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Bodyworks and Automotive Materials

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

In advanced economies, and increasingly in emerging economies such as China and India, the automotive industry is of a great strategic importance. The automotive industry creates 2.3 million jobs, as well as 10 million jobs indirectly across Europe, and approximately 100 million jobs worldwide. In order to compete in this innovative and globalized industry, car makers need highly qualified professionals to excel. This has created opportunities for talented people who are seeking for an attractive and rewarding career development.

Spain is the second highest producer of cars in Europe, and the 8th worldwide. Up to now, the graduate and postgraduate courses available in Spain, have not met the educational needs of the car industry. Thus, the educational offerings have been traditionally characterized by a low practical and general focus. In contrast, the postgraduate course Bodyworks and Automotive Materials (CARMAT) offers a highly specialized, up to date and practical education. The aim of CARMAT is twofold: (1) to speed up the path to get a job within the car industry for people that are passionate about cars, and (2) to accelerate the professional development of those already working in the industry.

Our teaching methods are based on the principle of learning by doing, as well as the development of the personal and professional skills required to succeed within the car industry. In the classroom sessions and visits to SEAT (the Spanish brand belonging to the Volkswagen group) facilities, students learn the necessary concepts which they will need to develop a project throughout the course. The project, supervised by professionals from the industry, aims to develop a real component of the car. During the project, students are faced with a complex problem which requires them to put into practice their technical, creativity and leadership skills, and to work within a team. In summary, the CARMAT postgraduate course offers students a unique learning experience based on contests exclusive to the course, and direct contact with professional from the car industry.

Finally, to remark that the students of the CARMAT course, who are not working, have the opportunity to do a paid internship within the Technical Centre of SEAT, or other companies from the industry. In the internship, students have the chance to enhance and put into practice the knowledge gained from the course, as well as to network with professional in the industry.


The main goal of the CARMAT postgraduate course is to train students and professionals so that they are able to develop successfully their professional careers within the fields of the design, development and manufacturing of the components and parts of the vehicle bodywork. For this, we offer a highly specialized education which makes possible that students who pass successfully the course are able:

1. To understand the requirements for the design, development and manufacturing of the components which form the vehicle bodywork.

2. To know the organizational structure, processes and phases of the project for the design, development, manufacturing and approval of a vehicle.

3. To use the software CATIA v5 for the optimal design and development of the components and parts which form the bodywork.

4. To develop leadership, creativity, complex problem-solving skills, and competences for working within a team.

Who is it for

Graduate students from Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, or similar, undergraduate or graduate.

Professionals with proven experience in the automotive industry.




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.

Project management and Skill Development

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 03/10/2017. Barcelona

Design and Concept

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 16/10/2017. Barcelona

Catia V5

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 07/11/2017. Barcelona

Materials and manufacturing processes

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 11/12/2017. Barcelona

Bodywork project: structure

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 22/01/2018. Barcelona

Bodywork project: internal components

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 19/02/2018. Barcelona

Bodywork Project: External Parts

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 19/03/2018. Barcelona

Simulation and Virtual Reality

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 23/04/2018. Barcelona

Passive safety and approval

Lifelong learning course face-to-face. Start date: 22/05/2018. Barcelona


Proyecto Final
10 ECTS.
Project management and Skill Development
2 ECTS. 22 teaching hours.

1. Project Management in the automotive industry.
2. Skills development: objectives, self-leadership, time management and creativity.
3. Skills development: teamwork, conflict management and empathy.
4. Benchmarking in the automotive sector.
5. Skills development: written communication.

