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Automation of Systems

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

This postgraduate course can be attended as part of the master's degree Mechatronics or as part of the master's degree Enertronics.

Nobody could question that among the major challenges facing humanity is the challenge of providing a solution to energy systems. Our future largely depends on our ability to identify and manage future energy techniques. Electronic, IT and communication technologies must be included in the design of the energy systems of the coming years. This innovative concept, which enables integrated solutions to be identified, has been termed Enertronics.

This is a concept which brings together different technologies in topics such as power electronics, communications automation, electrical systems energy, and programming and microprocessor technologies, all of which are aspects which companies require from their professionals. Nowadays organisations require the figure of the enertronic engineer who, when thinking of a solution to an energy system, also takes the electrical part or the bit microprocessor programming into account.

This postgraduate course in Automation and Systems is part of the Masters programme and 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.


  • The integration of mechanics, electricity, electronics and information technologies into the design of components, equipment and mechanical systems to be able to make better products.

  • A better understanding of materials and processes.

  • Learn about the latest trends and information related to new materials and processes.

Who is it for

  • Industrial engineers or other technicians that work in the design and development of industrial systems.

  • Recent graduates who wish to work in the areas mentioned above (preferably students specialised in mechanical or electrical engineering).



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
Proyecto Final Posgrado
Through the final project for the Masters, students will put into practice and demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired throughout the programme, in addition to getting the chance to undertake and submit a project which may be of use in their company.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol

Teaching staff

  • Bergas Jané, Joan Gabriel
  • Boix Aragonés, Oriol
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and deputy director of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Garcia Fernandez, Javier
  • Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol
  • Heredero Peris, Daniel
  • Muñoz Gazquez, Jose Pedro
  • Ortega i Margarit, Albert
  • Puente Torruella, Angel
  • 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.

General information

15 ECTS (105 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:02/03/2017End date:04/07/2017
Tuesday  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
Postgraduate diplomas 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 Postgraduate course 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
2.100 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
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.


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