Study Overview

As an application engineer in Production and Automation Technology (PAT), you will be responsible for designing and optimizing production processes as well as automating production methods in times of increasingly digitalized manufacturing - keyword: Industry 4.0. Collaboration with other departments in the development of new products and processes as well as the planning of new production sites and digital factories against the backdrop of outstanding quality at low costs characterize your area of responsibility.

Short Profile

The Production and Automation Technology (PAT) major is an offering from the AIW programme. In the first two semesters, students complete the basic studies together. The specialization in PAT takes place at the beginning of the third semester. After seven semesters of standard period of study, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

3D printing


3D printing

"3D printing is probably the most forward-looking manufacturing process. Additive material deposition makes it possible to print even highly complex components from a wide variety of materials (from plastic to titanium) in a very short time. In the future, it will be impossible to imagine successful industrial production without 3D printing."

Industry 4.0


Industry 4.0

"Digitalization allows networked, automated and highly efficient production facilities. Real-time monitoring monitors and regulates manufacturing processes. In addition, the use of artificial intelligence allows production plants to adapt to changing boundary conditions and thus always produce optimally."

State-of-the-art manufacturing


State-of-the-art manufacturing

"State-of-the-art manufacturing systems are the beating heart of any production operation. In particular, high-performance CNC-controlled systems have become an indispensable part of mechanical engineering and are thus at the core of production technology - from NC-controlled milling to high-speed laser cutting."

Study Structure

In the Applied Engineering programme, you will study in a common undergraduate programme with all students. If you have decided to major in "Production and Automation Technology" at the beginning of the third semester, your major studies are structured as follows:


Study Content PAT

In the course of the specialization study of production and automation technology, you will learn in particular about the most significant aspects of an industrial production. Thus, the use of modern 3D printers in development and production is part of your design training. In addition, you will learn how to use micro-controllers as well as modern manufacturing technologies (such as CNC machines and laser systems) and you will be able to use this for the design, control and regulation of industrial robots as well as for the automation of manufacturing and assembly systems. Organizational aspects are also the subject of your training. For example, successful production goes hand in hand with sound production planning and logistics as well as consistent project management. The quality of the manufactured products is also the focus of your studies in the context of quality management.

Are you interested? Then apply here for our Applied Engineering degree programme (AIW).

During the online application, you can already specify a desired field of study - don't worry, your choice isn’t definitive. You will make your final decision for the area of study at the end of the second semester. Thus, the first two semesters offer you enough time to get oriented as well as to discover the fields of study that are interesting for you.

The application period is from May 2nd to September 30th. The studies start in the winter semester on October 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services.



Notes for Transfer Students

Transfer students can enter a higher subject semester. This is possible for the winter semester as well as for the summer semester. Previous achievements that have a subject related equivalent in the Applied Engineering Science Programme can be recognized. To do so, compare the module handbook of your previous degree programme with that of the Applied Engineering Sciences Programme. If you have subjects from higher semesters recognized, you will determine your field of study at the same time. Invest the time to read the module manuals, because it is your achievements that you can have recognized for your new degree programme! Please note the general information for transfer students.

Continuing with graduate studies

Ansbach University of Applied Sciences offers you various master's degree programmes that you can take following your bachelor's degree.

Further information


Albert Eff

PAT branch

"The mix of theory and practice in the internships is spot on. Finally getting to tackle things yourself."


With your bachelor's degree in hand, the doors of the development departments of our industry will open for you. The production of top-quality products is one of the most important pillars of the German economy and offers you the best conditions for a successful career start.

Companies are already looking forward to hiring you as a development engineer in the automotive industry, as a design engineer in mechanical engineering, as a specialist for automation in medical technology or as a production expert in electronics and semiconductor manufacturing - to name just a few fields of activity. As you can see, as an engineer in production and automation technology, your possibilities are almost limitless.

Digital development and the manufacturing of products and components are the linchpin of your studies. You will be actively involved in development and research projects during your studies and actively shape the future of industrial manufacturing in Germany with us.


One example is the development of a drill stand that consists of as many 3D-printed components as possible. Together, 12 PAT students developed a prototype, which was ultimately manufactured and assembled. The drill rig, which consisted of 98% 3D-printed components, impressively demonstrated its performance in load tests.

In many large corporations, English is the official business language. Smaller companies are also often intensively networked with partners from all over the world. It is therefore not surprising that experience abroad is highly valued by many employers. Furthermore, students confirm that international encounters are an enriching personal experience.

Semester abroad

When planning and carrying out a semester abroad, you will receive individual support from our International Office – both organizationally and, in many cases, financially. To make the start easier, you can prepare your stay abroad in our Language Centrum.

Ansbach International Summer School

International encounters are also possible on the Ansbach campus. Students from all continents travel to the Ansbach International Summerschool. German-international teams work together in various specialist workshops. In addition to the technical learning content and the intercultural training, encounters and fun are not neglected. The relevant Summer School workshops are credited as a general science elective module in the AIW degree programme.

On the one hand, you will be able to apply a lot of skills learnt during the practical semester. On the other hand, you will discover how important it is to be able to familiarize yourself with new tasks independently.

According to the choice of your field of study, you will look for an internship on your own responsibility (you can find information on administrative details here). The fields of activity during the internship semester are as diverse as the professional possibilities.

Here you will quickly take on project responsibility and be directly involved in day-to-day business. For many, the internship semester also opens the door to a later job.


Jessica Ellinger

Application development of bioplastics

"Right from the start, I was assigned tasks that I could work on independently. It was a good feeling to be fully part of the team even as an intern and to be able to contribute something valuable ..."