Design and Concept
3 ECTS. 32 teaching hours.
1. Introduction.
2. Bodywork's concept evolution. Bodywork types.
3. Package and ergonomics.
4. Basic requirements.
5. Study of exterior and interior design.
7. Surfaces generation.
8. Color and Trim.
Catia V5
3 ECTS. 56 teaching hours.
1. Infrastructure: configuration I, CATIA V5 environment, common basic tools.
2. Basic assemblies.
3. Sketcher and Wired.
4. Solid and Area Core.
5. Knowledgeware I (setting of parameters, formulas and layout tables).
6. Advanced Infrastructure.
7. Advanced Assemblies.
8. Advanced Wireline.
9. Advanced Solid and Surface.
10. KnowledgewareII.
Materials and manufacturing processes
3 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
1. Materials and manufacturing processes.
2. Plastics used in automotive.
3. Plastic transformation processes.
4. Other materials.
5. Stamping processes and materials.
6. Bodywork manufacturing process.
7. Painting processes.
8. Assembly processes.
Bodywork project: structure
5 ECTS. 46 teaching hours.
1. Fixed structure.
2. Anti-corrosion protection and sealing.
3. Bodywork experimentation.
4. Front end and bumpers.
5. Front end.
Bodywork project: external parts
5 ECTS. 46 teaching hours.
1. Structural design of mobile element.
2. Functional elements project.
3. Door panels and hatchback project.
4. Mobile element validation.
5. Upper external finishes.
6. Lower external finishes.
7. Glazing and cleaning system.
Bodywork project: internal components
5 ECTS. 46 teaching hours.
1. Instrument panel and central console.
2. Interior linings.
3. Air conditioning and temperature control.
4. Seating.
5. Trunk coverings and carpets. Storage compartments.
6. Haptic.
Simulation and Virtual Reality
3 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.

1. Introduction: Basic concepts.
2. Structure (crash, stiffness, NVH).
3. Occupants.
4. Finishes.
5. Case study I.
5.1 Case studies II.
6. CFD.
7. DMU.
8. Tolerance Management.
9. Virtual reality.

Passive safety and approval
4 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
1. Introduction.
2. Impact biomechanics.
3. Seats and headrest system.
4. Occupant protection system.
5. Children protection system.
6. Pedestrian Protection.
7. Shock tests.
8. New and future systems.
10. Regulations.
11. Vehicle approval.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • González Benítez, Maria Margarita
    PhD in Science. Professor of Engineering Projects Department of the UPC. Specialist in design for the environment and sustainability tools must.
  • Luzón Narro, Benito Javier
    Responsible for the Technical Calculation Department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Previously, he worked as co-ordinating engineer of impact tests, as well as responsible for the supervision and analysis of impact tests at the passive safety area of the Technical Centre of SEAT. Bachelor degree from the UPC in Industrial Engineering. Besides that, he holds a postgraduate degree in biomechanics and biomaterials from the UPC, and a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering from the same university. Is Assistant lecturer at the UPC, and has teaching experience related to car safety for different professional groups, such as firemen and technical inspectors of vehicles. Is also Director of the Biomechanical Technical Section of the Spanish Society of Automotive Technicians (STA). He is member of the Spanish Society of Biomechanics and Biomaterials, and of the EEVC WG19.

Teaching staff

  • Aloy Callejas, Ernest
    Technician at mechanic project development and responsible for department of Virtual Reality of bodyworks development.
  • Amat Torres, Jordi
    Head of Type Approval and Legislation EU at SEAT¿s Technical Center
  • Amer Montesinos, Salvador
    Salvador holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He has studied multiple specialized fatigue courses, such as "Fatigue of materials and structures", "Selection of materials in mechanical Project" or "Simulation and Analysis of stresses in mechanical components". Since 1987, he has been working as Fatigue Engineer in SEAT. Salvador has international working experience: 2 years as engineer in Acoustics department, and 8 months as Engineer in Audi, also in the Fatigue Laboratory. Currently, he is Head of Fatiga y Extensometría Laboratory a the Technical Center of SEAT.
  • Arregui Dalmases, Carlos
    Ph.D in biomedical engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Master in automotive Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering and postgraduate in biomechanics by the University of Barcelona. Currently lecturer professor at the Universitat politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.
  • Bellorín Segovia, Alejandro
    Alexandro holds a degree from the Central University of Venezuela in Chemical Engineering, and a master degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya in "Automotive Manufacturing & Business Engineering". Nowadays, he is responsible for the validation and control of different components of the vehicle at SEAT.
  • Castellon Oitaben, Oscar
    Oscar holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has more than 10 years of experience in car body painting processes. At present, Oscar is in charge of Paint Engineering Department at SEAT.
  • Castillo González, Xavier
    Degree in Industrial Engineering, specialization in structural mechanics, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is currently responsible for the structure simulation group of the Technical Calculation department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Xavier has over fifteen years of experience in simulation and development of vehicle structure, especially in the area of structural shock.
  • Chaves Miguel, Mario
    Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and a Postgraduate Degree in Bodyworks and Automotive Materials- CARMAT. At present, he is leader of the Car body and Corrosion Team at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • Colet Gali, Juan
    Mechanical Engineer at EUETIB. Currently Head of Interior Finishing (trunk) at SEAT's Technical Centre. Head of Service of cockpit's preliminary plan and Door Mechanism Service. Over 25 year of experience at SEAT's R & D.
  • Colomer Mur, Josep Maria
    Bachelor of Information Sciences. Master NLP. Associate professor at UPC Business Organization Department. Member of the Expert Network in Leadership Development within the Coaching area at Barcelona Activa Teacher and coach in management skills. Teacher in personal skills development programs at UPC PhD office and UPC Alumni
  • Comas i Font, Josep
    Responsible for simulations of Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) at the Technical Centre of SEAT.
  • del Mazo Viñas, Jose Maria
    José María PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Institut Quimic de Sarrià, a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and a Master Degreee in Polymers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is head of the Laboratory of Plastics and Elastomers at SEAT since 1995. Previously, he was the responsible for the Non Metallic Materials Lab at SEAT (1981-1995). José María has an extensive experience as Lecturer at different Master Degrees and Postgraduate Couses related to Materials, Plastics, Life Cycle Assessment methodologies and waste treatments.
  • Delgado Plaza, Pedro Antonio
    Head of service responsible for the Cokpit and Doors in Development Concepts, at SEAT's Technical Centre. Associate Professor of the automotive Elisava Design Master and occupational training programs. With over 25 years experience in the automotive sector (Yamaha and SEAT), in SEAT has developed different task and responsibilities in the departments of Structure, Moving parts, Optimization Series and Development Concepts.
  • Domínguez Díaz, Natàlia
    Industrial mechanical engineer by ETSEIT (UPC) and Master in Numerical Methods in Engineering by CIMNE (UPC). She worked for some years in some different engineering companies as responsible of simulation calculations. From 2004 she is the technical manager of AutoForm Engineering in its Spanish office. AutoForm is an international company focused in the development, sale and support of his own software, also called AutoForm that simulates sheet metal forming processes.
  • Enfedaque Montes, David Jesús
    David holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and Master in Business Administration from ESADE. At present, he is head of the Department of Technical Certification and Legislation at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Since 2003, he has developed his career in Complete Vehicle and Bodywork Development departments, both in Spain and Germany.
  • Escribano Felguera, Juan de Dios
    Head of the services of glazed-wall and clean-washed system at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Lecturer at the Cátedra AGBAR.
