Automotive Production (AP)

The education and training of students attending the study programme Automotive Production is focused on the preparation of experts in creation of new products, design of production processes, management of the production of automobiles and their components. Graduates will gain theoretical, research, professional and practical knowledge about innovative trends in automotive production, as well as the knowledge and skills in the areas of: automotive component manufacture technology, automotive assembly, testing, manufacture technology, structure of production facilities, logistics and supply chain organization of the automotive industry. Additional knowledge comprises the creation of new and innovated products using computer supported design and construction techniques, virtual reality, prototyping and reverse engineering. As a result of, they attain a mastery of methods of lean and agile production. The graduate’s profile comprises of additional skills and knowledge, such as that of a foreign language and adequate knowledge of economics, management, environmental studies and safety regulations. Based on this range of knowledge, the graduates are able to cooperate with a team of other profession workers that participate in the production provision (marketing, service, logistics, etc.)

Primary areas of study
Component development processes
CAD and CAE systems
Lean production management
Method improvement process
Testing and validation
Grades and forms of study
DailyCombinedExternal
Bachelor studySK, EN
Engineering studySK, EN
PhD study

SK – Study in Slovak
EN – Study in English

Additional values

Excursions, workshops and Master’s theses in cooperation with the ŠKODA Auto, Mladá Boleslav research and development centre
Excursions to Volkswagen Slovakia a.s.
Student project in the field of aluminium car disk design
Possibility of a one-month internship in a research and development centre
Possibility of obtaining a certificate from the NC programming course

Future application

Production Engineer
Process Engineer
Project Manager
Test Engineer
Car Service Manager
Car Sales Manager

Employers
Graduates
Studying the Department of Automotive Production was the right start to my work in this field. The basis of which, was an honest study of mechanical engineering that is the basis of the dynamic development of modern technologies, innovations and the development of our modern society.
Ing. Michal Dúbravčík, PhD.
Lear Corporation Engineering Slovakia s.r.o., Engineering Supervisor
I consider the study programme of Automotive Production to be really good. I would also like to highlight the opportunity to work on physical products (RC Model, Shell Eco Marathon). You basically go all the way from development to the final product. If this is what you want to pursue in your future, then this study programme offers plenty of space for personal development.
Ing. Eduard Pištej
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Cab Area Specialist (pre-development)
Contact information
Ing. Dušan SABADKA, PhD.
E-mail: dusan.sabadka@tuke.sk
Phone No.: +421 55 602 3529

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Education Outputs:

  • The ability to develop products and technologies of their production, design constructions of tools, automation and production equipment for the production of automotive components with the support of CAD and CAE systems (CAD-Catia V5, Solid Works, PAM simulations – STAMP, Sysweld, NC programming)
  • Mastery of lean and agile production techniques
  • Knowledge of certification, testing, validation and safety
  • Mastery in tools of quality management and process economics
  • Mastery in the process improvement methods (Kaizen, SMED, MTM, Ishikawa, ABC, 5x why, etc.)
  • Soft skills in effective management (dealing with different types of people, communication, creativity, conflict resolution, stress management, etc.)
  • Communication in the selected foreign language

Goals of Education:

  • Gain knowledge of trends in the field of alternative car propulsion systems
  • Gain knowledge of the latest technologies in the production of automotive components
  • Gain knowledge of the latest materials, the possibilities of their effective application in terms of safety and ecology
  • Gain knowledge of quality standards in the automotive industry
  • Acquire skills in designing and verifying the functionality, components, mechanisms and complete cars

Areas of focus:

  • Design of car components, car structures and equipment for the production of car components
  • Production planning, development of technological processes for the production of car components and car assembly
  • Implementation of reverse and simultaneous engineering techniques in the development of car components and their testing

 

Areas of application:

  • Sales management, service and MOT of cars
  • Automotive supply sector
  • Automotive research and development centres, suppliers of automotive aggregates and components
  • Production process design and quality planning systems
  • Carmaker research and development centres: test room, creation of prototypes, conceptual design of a car, development of a welded coachwork, design of assembly technology, testing, smoothing of the coachwork shapes

Supported student projects:

  • Student project in the field of aluminium car disk design
  • ICAR student car
  • Student car e-CAR – electric car Volkswagen e-up!
  • Design realization of the vehicle coachwork for Shell Eco-Marathon
  • Stand design for safety characteristics prediction of thin-walled ultra-light components of cars

Student achievements:

  • International Engineering Fair Award 2016 for the exhibit: Prototype of a lightweight student electric car coachwork made of composite materials on the Volkswagen e-up platform.
  • Design and implementation of coachwork for the Shell Eco-marathon – the Slovak record of 825 km per 1 litre of fuel at the Shell Eco-marathon EUROPE 2019.

Employers:

Toyota Motor Europe NV / SA, Škoda Auto Mladá Boleslav, Aufeer Design, DG Engineering, Idiada CZ, Volkswagen Slovakia, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Kia Motors Slovakia, Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia, Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia, US Steel Košice, Lear Corporation Seating Slovakia, Matador Automotive Vráble, SOVA Digital, Magna Slovakia, Marelli Slovakia, Zastrova, Moto Bosch Servis, Valeo Prešov, Adient, Yangfeng, Konštrukta-TireTech, Tatravagónka