Manufacturing companies are facing an increasingly complex reality when demands for greater social and environmental sustainability intersect with the opportunities that digitalisation offers to make the company more profitable. This multifunctional specialisation provides you with tools and knowledge for a successful career in manufacturing.

When you work in production, you are active at the intersection of IT, design, organisation, and management. You become the spider in the web! You may lead a group of production technicians who are developing and setting up a new production system for a product, or you are the manufacturing process expert in a team developing and implementing AI in next-generation production systems, where you must ensure that what you do will be sustainable for years to come. Regardless of where you end up, you will often find yourself at the centre of important decision-making processes and support the company in making its production more sustainable for future generations.

Many companies are bringing factories back to Europe from places like Asia. This creates excellent opportunities for qualified production engineers to build a career in Europe. Many companies also have a global presence, which means that knowledge of manufacturing opens the door to a career outside of the EU. You will find both Swedish and foreign students among your coursemates. This prepares you for working internationally or in international groups.

This specialisation provides practical insight into advanced manufacturing processes and the vital components required for the development of complex industrial systems. You work with virtual tools and automation at the forefront of development to merge the digital (such as simulations and models) with the physical reality. And you learn the most important engineering skill of all: problem-solving, and how to apply it in production.

You follow courses in automation, smart factories, Lean, virtual manufacturing, and how to create and change production systems. All of this is necessary to acquire the competence required for your future career. If you aspire to managerial or leadership roles, a background in manufacturing and production often provides technical depth and knowledge that is valued by companies. If you would rather work on technology development and implementation, the specialisation also provides a good understanding of various production techniques and concepts.

Career opportunities

This specialisation opens up many opportunities for your future career. It can be in the service, government, or private sector, and in industries ranging from automotive to aviation or food production. You can work in Sweden or internationally.

In manufacturing and production, technical competence and knowledge is often rewarded without fancy titles, but some common job titles and career paths include:

  • Production Technician, leading to roles as a Group Leader, Line Manager, and Production Manager
  • Group Leader or Line Manager
  • Technical Specialist in sales, later becoming a Procurement Manager in a high-tech manufacturing industry
  • Quality Engineer for procurement, focusing on process quality
  • Product Owner, tasked with leading the development of a product
  • Leader in industrial digitalisation
  • Industrialisation Manager, responsible for developing a production system for a specific product
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Expert
  • Process Expert

Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering