English-language Master's program is to provide students with theoretical and practical understanding of power electronic components.

Not only vehicles are becoming more and more reliable thanks to power electronics in the field of autonomous driving, but also electronic devices such as PCs or cell phone chargers require complex technologies in the field of electronics. The newly planned master's program "Industrial Power Electronics "* takes these future topics into account, which are primarily aimed at saving energy and providing comfort. "Based on the requirements and ambitions of our industrial partners, who are looking for academically trained and practice-oriented engineers, we focus our study program on modern power semiconductor technologies and components as well as their current and future applications in electronic energy conversion. A total of 16 study places will be available in the winter semester 2021/22 and will offer students an in-depth education in the field of power electronic circuits and systems in English," explains Michael Glavanovics, scientific director of the four-semester master's program "Industrial Power Electronics". The first graduates will graduate in summer 2023 and will be in great demand on the international job market. Especially in research, development, production and quality assurance in microelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing companies, there is a great demand for skilled workers. The trend towards greater energy efficiency also plays a major role in industrial and consumer goods electronics, drive technology, electricity supply, telecommunications, as well as in the automotive and aerospace industries, so that there are also numerous career prospects for power electronics engineers in these sectors.

Peter Kaiser, Head of Education, Governor of Carinthia: "Our aim is to create future-oriented educational opportunities for young people in their own country and thus above all to meet the demand for skilled workers in Carinthia's economy and industry. In a needs and acceptance analysis conducted around the planned master's program, twelve companies have already estimated their needs for the next five years at around 550 junior staff in the power electronics sector. The study program is financed from federal funds with co-financing by the state of Carinthia and the local communities as well as from the regular tuition fees.

Admission requirements for the Master's program "Industrial Power Electronics
Admission to the program is subject to the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. The relevant subject requires that 15 ECTS credits from the fields of electrical engineering and electronics as well as 10 ECTS in mathematics and 8 ECTS in physics have been completed during the course of study. English language skills at level B2 should also be available. Further information & online application: www.fh-kaernten.at/ipe

*Conditional on accreditation by the Austrian quality assurance agency AQ Austria