Course block A

Production Management & Supply Chain Management  -  45 contact hours

After completing the course, students will have an idea about the mindset, the problems, and the tasks of production and logistics management in the automotive industry, and discover trade-offs like those between product design, custom orientation, logistics, and production. Thus that experience will enable them not only to focus their attention on broadening their knowledge of pure engineering, design, or development, but will also enable them to perceive and understand the dependencies and effects of their engineering work on other functions.

Students discuss specific tasks and problems concerning production and supply chain management and learn how to use well-chosen methods to solve related tasks and to prevent related problems.

Students will gain a deeper understanding in management tasks and skills in a technical environment, consider how the dilemma and polylemma have to be balanced, and speculate on the optimization of production systems. Included in the overall program are visits to production plants such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and BMW as well as to institutions as the European Patent Office, or technology-oriented museums as the German Museum in Munich.

Thus students are able to deal with problems and tasks and have the ability and knowledge to act with self-assurance in production and supply chain environments

Course block B

Engineering in Manufacturing  -  35 contact hours


In the automotive industry, the manufacturing of cars is a process which is highly automated with most steps being executed by robots and computer controlled machines. The aim of the course is to provide an insight into the basic principles of programming and computer science which are used to operate such robots.

Laser Materials Processing

Laser Materials Processing plays a significant and further increasing role in advanced automotive production. This can be explained through its various advantageous properties, such as high processing speeds or low heat inputs to the work pieces.Educational objective is a basic understanding of laser technology and laser materials processes and thus the capability to plan and to technologically accompany its applications in production.

Focus will be on: Welding and cutting for B-I-W. Welding, cladding, hardening for powertrain parts. Materials processes for the car interior.

The lecture includes the possibility of supplementary practical demonstrations in the lab for the participants.



Sustainable Mobility

The automotive industry is one of the key industries of the world. It is faced with the increasing challenge to become more sustainable i.e. reduce CO2-emissions etc.

The lecture focuses on the aspect of sustainable operation and drive technologies and leaves aside other sustainability aspects such as recycling and noise emission. On the other hand the system aspect of alternative drive technologies is pointed out – e.g. local and global emissions or the interconnection between automotive, energy and telecommunication industries.

In the beginning the worldwide climate situation is shortly explained and some basic technical terms are clarified. Then the fundamental technical options to reach more sustainability are presented and discussed always using concrete examples. These options are reduction of running resistances, efficient conventional drives, alternative and renewable fuels and electric or hybrid vehicles. A comparison of state of the art conventional and electric drive systems is shown, advantages and disadvantages of either technology discussed.

Electrified two-wheelers (E-bikes) are presented as an example of successful implementation or sustainable electromobility. Summary and outlook to future developments.

Cyber Physical Systems



Automotive Bus Systems

Innovative features in vehicles like driver assistance functions heavily rely on connectivity. Automotive environment leads to specific requirements towards the communication systems. In particular, functional safety must be observed and real time capability has to be regarded.

The course deals with some fundamental concepts of automotive bus systems and gives an introduction to the Controller Area Network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN), and FlexRay. Students will get to know the application fields for these systems and gain an understanding of the design principles. Some hands-on experiments with tools sum up the course program

Course block C

German as a Foreign Language  -  30 contact hours 




During classes the Refresher course provides students with a broad range of practical instruction of the German language. A major goal is the application of the correct use of grammar, the understanding of authentic texts (reading and listening comprehension) and the production of typical texts related to everyday life and studies. Emphasis is placed on developing and training sound communicative skills to be able to function independently in all situations inside and outside university.

In addition the Refresher course also covers aspects of the German culture and economy by preparing the students for the program’s fieldtrips. They learn about historic backgrounds and how to apply specific vocabulary related to the framework of the EMIG Summer School courses. Cultural aspects of German and European history are covered as well as specific engineering language aspects and information about the structure of the German economy. Thus the students are fully equipped and briefed for the company visits.

During the field trips students learn about the historic background of the German capital Berlin, its role during World War II, its division from 1949-1990 and its role as today’s political center of Germany both in preparatory information sessions and through guided city tours.

Furthermore students get acquainted with the history of Munich, the capital of the federal state of Bavaria, as well as with Strasburg, the center of the European decision making process, Heidelberg, the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart and their current hometown Pforzheim. Company visits to Mercedes Benz, Audi and Porsche supplement this cultural dimension with an impression of the German automotive industry which is an important cornerstone of the German economy.

Credit transfer

Students from our partner universities Penn State, Lehigh University and UMass Lowell are guaranteed 9 credits for successful completion of the full program 


Course A: Production Management & Supply Chain Management
Requirement: written closed book exam, 3 credits

Course B: Engineering in Manufacturing
Requirement: two written closed book exams, one written assignment, 3 credits

Course C: German as a Foreign Language instruction
Requirement: written closed book exam, 3 credits


Students from other universities must arrange for credit transfer with the home university in conjunction with Pforzheim University. Please contact us for further information.