  • Fernández Gómez, Antonio
    Head of external Trim services at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Funes Castillo, Raul
    Raúl holds a Bachelor Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Industrial Electronics Engineering. He has worked in many engineering companies, and nowadays he works in the Technical Centre of SEAT as a haptic researcher.
  • García Saura, Maria Teresa
    Licenciada en Geografía e Historia por la Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Técnica Especialista de Riesgos Laborales por la UB. Técnica de los posgrados CARMAT. Carrocería y Materiales de Automoción y ELTICA. Electricidad y Electrónica del Automóvil. Responsable del programa CATIA v5 en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona. Administración y control de los cursos y posgrados realizados por la Cátedra SEAT/UPC, Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya y la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona, en el Departamento de Ingeniería de Proyectos y Construcción de la UPC.
  • Geue, Michael
    Responsible at Testing and Q-Building department at SEAT's Tecnichal Center.
  • González Gallardo, Eduardo
    Responsible for Package and Ergonomics at Technical Centre of SEAT. Eduardo has also been lecturer at the master MIGIA-UPC
  • Hermida Carballeira, Santiago
    Technical Mechanical Engineer (EUITIB). Master Automotive Engineering (MIGIA). At present head of product optimization and customer value department in the Whole Vehicle area at the Technical Center of Seat. Responsibilities in benchmarking studies, weight optimization, cost optimization of produced cars and in the haptic of whole Vehicle.
  • Hervás Sarciat, Daniel
    Responsible for the development of interior design at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Daniel has an extensive teaching experience as lecturer in the Master's degree of Product Design of the Elisava School of Barcelona as well as the Master's degree of Automotion and Design.
  • López Navarro, Ferran
    Especialista en Product Life-cycle Management. Profesor asociado de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Loste, Enrique
    Senior architect for the ETSAB, is responsible for department of surface developmen (Strak) SEAT Technical Centre. Expert in surfaces in the automotive world with industry experience of 15 years, has developed his career in SEAT, VW, AUDI and has participated in projects of other brands such as BMW, Rover and Land Rover.
  • Muñoz, Javier
    Responsible for Doors Mechanisms at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Nonay, Esteban
    Head of Experimention of Moving Body Components at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Oliveras Mérida, Víctor
    Doctor Ingeniero Industrial por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Responsable de coordinación del vehículo eléctrico en SEAT. Su experiencia profesional y académica se centra en la gestión de la innovación, dirección de proyectos y el diseño. Es profesor asociado del Departamento de Proyectos de Ingeniería en la ETSEIB (UPC).
  • Peña Martínez, José
    Responsible for Console Panels and Climate at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Pérez Díaz, Manel
    Manel holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and a Master Degree in Business Administration from EADA. He has held several positions at SEAT, such as Project Engineer, Head of Laboratory, Quality Director and Project Manager.
  • Pérez Rapela, Daniel
    Daniel holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Superior Polytechnic Centre of Zaragoza. His professional career has always been related to the application of finite element techniques to the vehicle development process. Nowadays, Daniel works at the Technical Calculation department at SEAT, where he works on how to enhance the vehicle occupants safety for SEAT and VW group projects.
  • Resina Fabon, Lucia
    Head of the team responsible for the development of Moving Components at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Rodríguez García, Alejandro
    Alejandro Industrial holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering, and a postgraduate Degree in "Bodyworks and Automotive Materials" (CARMAT), both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). After finishing his engineering studies, Alejandro has worked at SEAT. First, he worked as an IDIADA engineer in charge of developing plastic and metal parts, and later as SEAT staff responsible for the development and integration of the upper internal finishes: pilar linings, as well as imperial and related components.
  • Rodríguez Luengo, José Alfonso
    Master degree in Industrial Design and Product Development from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Since 1998, Alfonso is car designer at the Stylish department of SEAT, where he has designed and developed many car projects, Concept cars, and competition prototypes. He has also collaborated with other car manufacturers, such as VW, AUDI and SUZUKI. In 2003, he designed the SEAT ALTEA, prototype that was awarded the European Design Prize in 2003. Since 2011, Alfonso is Design Project Leader of the IBIZA and LEON segments. Since 1995, he is teaching at different schools in Barcelona, such as ESDI, ELISAVA, UPC and ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN. Furthermore, Alfonso collaborates with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies from the Potífica Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been a member of the expert committee of the DELTA Prize of the Industrial Designers Association in 2009 and 2010.
