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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Equipment.


22th Edition
15 ECTS (105 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: February 2021
End date: July 2021
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Centre de Disseny d'Equips Industrials (CDEI-UPC)
C/ Llorens Artigues, 4-6. Edifici U, planta 0
Why this programme?
To face the future challenges this industry must use equipment that is most adaptable to the production processes that make companies competitive on an international scale. One of the activities that engineers are most passionate about is definition, design and development of machinery based on functions and previously established features. To design capital goods or similar products you need to have knowledge of metallic materials and manufacturing technologies. These are aspects that can not be adequately developed in a generic university level engineering education.

This postgraduate course in Metallic Component Design using Industrial Equipment seeks to fill this void. Designing industrial machines and equipment in this industry involves producing metallic components that must comply with a wide variety of requirements like shape, aspect, environmental behaviour, production volume according to cost, etc. Nowadays the designer has a growing diversity of compliant treatment and coating materials and processes at their disposition. Special attention is given to the processes that allow for a high degree of versatility when manufacturing in small production runs. The purpose of this postgraduate course is to provide the knowledge and tools needed to make the best decisions in terms of the functions, shapes, materials and processes based on the requirements of the metallic component they wish to design and implement these decisions during this course by doing metallic component design exercises. Understanding the different technologies demonstrated during this course are further reinforced with visits to companies within the sector.
  • To improve understanding of materials and processes.
  • To learn about the newest trends and information related to new materials and processes.
  • To learn selection methodologies for binomial process-materials.
  • To evaluate the costs associated with manufacturing components (materials, processes, implements, production series¿).
Who is it for?
  • Industrial Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Professionals that work on product and industrial equipment design.
  • Degree holders in specialised technical areas that want to broaden their knowledge.
  • Mechanical Engineers.
  • Electrical Engineers.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 105h
Metallic component design
  • Introduction to Metals
    • Introduction to metal based materials.
    • The properties and characteristics of metals.
    • Selection criteria.
    • Iron based materials. Steel.
    • Aluminium and copper based materials.
    • Other metals and alloys (Zn, Ti, Ni).
  • Moulded Components
    • Introduction to moulded component design.
    • Moulding with colanders.
    • Aluminium moulding and Zamak moulding by injection.
    • Microfusion.
    • A visit to a foundry.
  • Forged, Extruded and Sintered Components
    • Forged components.
    • Laminated components.
    • Thermal treatments.
    • Aluminium extrusion.
    • Sintered components.
    • A visit to an extruded aluminium factory.
  • Tubes and Sheet Metal Components
    • Introduction to the sheet metal components.
    • Different joinery techniques used for sheet metal construction.
    • Embossed sheet metal components.
    • High elasticity steel components.
    • A visit to a stamped metal component factory.
    • A visit to a fine cutting factory.
  • Coatings and Protections
    • The function of protective covering and layers.
    • High strength coatings and resistance to wear.
    • Thermal application coatings.
    • A visit to a galvanising factory.
    • A visit to a polymer coating factory.
Projecte de Curs Postgrau de Disseny de Components Metàl·lics en l'Equipament Industrial.
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.
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Equipment .
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.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:

Learning methodology

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

Head of industrial equipment for the improvement of manufacturing and assembly.

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.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
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
  • Imaz Boada, Víctor

    Chemical Engineer by IQS and MBA by ESADE. He has held various positions in the Hydro company dedicated to extrusion of aluminum, surface finishes and downstream processes. In the last years he has specialized in automotive.
  • Riba Romeva, Carles

    Doctor Industrial Engineer at the UPC. Professor emeritus at the UPC and President of CMES (Collective for a new sustainable energy and social model).
  • Santolaria Vea, Ismael

    Studied Industrial Electronics Technical Engineering at the Rovira i Virgili University. Professionally linked to the company SANJO Fineblanking, a world leader in fine cut die-cutting technology since 1995, developing responsible tasks in the area of product engineering.

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