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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Automotive Electricity and Electronics. ELTICA
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10th Edition
35 ECTS (316 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 09/03/2020
Classes end: 25/11/2020
Programme ends : 10/12/2020
Monday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Why this programme?
The UPC has a clear commitment to collaborate with the automotive sector, as shown by the 10 editions of the Master MIGIA, 2 degrees of expertise in automotive, the existence of Chairs SEAT and Applus, postgraduate training in active safety and passive and body, automotive materials, etc., the organization of conferences, seminars, conferences, etc... and participation in R & D in different fields (materials, nanomaterials , electric vehicles , electricity and electronics , security, etc. . ) . The Government of Spain has opted for training and innovation as key elements for economic development and pays special attention to the automobile sector. The automotive industry is one of the main engines of the national economy, being Catalonia one of the main Spanish and European regions in terms of activity in this sector. The most demanded technical profiles by this industry are related with R & D, design and engineering (automotive sector report, CEAM 2010).

The contents of this postgraduate course, are teach, by the automotive industry professionals specialized in different areas such:

  • The development of electrical system and wire harness in a vehicle.
  • The different sources of energy, and its management.
  • Electric powertrain vehicles.
  • Electronic communication architecture.
  • Analyze and reduce the susceptibility of components and parts to conducted or induced interference (Electromagnetic Compatibility).
  • The development of new electronic control units to reduce cost and weight of the vehicle.
  • The manufacture of lighting systems.
And others detailed in the specific competencies of the program.

This situation forces the sector to hire specialists from outside our borders and / or current defined jobs, with the consequent use of resources without a comprehensive program of learning or a structure that facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Furthermore, continuous changes, tools, technologies, social requirements, legislation, etc..., advise that permanent education will be needed for professionals I a near future, to keep knowledge and innovation for facing the challenge.

It is noteworthy that Catalonia has the only center of automotive design in Spain, so the need for professionals with expertise in this area is critical and is not covered by the current academic offerings. There are numerous regional providers and companies that are part of the automotive industry and whose competitiveness at national and international level depends largely on their professional training. So this are the main reasons that made us start this learning program.
The main goal is to train ELTICA’s students to be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and optimally solve problems in the electrical and electronic areas of the automobile.
  • Understand the technologies, trends and the most common tools in this area.
  • Create, design, implement and adopt research methods that lead to the generation of knowledge and innovation.
  • Knowing and applying existing technologies in the market as well as emerging technologies and acquire the skills necessary to propose applications
  • Understand and convey information-knowledge from scientific and technical documentation.
  • Analyze and propose projects considering the different aspects of economic activity, with sustainability criteria.
Who is it for?
As a result of the training, the course qualifies for positions of responsibility:

  • Designing any kind of electrical and electronic systems, especially for automotive.
  • Developing and testing in different areas.
  • Prototyping.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 20h
Project Management and Development of Personal Competences
5 ECTS 47h
Electronic Architectures. Automotive Communication, Measurement and Control Systems
3 ECTS 28h
Electric System of Distribution
3 ECTS 36h
Sensors and Interfaces in Automotive
3 ECTS 36h
Electromagnetic Compatibility in Automotive
3 ECTS 26h
Energy Systems and Electromobility
3 ECTS 27h
Lighting and Signaling System in the Automobile
3 ECTS 30h
Electronic Information and Entertainment (Infotainment)
3 ECTS 17h
Design and Validation of Electronic Units
3 ECTS 24h
Practical Sessions on Model and Vehicle. Testing and Diagnosis
4 ECTS 25h
Final project
The postgraduate project is developed individually. It is a case study of a real development. The problem will be considered and it will be necessary to apply the knowledge acquired during the course to reach a solution. This allows the students to acquire skills and competences of great value for the performance of their professional work in cars development.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.
Range of modules
The postgraduate course programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire postgraduate course you can sign on one or several modules.
Postgraduate course:
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Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & 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 of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • García Simeó, Miguel

    Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Since 2002 working in automotive sector, in infotainment field, with professional experiences in supplier companies as well as in car makers. Currently responsible at SEAT technical center for development of infotainment devices.
  • González Arbesú, José María
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    Engineer and Doctor Engineer of Telecommunication from 1992 and 2000, respectively, both degrees from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). From 1994 to 2000 he joined the University of Zaragoza, as associate teacher and coordinator of the subjects of radio frequency, radar and satellite navigation systems. From 2000 to 2001 he worked at the company Tradia (nowadays AbertisTelecom) in his department of radio links as engineer of network Planning. From 2002 to 2007, he obtained a post-doctoral investigator grant from the Ramon y Cajal program. From 2008 he is an associated professor at the UPC. Your research activities include the characterization of antennas by means of infrared thermographies, the design and evaluation of small antennas, the system design of integrated antennas with surfaces of high impedance and the design of algorithms of optimization for the automatic synthesis of antenna radiation patterns in radars SAR.
  • Merino Rodríguez, Antonio

    Industrial Engineer Electrical branch for specialty electronics EUITIB. Since 1986 works at the SEAT Technical Centre in electrical development having held various responsibilities within the electronic area. He is currently Head of Electromobility and Energy Systems at the SEAT Technical Centre. He has collaborated with UPC and STA in various training programs, conferences, technical seminars and Masters.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Seat, S.A.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Project Manager for the development of electrical and electronic systems of the vehicle.
  • Project Manager of electromobility and the energy distribution systems of the vehicle.
  • Manager of development of lighting and signaling of the vehicle.
  • Manager of prototype engineering.
  • Manager of development of sensors and automation of the vehicle.

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