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8th Edition
20 ECTS (135 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
Start date: 04/02/2020
End date: 09/07/2020
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
The current market climate in the automotive sector demonstrates a need for implementing new technologies that reduce dependence on petroleum and, most importantly, minimise pollution. There is a growing consciousness on the part of the consumer who wants to try to make their environmental impact as small as possible. This is why for a long time now the automobile industry and local governments have already been working on alternatives like hybrid vehicles and completely electric cars as a way to face the challenges of research, development and innovation involved with these types of vehicles.

The Ministry of Industry predicts that by the year 2020 around 250,000 vehicles incorporating this technology will be manufactured in Spain, all of which implies changes in the vehicles as well as certain infrastructures to be able to host this production. The different issues around recharge points, improvements in energy storage technology as well as legal issues like who pays for charging in housing communities have to be solved. All of these issues are on the table and the demand is imminent. In this sector there are already many instances of collaboration with engineers from other countries where they have more experience with this type of specialised vehicle.

Currently, and in parallel with the recovery of the automotive industry, are being launched to the market the first hybrid and electric generation models covering all segments. In the automotive sector and has begun a collaboration with hitherto little companies related to the sector, collaboration requires adaptation by professionals and the arrival of new training profiles. To complement this, the appearance of these vehicles requires the adaptation of existing infrastructure as well as the current mobility policies.

  • Analyse the electric and hybrid (combined electric and traditional internal combustion engines) propulsion systems and technologies.
  • Study the types and configurations of hybrids according to vehicle type.
  • Improve energy storage systems and their internal power management.
  • Learn the technical principles of the electric motors currently in use along with their charging systems and their energy storage systems.
  • Development of the way the energy distribution network is managed and designed to ensure proper recharging of these vehicles in urban areas.
Who is it for?
  • Professionals working in the automotive industry either directly for the automaker or auxiliary companies.
  • Industrial Engineers.
  • Employees at testing laboratories.
  • Professionals from public organisations linked to the technology sector.

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 21h
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Technologies applied to hybrid.
  • Technologies applied electric vehicles.
  • Electric Mobility.
3 ECTS 24h
Systems and Components
  • Electric motors applied to automotive.
  • Energy Storage Systems.
4 ECTS 21h
Energy management
  • Principles of electronic power.
  • Energy management systems.
  • Energy recovery systems.
3 ECTS 24h
Development of Hybrid / Electric Vehicles
  • Body and crash test.
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility.
  • Simulation Tools.
  • Regulations.
2 ECTS 12h
The Electric Vehicle Recharge
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Control Network.
  • Strategies for Mobility.
1 ECTS 6h
Project and Equipment Management
  • Project Management applied to automotive projects.
  • Research projects.
4 ECTS 27h
Final Project
  • Development of a final project following related content modules covered in the program.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
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.
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 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.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Gallegos Díez, David
    Ph.D. in Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the UPC. General Manager of China IDIADA Proving Ground. Professor at the UPC in Automotive and Mobility.
Academic coordination
  • Pla Puigvert, Mònica
    Industrial Engineer by Politechnical University of Catalonia and Master of Science on Management of Technology by Technical University of Delft. Senior professional with extensive expertise in boosting R&D activities with 8 years of experience on European level, with focus on green and sustainable vehicles. Support on pioneering the innovation department at Applus IDIADA for 6 years, defining strategic research priorities and coordinating collaborative research.
Teaching staff
  • Alonso Báez, Marcos
    Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Design engineer at Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE).
  • Barrios Vicente, José Manuel
    Industrial Engineer. Head of Innovation. IDIADA Applus Group.
  • Castellà Dagá, Santiago
    Industrial Engineer ETSEIB-UPC. Head of electro-mobility in the SEAT Technical Centre (R & D).
  • Díaz Pinós, Pedro
    Developing Smart City and the development and introduction of electric vehicles projects at Endesa. Member, Advisory Council on COETTC.
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and deputy director of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Gallegos Díez, David
    Ph.D. in Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the UPC. General Manager of China IDIADA Proving Ground. Professor at the UPC in Automotive and Mobility.
  • Kersting, Klaus
    Degree in mathematics, physics specialty, the University of Paderborn. Senior Manager of electric vehicles and hybrid in IDIADA.
  • Lafuente Buil, Ignacio
    Industrial Engineer. Head of the Department of Industrial approvals Vehicle Applus+ IDIADA.
  • 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.
  • Moreno Eguílaz, Juan Manuel
    European Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering Technology and Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering in the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona ETSEIB-UPC.
  • Palacín Peiró, Maria Rosa
    Ph.D. in chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Investigating materials for rechargeable lithium and nickel in the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC).
  • Pla Puigvert, Mònica
    Industrial Engineer by Politechnical University of Catalonia and Master of Science on Management of Technology by Technical University of Delft. Senior professional with extensive expertise in boosting R&D activities with 8 years of experience on European level, with focus on green and sustainable vehicles. Support on pioneering the innovation department at Applus IDIADA for 6 years, defining strategic research priorities and coordinating collaborative research.
  • Satué Vallvé, Ricardo
    Materials Engineer for the UPC and The Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine. Product Manager, Mobility at Applus+ IDIADA. Corporate Integration & Innovation en Applus+ IDIADA.
  • Silva Martínez, Ferran
    Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Director of the Grup de Compatibilitat electromagnetic UPC center located in the Technological Innovation Network TECNIO of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Member of the IEEE EMC Society and head of the Spanish chapter of this society, is also a member of the Spanish standardization committees SCTC77-210 and the CTN208 SCCISPR210A and, since 2006, belongs to the Board of Chairmen of EMC Europe.
  • Urgell, Xavier
    Industrial Technical Engineer, Electronic Specialization and Master's Degree in Organization Management in the Knowledge Economy. Coordinates the product of vehicle performance and conductivity in IDIADA with more than 10 years of experience.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Applus+ IDIADA
    • Provides visits to its facilities of interest within the programme.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
  • Sociedad de Técnicos de Automoción (STA)
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Technical manager of a fleet or urban mobility operator.
  • Technical development of electric or hybrid vehicle.
  • Responsible for management of electrical network and charging points.

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