Master Program Objectives

Objectives of the Master course in Steel and Composite Construction – Industry 4.0

The Master course in Steel and Composite Construction – Industry 4.0 aims to give advanced training in two specialized fields: Structural Performance and Industry 4.0, developing skills related for: 

1) conception, design, fabrication, execution, supervision, and the management of construction works with steel or composite construction; 

2) production, automation, machinery and robotics applied to steelwork industry, which include design, operation and management. The cross-cutting nature of the content taught in the course allows obtaining specific concepts also allows for the performance of highly qualified functions in the construction and manufacturing industry sectors.

In this perspective, the transversal character of the contents taught in the course allows the definition of two profiles:

Structural Performance: aims to obtain specific concepts of the most varied structural applications, such as bridges, buildings, offshore structures, wind towers, and industrial facilities. To this end, close collaboration is promoted between research centers of excellence in this area, with industry and with professional organizations, leading to not only advanced theoretical training and the development of knowledge in this area, but also to that this knowledge can be used. powered by networking and transferred to industry. At the same time, the profile provides the theoretical basis for the potential entry into third cycle training (doctorate), providing solid scientific training, in order to allow the development of knowledge and skills in the context of research and to train people capable of having a self-study. lifelong learning and in a self-directed way.

Industry 4.0 – Technologies and Challenges of the Digital Economy: aims to provide advanced training in the different areas of engineering that come together in Industry 4.0, responding to the needs of the market, both in terms of industry and services, and in terms of research. This proposal is the result of an analysis of the advanced needs of the market and the recommendations collected from a wide panel of companies (about 20 companies that we gathered in a presentation session of the course, with special emphasis on Siemens Portugal) of national recruiters who supported in this proposal, the analysis of similar offers in the national and international space, as well as the extensive experience in fundamental and applied research and its transfer to the national and international economic fabric in several interdisciplinary contexts, such as industrial robotics, flexible systems and industrial automation, industrial management, etc.

This master program is structured in a set of mandatory curricular units that allow introducing knowledge and developing advanced disciplinary skills in the fields of production systems, advanced multi-materials, additive manufacturing, industrial robotics, logistics, networks and intelligent production, artificial intelligence, data engineering, modeling and forecasting, and for a wide range of curricular seminars that provide a strong interdisciplinary nature when introducing a set of skills in specific application domains.

Consequently, the program aims to offer real contexts that allow students to be in contact with the typical restrictions of real contexts, whether in scale or in complexity, from an early age, and the most relevant technological components in the industry for the development of effective advanced solutions, preparing the student both for the pursuit of advanced studies and for the exercise of the profession. In this way, the master’s degree makes it possible to supply needs in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčIndustry 4.0 in several domains of industrial activity, whether in the national and international market, or in different research subdomains.

This master program thus ensures that students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, advanced principles, theories, methods and practices of the technologies that combine in Industry 4.0 and are able to express them through an integrated set of instrumental, systemic and interpersonal skills. In this sense, a high quality profile has been designed, guided by international standards, which allows us to respond to the two fundamental aims of the Steel and Composite Construction – Industry 4.0 Master Program:

(i) to train engineers in industry 4.0 technologies for the global market capable of designing advanced and innovative solutions for systems integrated in an i4.0 platform;

(ii) provide solid training and intellectual resourcefulness to students wishing to pursue a career in research.

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