Central technology of the future

Lightweight engineering is regarded as a key technology of the future: in automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, energy technology, architecture, medical technology and even electronics. In times of scarcer resources, climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the efficiency of machines and systems, special know-how is needed. This is offered in the master's degree course "Mechanical Engineering - Lightweight Construction" - guided by the motto "Green, safe, comfortable", which is a guiding principle throughout the entire course of studies. 

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

The contents of the course are diverse and range from areas such as Generative Design and Bionic Design to Composite Materials and Additive Manufacturing. Students learn about the most important modern manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing. Simulation-supported design in combination is a special competence focus of the course, which students acquire in practice-oriented courses. The course design focuses on project-based learning in order to best combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills.

The development of prototypes, which is an important part of the training in the master's course "Lightweight Engineering", also serves as realistic preparation for practical work. Concept, design and implementation of complete, complex systems are integral parts of the course, which is characterised by a focus on lightweight construction. As a basis for the specialized technical subjects, students build up the necessary basic knowledge in calculation and design, material technologies, FEM (Finite Element Method) simulation, generative design, bionic approaches and construction and materials testing. This broad expert knowledge is rounded off by the areas of simulation and validation, which are among the specialities of the course. 

Application deadline

Period I: 01.10. - 15.03.20
Period II: 16.03.- 15.05.20
Period III: 16.03. - 15.07.20
Period IV: 16.07. - 30.09.20

Please note that applicants from non-EU countries or applicants living outside the European Union should apply as soon as possible to be in time for the visa procedure.

Study start

The semester starts on 1st October

Teaching time

Monday – Friday full-time and partly on Saturdays

Events

Online-Info-Session

30.06.2020  I  14 h - 18 h
Jobfriendly study programs

14.07.2020  I  14 h - 18 h
Bachelor Degree Programs

Further informations

Further information

Language of instruction:

German

Information

Contact

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Head of Degree Program

 

 

Level of qualification
Master
ECTS credits
120
Tuition fees
€ 363,36 / semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Science in Engineering
Duration of study
4 semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 20,20 / semester
Language of instruction
Deutsch
FH campus
  • Villach

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Profile

The master's degree program "Lightweight Engineering" deepens the technical understanding of the function of machines and systems and underlines the central role of lightweight construction as a motor for all branches of modern mechanical engineering. The course of study thus opens up career paths in automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, energy technology, architecture, medical technology or plant engineering and maintenance. There is a great need for highly trained experts in all these future-oriented fields. Students obtain the necessary knowledge for this in practice-oriented courses that deal with the design and implementation of complete, complex systems. Including 3D printing, a wide range of modern manufacturing technologies are discussed. Students can follow their own designs from the idea to the prototype and realize them in the Smart Lab. After successfully completing "Lightweight engineering", a wide range of career opportunities are open to you. 

What students should bring to their studies:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject at an Austrian university or comparable academic degree from a foreign educational institution.
  • A creative personality who enjoys innovative developments.
  • Logical thinking skills, coupled with a sound basic education in the natural sciences/technology.
  • Curiosity and the ability to work independently.

After successful completion of their studies, graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • They know the properties of lightweight steels and light metals, of polymer materials and composite materials, and know how they are produced and processed.
  • They are familiar with mathematical, physical, strength-theoretical and design methods for calculating and designing lightweight components.
  • They are able to design components and joints even under dynamic or oscillating loads and also taking corrosive effects into account.
  • You are very familiar with the finite elements method for different fields of application, bionic and generative design, topology optimization and can use 3D printing technology in a targeted manner.
  • They check systems for errors, maintain and optimize them.
  • They analyze and simulate highly dynamic, transient processes. 

