The automotive industry is showing great interest in engineers applying a systems approach. R&D employees will become essential over the next few years. The program's multidisciplinary character prepares perfectly for working in the automotive industry but also in related sectors using a similar background, energy and high-tech systems, such as mechatronics and aerospace.
The most excellent students have the opportunity to excel further in a PhD project. Doctoral candidates work on major research projects as a part of a long-term research track, which is almost always based on collaboration with one or more companies in automotive industry.
During the two-year program you will be actively involved in applying technologies to a much greater extent than would be possible in industry alone. You will address automotive problems from different domains such as human-technology interaction, electronics and mechanical engineering, relating to electric mobility, smart traffic systems and driver assistance systems. It would take many more years to gain the same experience in industry, if possible at all. The program includes dedicated courses, industrial assignments and lecturers who are active in the high-tech automotive industry as designers, architects or entrepreneurs.
After successfully completing the program, you will be granted the degree of Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng). As a technological designer trainee you will receive a salary. The postmaster technological designer program is offered by 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute’s.
Carlo van de Weijer
Managing director of TomTom Eindhoven
"There's been a need for highly trained engineers in the automotive industry for years, from ourselves as well as other companies. TomTom is mainly a software company, but our electronic products increasingly have to meet demands for resistance to temperature, shocks and vibration, and for integration into the overall vehicle systems. There's currently a lack of ‘system thinkers' who can combine all the different disciplines. Up to now we've depended mainly on software developers or electrical engineers who are interested in cars. Companies will be eagerly waiting for the first Automotive Technology Master's graduates, and we're sure to be among them. TomTom is growing rapidly, and we're finding it hard to fill our vacancies. Even in a company like ours, where you're working on fantastic products like navigation systems."