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Master´s Degree in Production Engineering in the Automobile Industry

High-performance learning through immersion in the sector
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Master´s Degree in Production Engineering in the Automobile Industry(University’s own degree)

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Student profile: Master's degree oriented to engineers, mathematicians and statisticians who wish to develop their professional career in the area of industrial production in general, with specialization in the Automobile industry.

Graduate profile: Specialist in engineering and production management, with knowledge in industry 4.0, for industrial plants of the automotive industry at all levels (TIER), as well as for service companies, equipment suppliers and consulting companies related to the sector. Although the master's degree is designed for the automotive industry, the graduate can get along with advantage in any industrial sector.

Degree: University’s own Master’s Degree in Production Engineering in the Automobile Industry

Learning Center: Higher Polytechnic School

Places offered: 30

Total Credits: 90 ECTS credits in three semesters

Academic year in which it was implemented: 2019-2020

Duration: 18 months

Type of Education: Classroom attendance

Academic Regulations: General student’s regulations. Credit transfer and recognition. Regulation of student participation.

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Program that trains students for industrial transformation in the area of production in general, with specialization in the automotive industry

This program is the result of a study carried out by Nebrija's Higher Polytechnic School, which investigated the needs of the main stakeholders in the sector in the training of their human resources, among which were: OEMs, component producers, companies suppliers of technology for production, consultants, HR recruitment companies, specialists in Industry 4.0 and Clusters of the automotive industry.

This program is the result of a study carried out by Nebrija's Higher Polytechnic School, which investigated the needs of the main stakeholders in the sector in the training of their human resources, among which were: OEMs, component producers, companies suppliers of technology for production, consultants, HR recruitment companies, specialists in Industry 4.0 and Clusters of the automotive industry.

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The companies of the sector demand a practical approach, with a common language, intra-entrepreneur spirit, a decided approach to collaborative work with customers and suppliers -both internal and external- and one that allows the efficient and profitable use of new industrial production technologies.

Spain is one of the most important centers worldwide for the production of vehicles and parts/pieces for them. Its main implication is in the area of production. The industry of car manufacturers (OEMs) is of strategic first order, with a business fabric of 17 plants and over 1,000 companies associated with a production of more than 2.8 million vehicles (2nd producer of passenger cars in Europe and 8th worldwide), being the 1st export sector (2016) and 3rd in contribution to manufacturing GVA; with a used capacity of over 80% -above the world average- and with an average annual investment of €4 billion. Regarding human resources, it has one of the best job recoveries since the crisis and is Europe's leader in productivity, with an average contract cost for the company of €43,600/year, with more than 67 thousand people employed.

For its part, the automotive components sector has an annual turnover of €34 billion annually (2016) and 60% of these sales are exported with 170 countries of destination, a figure that amounts to 80% if we compute the components exported within the vehicles manufactured in the country. It is noteworthy that in the last 14 years, the component industry has made investments in third countries for 5.7 billion euros - 350 plants in 35 countries - to produce mainly in Europe and Latin America. They invest 4% of turnover in R+D+i, being the 4th industry with the highest expenditure in this regard. The compounded annual value-added growth rate (TCAC) of the component manufacturers was 18.8% in the period 2012-2015. This sector has occupied 212 thousand jobs with 82.6% of fixed contracts.

According to KPMG (2017): "... the industry is facing a change in the productive model in which it is necessary to adapt more flexibly and quickly to the new disruptive models characterized by connectivity, alternative energies, digitalization and automation ..." and this Master's degree is a response to the training of human resources to meet these needs.

Note: 2016 data. Source Sectoral agenda of the Automobile industry (2017). KPMG, ANFAC, SERNAUTO and Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

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Training in state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and workshops

Nebrija SMART Engineering

Philosophy of the Higher Polytechnic School that affects the transversal training of its students, granting the necessary skills to respond to the technological challenges of the future.

Professional internships

The students of this Master's Degree will be able to carry out their professional internships in some of the companies and institutions of reference in the sector such as Ford, KIA and Repsol.

References in the sector

Pioneer university implanting the only Undergraduate degree in Spain dedicated to automotive engineering.

Curriculum



The curriculum covers the needs raised by the main players in the industry. The seminars and internships are central in the program. In the seminars the theory will be combined with specific examples of the industry, which in many cases will be carried out in plants where real implantations can be seen.
The internships will be carried out in companies of the industry, where the students -in groups of 2 to 4 members- will carry out projects of implantation or improvement of productive processes with a duration of 6 months. These internships will be supervised by a team of academic consultants by area of knowledge, who will advise them on the technologies they are implementing.
The student must take 90 ECTS credits in three semesters


First Semester 30 ECTS

  • 2 ECTS | The current automobile and its trends
  • 4 ECTS | Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • 5 ECTS | Smart Quality: Quality systems in the automotive industry
  • 5 ECTS | Production systems and plant design
  • 5 ECTS | Management of human resources in industrial plants
  • 5 ECTS | Smart Logistic: Production and logistics in the automotive industry
  • 4 ECTS | Innovation, entrepreneurship and intra-entrepreneurship

Second Semester 30 ECTS

  • 5 ECTS | Smart Production: Production Management and Optimization
  • 5 ECTS | Advanced Industrial Maintenance
  • 5 ECTS | Modeling and Simulation of productive processes
  • 5 ECTS | Smart factory: Industry 4.0 - Seminar on Technologies and Trends in the Automotive Industry
  • 5 ECTS | Cost Engineering, Project Management and Risk Management
  • 5 ECTS | Electives (to be defined with Partners)

Third Semester 30 ECTS

  • 12 ECTS | Internships in the company
  • 18 ECTS | Final Research Project (FRP) *
  • * It can be validated by proven experience of over 5 years in the automotive industry in the production area

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Employability


The automotive industry is one of the most globalized sectors, with a work environment that transcends national borders. As described in the introduction, it is one of the sectors that gathers a high number of both direct and indirect workers, in a process of accelerated evolution that requires professionals with new technical and managerial skills.

From the point of view of production, the automobile industry is a pioneer industry and a reference in the generation, development and implementation of technologies that later transcend to other industries, that is why a graduate of this master's degree is not only employable by this industry, but also by any production company in any industrial sector. Most of the common technical language and production models come from the automotive industry.

This program also has a decided practical approach, in collaboration with the entities of the sector, which guarantees an adequate practical experience so that the graduate can add value to the company that hires him/her from the first day.

The program, born from a study of the needs of the sector, guarantees that the graduate's profile is appropriate for companies in the sector.


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