Current courses - Light Weight Engineering

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Bionic Design ILV 1,5 3,0 MBLB-1.03
Advanced lectures on strength of Materials ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-1.01
Continuum Mechanics ILV 3,0 3,5 MBLB-1.02
Plastics VO 1,5 2,0 MBLB-1.10
Lightweight steels VO 1,0 1,5 MBLB-1.09
Light metals VO 3,0 4,0 MBLB-1.08
Methods of Material Selection ILV 1,5 2,0 MBLB-1.05
Risk Management ILV 1,0 1,5 MBLB-1.04
Simulation of Non-Stationary Systems ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-1.07
Transient Measuring Systems ILV 2,5 3,5 MBLB-1.06
Compulsory optional subject: Language Competence 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
English For Professional Purposes 1 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-1.12
Italian 1 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-1.13
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Fracture mechanics & operational stability 2 ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.02
Computational Fluid Dynamics ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.03
Joining technology for light weight structures ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-3.01
Lightweight Design SE 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.05
Simulation of Coupled Systems ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.04
Simulation of Structural Vibrations ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.07
Forming Simulation ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.08
Thermal Management in the Construction ILV 1,5 2,0 MBLB-3.09
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
3D-printing technologies: Materials and Design ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.05
Fracture mechanics & operational stability 1 ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-2.09
Composite Materials VO 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.02
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-2.07
Manufacturing Technologies For Composite Materials VO 1,5 2,0 MBLB-2.03
Designing with composite Materials ILV 2,0 2,5 MBLB-2.04
Designing with Plastics VO 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.01
Corrosion and Corrosion Protection of Metallic Materials SE 1,0 2,0 MBLB-2.06
Physics of Mass and Heat Transfer ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-2.08
Simulation of Lightweight structures ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-2.10
Compulsory optional subject: Language Competence 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
English for Professional Purposes SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-2.12
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 25,0 MBLB-4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-4.02
Master Thesis Examination DP 0,0 3,0 MBLB-4.03
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Bionic Design ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-1.04
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-1.02
Advanced lectures on strength of Materials ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-1.01
Continuum Mechanics 1 ILV 2,0 2,5 MBLB-1.03
Plastics VO 1,5 2,0 MBLB-1.10
Lightweight steels VO 1,0 1,5 MBLB-1.09
Light metals VO 3,0 4,0 MBLB-1.08
Methods of Material Selection ILV 1,5 2,0 MBLB-1.05
Simulation of Non-Stationary Systems ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-1.07
Transient Measuring Systems ILV 2,5 3,5 MBLB-1.06
Compulsory optional subject: Language Competence 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
English For Professional Purposes 1 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-1.12
Italian 1 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-1.13
Spanish 1 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-1.14
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Fracture mechanics & operational stability 2 ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.02
Computational Fluid Dynamics ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.03
Joining technology for light weight structures ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-3.01
Lightweight Design SE 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.05
Test Stand Design SE 2,0 3,5 MBLB-3.10
Vibrations and Acoustics ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-3.06
Simulation of Coupled Systems ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.04
Simulation of Structural Vibrations ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-3.07
Forming Simulation ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-3.08
Thermal Management in the Construction ILV 1,5 2,0 MBLB-3.09
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Fracture mechanics & operational stability 1 ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-2.09
Composite Materials VO 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.02
Manufacturing Technologies For Composite Materials VO 1,5 2,0 MBLB-2.03
Flächentragwerke VO 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.01
Generatives Design VO 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.06
Designing with composite Materials ILV 2,0 2,5 MBLB-2.04
Kontinuumsmechanik 2 ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.05
Physics and Simulation of Mass and Heat Transfer ILV 3,0 4,0 MBLB-2.08
Simulation of Coupled Systems ILV 1,5 2,5 MBLB-2.07
Simulation of Lightweight structures ILV 2,0 3,0 MBLB-2.10
Compulsory optional subject: Language Competence 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
English for Professional Purposes SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-2.12
Italian 2 SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-2.13
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 25,0 MBLB-4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar SE 2,0 2,0 MBLB-4.02
Master Thesis Examination DP 0,0 3,0 MBLB-4.03

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With the master's degree course in lightweight engineering construction, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences offers a unique course of study throughout Austria that trains students in the future topic of lightweight construction. Recent surveys in the mechanical engineering industry have shown that there is already a shortage of mechanical engineers with lightweight construction skills and that the demand for lightweight construction engineers will continue to increase in the future throughout Austria and internationally. 

