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Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School
Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.

To get the highest production and energy efficiency when using a group of coordinated industrial machines you need to make sure there is proper communication between them and their external environment, to automate their function controls and know how to apply the necessary IT tools to these devices.

Industrial machines and products designers must define and provide solutions for the components they create, especially when they are increasingly being incorporated into other electronic devices. Mechatronics is defined as the process of integrating these mechanical, electronic, and computer technologies.

This master's course will provide device and product designers, who normally base their experience on the mechanical engineering field, with the knowledge and tools needed to integrate mechanical and electronic elements. This course provides up to date solutions for industrial communication, language and IT environments used in industrial control.


  • To integrate electronics, informatics and communications technology into the design of a component or mechanical system.
  • To design mechatronic components and systems that are better adapted to product needs.
  • To automate the function of mechanical systems and make it possible for them communicate with their environment.

Who is it for




The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.

Mechanical Systems Engineering

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 10/10/2016. Barcelona

Machine Design Conditions and Regulations

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 10/10/2016. Barcelona

Components and Mecatronic Systems

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 01/03/2017. Barcelona

Automation of Systems

Postgraduate course face-to-face. Start date: 02/03/2017. Barcelona


Mechanical Systems Engineering
12 ECTS. 105 teaching hours.
This course presents the concepts basicair necesarias to define, coordinate and realize the design of industrial machines and care of basic mechanics. Incide up specially for them to guide systems (soporte members are to guide and links to) and for them to accionamiento systems (motor control Transmisiones and Forms). In the determination of the systems MECANICOS You make reference to Criteria for selection of components and use of market standards. Finalmente, Related Technologies They present themselves with the manufacture of prototypes and the realization and assessment of the trials representativos funcionamiento real.

Introduction to Systems Engineering
A new perspective of design
Structure design
Architecture products and life cycles
Components Market and Specialised
Kinematics and balance of flat Forces

Design of Mechanisms
Modelización esquematización and mechanisms of
Kinematic optimization mechanisms. Dimensional Synthesis
Optimization of dynamic mechanisms. Balanced

Building Structure of the Machines
Structural functions of the machines: guided and transmission
Links of angular and linear guided
Linear Guides (Schaeffler Group)
Support members are from. Resistance and rigidez

Accionamiento of machines
The mechanical system accionamiento
Characteristics of motor and receiver
Characteristics and functions of the Transmisiones
Accionamientos power
Accionamientos for desplazamientos Rapids

Techniques for Prototyping and Essay
Modelos and Simulation essay on the development of product
Tests of fiabilidad
Essay on methodology and prototyping of design companies
Methodology prototipadoy essay in the field of motorcycle (ARIANETECH)
Tests fabricabilidad

Simulation of Mechanisms with CAE tools
Introduction to simulation mechanisms with CAE tools
Mechanisms and three-dimensional simulations planos with CAE tools
VIA mechanisms of finite element analysis
Conditions and Regulations in Machine Design
12 ECTS. 105 teaching hours.
Concurrent Engineering
- The concept of Concurrent Engineering
- Product Development
- Product modularity and complexity
- R&D Project management
- Form design
- Assembly design

Industrial Property. Reliability and Maintainability
- Design for availability
- Methodologies employed during the machine design stage
- General concepts regarding industrial property
- Participation of the Engineer in the Patent Application
- Patent Search. Interpretation of Granted Patents

Machine Ergonomics
- Introduction to workstation and machine design and ergonomics
- Noise and Vibrations
- Anthropometry: Concepts of Anthropometry
- Ergonomic evaluations methods. Relational ergonomics
- Design for Usability

Machine Safety
- Regulations in the European Union/Machinery directive
- The suitability of Work equipment and Risk Assessment
- Technical standards for machine safety
- "Administrative Documentation" and "Case Study"
- Safety and quality of supply in electrical systems
- Safety components

Environmental Impact and End-of-Life
- Energy consumption and environmental impact
- Introduction to Eco-design
- Environmental Regulations
- Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
- End-of-Life Design
Mechatronic and Enertronic Components and Systems
12 ECTS.
Provides training on data procurement and sensors, power electronics, electric actuators, microcontrollers and programmable logic or signal processing and control.

Sensors and Collecting Data
- Presence, position, deformation and force sensors
- Pressure, speed, acceleration and temperature sensors
- Flow, level, tension and current sensors
- Connecting sensors
- Data collection systems: data entry, data configuration, data elements and data systems
- Signal processing programming

Power Electronics
- Introduction to static converters
- Static switches: diode, thyristor, triac, bipolar, MOSFET, IGBT...
- Controlled and non-controlled rectifiers. Single-phase and tri-phase
- Control circuits. Alternating current regulators. Static starters
- Splitters: reducers, elevators, 2 and 4 Quadrant
- Single-phase and tri-phase wave splitters. Sinusoidal modulation PMW and SVPWM. Frequency converters
- Electromagnetic compatibility

Electric Actuators
- The constituent materials of electric actuators: conductors, dielectric and magnetic. Generating rotating magnetic fields
- Direct current motors
- Induction motors. Static and dynamic models. Controlling speed and vector and direct torque control (DTC)
- Brushless sinusoid DC motors
- Brushless sinusoid motors that use full auto piloted magnets
- Stepper motors. Excitation techniques
- Inverted switched reluctance motors and piezoelectric motors

Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic Devices
- Binary algebra: logical functions, numbering systems, Boolean algebra
- Combinational and sequential systems
- The subtleties of programmable logic
- Binary arithmetic
- Central Processing Unit: CPU, switches and PIC microcontrollers
- Microcontrollers

Signal Control and Processing
- Standard models of dynamic systems
- Simulating DC motors with PSPICE
- 1st and 2nd order systems
- Block diagrams and transfer functions
- Equation of state and regulators
- Digital control. PID controller programming. DSP
- Nonlinear control: slip modes and fuzzy logic
- Analogue and digital filters
- Control system simulation using the Pspice, Psim and Matlab/Simulink programs
Automation and Systems
12 ECTS.
Offers information on hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, an introduction on industrial programmable controllers and on applying these as well as on information technologies and industrial communications.

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Actuators
- Fluid power actuators compared to other actuators
- A look at components in systems where actuators work with fluid power
- Practise with conventional circuits: objectives, circuit configuration and verification of its functionality
- Power actuators used in proportional valves. Function and selection criteria
- The practical application of a lineal actuator system (cylinders)

Introduction to Programmable Automatons
- Automation vs. automatic control
- Electronic CAD-CAE
- The components of a programmable automaton
- Designing and programming automated actions with a contacts diagram
- Hands on practise programming automatons
- Introduction to analogue inputs and outputs. Controlling a variable speed drive

Application of industrial programmable automatons
- Handy, with analogue input and output
- Shifter-activated induction engine control
- Operating screens and operator terminal
- Terminal characteristics
- Introduction to the IEC 1131-3standard
- Introduction to GRAFCET
- Translation of GRAFCET into the contact diagram
- Specialised instructions and functions
- IEC 1131-3 standard programming language practice in the CODESYS environment

Information Technologies
- Introduction Hardware, OS, Networking and Virtualization
- Fundamentals of programming. C and others
- Databases. Design and SQL. MySQL
- Application site (xhtml, css)
- Application to web page (php)
- Practices (applications)

- Industrial Comunications
- Designing for availability
- Methodologies used in machine design (Word Case design with a margin, graphic design revision, AMFEC, FRACAS, capacity studies)
- General concepts about industrial property
- Engineer participation when applying for patents
- Patent searches. Interpreting awarded patents
Master Project
12 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
With the final project, students worked for a reminder of the agenda for the postgraduate and demonstrates that it has acquired the necessary knowledge.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol

Academic coordination

  • Marín Macaya, Maria

Teaching staff

  • Álvarez Casado, Enrique
    Ph.D. and Ms.C. on Ergonomics Project Manager of Centro de Ergonomía Aplicada (CENEA)
  • Barella i Civit, Albert
  • Bea Bonet, Joaquim
  • Bergas Jané, Joan Gabriel
  • Blanco Romero, Maria Elena
  • Boix Aragonés, Oriol
  • Centellas Calaf, Albert
  • Cirici Amell, Eulalia
  • Coll Raich, Judit
  • Costa Herrero, Lluis
  • Domènech Mestres, Carles
  • Dominguez Dominguez, Pedro
  • Estany Catalán, Emili
  • Estela, Jordi
  • Fenollosa i Artés, Felip
  • Fernández García, Daniel
  • Fillet Castellà, Sergi
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and deputy director of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Gamisans Berenguer, Carles
  • Garcia Fernandez, Javier
  • Gascon Mercadal, Alberto
  • Genovese, Pablo Alberto
  • Gil Meneses, Rosysabel
  • Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol
  • Heredero Peris, Daniel
  • Hernandez Soto, Aquiles Carlos
  • Juncosa Miro, Jaume
  • Miguel Espinar, Carlos
  • Montesinos Miracle, Daniel
    PhD, Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the UPC.
  • Mosquera Camelo, Leonardo
  • Muñoz Gazquez, Jose Pedro
  • Ortega i Margarit, Albert
  • Paz Bernales, Huáscar
    Project Manager in Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI).
  • Prieto Araujo, Eduardo
  • Puente Torruella, Angel
  • Rafecas Sabaté, Josep
  • Riba Romeva, Carles
    Director of the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI). Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the UPC
  • Romeu Garbí, Jordi
    Dr Industrial Engineering from the UPC. Professor and Director of the Department . Mechanical Engineering Research Group on Acoustic Emission Pollution and Mechanics PC.
  • Rull Duran, Joan
  • Sanabria Baños, Juli
  • Soto Rubio, Rubén
  • Sudrià Andreu, Antoni
    Doctor in Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Director of the Centre for Technological Innovation in Static Converters and Drives of the UPC. Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering at the UPC.
  • Tomico Plasencia, Oscar

General information 2016-17 EDITION

Next course
October 2017
60 ECTS (450 teaching hours)
Monday  18:00 to 21:30Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Wednesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
Taught at
Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (UPC)
Av. Diagonal, 647. Planta 2. Aula Schneider
Telephone: (34) 93 114 80 23
Master's degrees issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
7.600 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme

Related entities


  • Festo Pneumatic
  • Schneider Electric España, S.A.
  • National Instruments