Industrial Engineering, Technology Management

In order to be able to optimize processes at the interface between business and technology, companies and sometimes also administrations need specialists with generalist, technical and business knowledge.

The field of study at a glance

Experts from the fields of industrial engineering and technology management are familiar with both technical aspects and business requirements. They not only mediate between the topics, but also between different ways of thinking and working.

Offered courses

Study programs in this area are primarily called "Industrial Engineering", but "Production and Management", "Project Management, Engineering", "Technical Sales" or "Technology & Technology Management" are also possible.

During the course, engineering - less often natural sciences or computer science - and economics are often studied at the same time. There are numerous specialization options, e.g. in civil engineering, electrical and information technology, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, logistics or product management.

The proportion of engineering and business study content varies greatly from location to location. Applicants should therefore find out in detail about the respective profile of the course before starting their studies. After studying engineering, you can also complete a postgraduate or additional course of study that includes economics and, in some cases, other technical subjects.

Contents of the course

The course includes the imparting of economic and social science knowledge as well as training in the chosen engineering field (e.g. mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical and process engineering, transport, etc.). In the chosen engineering field, students acquire knowledge of the specific engineering and scientific fundamentals. There are also economic modules on micro- and macroeconomics, business accounting, marketing, production management, statistics, business law and logistics. Mathematical modules such as analysis, linear algebra and information technology content are often part of the offering.

Admission criteria & application for study

In some cases, preliminary internships in commercial or technical areas are mandatory.

Career opportunities after graduation

As interdisciplinary trained specialists at the interface between technology and economics, industrial engineers and technology managers work in almost all technical and economic functional areas, such as sales and marketing, logistics and materials management, production and manufacturing, building management, quality control and in finance and accounting.

There are employment opportunities primarily in larger production companies in all sectors. But trading companies, consulting and business advisory companies as well as larger transport companies also offer jobs. The respective engineering discipline largely determines the industry in which you can work.