The fields of activity of mechanical engineering / lightweight construction graduates include

  • Design and simulation
  • Experimental and testing activities
  • research and development activities
  • Management and leadership tasks

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Damian Niedermeier

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Alumniprofile Maschinenbau

Martin Planner, BSc MSc

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Faculty and Staff - Light Weight Engineering

Head of Degree Program Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Light Weight Engineering

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.

 Robert Hauser
Administration of Studies
Planning of Schedules and Rooms
Senior Lecturer1

Dr.in rer. nat. Priv.-Doz. DI Mag.a

 Anita Kloss-Brandstätter
Professor of English

Mag. Dr. phil.

 Oswald Jochum, MA
Professor
Head of Degree Program Electrical Energy & Mobility Systems, Professor of Electrical Engineering/Electrical Drive Engineering

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing.

 Winfried Egger
Vice Dean Engineering & IT, Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering

FH-Prof. DI Dr.

 Franz Oswald Riemelmoser, MBA
Senior Lecturer

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont.

 Robert WERNER
Laboratory engineer & Lecturer

Campus & Anreise

Villach

The Villach region combines tradition, cosmopolitanism and quality of life with the advantages of an innovative business location. Villach, a small town with about 60,000 inhabitants, is an international high-tech location with groundbreaking cooperation between science and industry and is also increasingly developing into a start-up town.

Situated directly at the intersection of three cultures, Villach, situated on the Drava river, is an important traffic junction in the Alps-Adriatic region. This special geographical location and the beautiful landscape around Villach and in the federal state of Carinthia have made the region a popular holiday destination for generations, further beyond the borders. The drinking water quality of the lakes and the particularly clean air make Villach and its surroundings an environmental paradise.

In addition to its geographical advantages, Austria also leads the world in terms of its social and health care system and is considered a particularly safe, prosperous and liveable country.

Despite the above-average prosperity and the comprehensive state social benefits, Villach compares favourably with many international destinations. The "small town bonus" comes into its own here and makes everyday life affordable.

 Explore Campus Villach on a 360° Tour.

Motorway exit Wernberg, then on the B 83 approx. 2 km in the direction of Villach, after the Villach town sign the B83 passes under the A2 motorway, and then immediately right the first exit in the direction of MAGDALENEN SEE. Following the signs for Magdalenen See, the road leads through a small wooded area, always follow the road, after an S-curve past Magdalenen See (left) always straight ahead, cross the southern railway line and go uphill directly into the centre of St. Magdalene. Turn right at the top of the hill, down the road, the grounds of the technology park are already visible to the south, the chimney of the combined heat and power plant, and directly in the sharp right-hand bend turn left onto the grounds of the technology park.

 

Motorway exit Villach/Ossiacher See, then approx. 2 km in the direction of Villach, on the right is Gasthof Seehof, on the left is Lake Vassach, continue on the B33 left in the direction of east, Wernberg, Klagenfurt, always follow the B33, after approx. 4 km turn right in the direction of Magdalenen See. The road leads through a small forest, always follow the road, after an S-curve past Lake Magdalenen (left) always straight ahead, cross the southern railway line and go uphill directly into the centre of St.Magdalen. Turn right at the top of the hill, down the road, the grounds of the technology park are already visible to the south, the chimney of the combined heat and power plant, and directly in the sharp right-hand bend turn left onto the grounds of the technology park.

 

 

The bus company Kowatsch runs from Villach train station to the FH in about every 40 minutes. The timetables are coordinated with the timetables of the ÖBB.

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Europastraße 4
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