  • Rodriguez Moreno, Juan Carlos
    Responsible for rear vehicle area at the Technical Centre of SEAT. He is also lecturer in the Master's degree of Product Design at the Elisava School of Barcelona
  • Rodríguez Perdices, Javier
    Javier holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is responsible for the development of front and back impact systems, front restraint systems, and seat belts at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Previously, Javier held different responsibilities in passive safety development projects in Audi Q3 and Q5. He has also worked as plastic injection simulation, and structural analysis engineer of automotive parts in Darmstadt (Germany)
  • Román Marín, Joaquim
    Industrial Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Responsible of the inner trimming and passive safety simulation group in the Technical Center of SEAT. He has developed his activity in different aspects within the field of engineering simulation, also including CAE project control.
  • Salinas Pujol, Maria Teresa
    Superior Industrial Engineer, specialized in chemistry at the Politechnical University of Barcelona. Master in Business Administration at ESADE. Her professional career is linked to the automotive industry for more than 20 years of experience. She is currently managing the group of Upper Exterior Trim Development at the SEAT's Technical Center.
  • Sánchez Castillo, Juan Antonio
    Graduate in mechanical Engineering at EUETIB (UPC). Bachelor degree in mechanical Engineering at ETSEIB (UPC). Master in product design and creation at UPC. He comes from SEAT's apprentice school. He works at SEAT's Technical Center since 1988 at different areas of interiors experimentation as head of service at outdoor experimentation, interiors experimentation and actually at project department as head of service of interior door panels development at SEAT's Technical Center.
  • Segura Santillana, Angel
    Angel holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. At present, he is the Head of the hood assembly and control boad at the Technical Centre of SEAT. Angel is expert in crash simulation and passive safety, especially in the area of pedestrian protection
  • Soler Amat, Maria del Pilar
    María del Pilar holds an Industrial Enginnering Degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). She has developed her entire career in the automotive industry, and in particular in the simulaton and presses processes. At present, she is responsible for simultaneous engineering of the presses team at the Presses and Body Shop Processes in SEAT.
  • Tarres Riba, Albert
    Mechanical Engineer. Head of Concept Vehicle Department.
  • Toyas Ruiz, Alberto
    Head of services of structures of seats, head restraints and safety. Alberto is also teacher of professional training in the schools of Granollers and Monlau
  • Tuijtelaars, Fons
    Bachelor of Engineering in Automotive technology (Holland) + Master of Science in International Automotive Engineering (University of Hertfordshire, England). Responsable for DMU & Tolerance Management activities within the area of body & trim development at Seat's Technical Development Center.
  • Viguer Gomez, Carlos
    Responsible for Bumper at the Technical Centre of SEAT
  • Yuba Sans, Ricardo
    Telecommunication Engineering at ETSETB (UPC) and graduate in industrial laser applications at UPC. Dedicated to the automotive sector, always in the areas of bodywork and technology. He is currently head of department of New Technologies "Process presses and sheet metal" at SEAT.
  • Zárate Galván, Ángel Victor
    Víctor holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is responsible for the occupants¿ front impact simulation of the Calculation Department at the Technical Centre of SEAT. He has worked on the development of safety systems (airbags, seat belts, deformable elements, etc.) for SEAT and other brands of the Volkswagen Group, for the North American and European markets. Víctor has also worked in the development of internal finishes.

General information

43 ECTS (374 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:03/10/2017Classes end:04/07/2018Programme ends: 30/09/2018
Monday  17:30 to 21:30Tuesday  17:30 to 21:30Wednesday  17:30 to 21:30
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Contact person
Maria Teresa García Saura

Telephone: (34) 650 705 618
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 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
6.100 €
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.


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 10 days before the starting date of the programme
We believe that CARMAT graduate course is not just a magnificent option to develop your professional skills within the automotive industry but to improve your Spanish in a great city as Barcelona. If you are a foreign student with basic knowledge of Spanish and want to join the CARMAT graduate course we offer you intensive Spanish courses at attractive prices. The Spanish courses begin in September and are 8 weeks long (96 hours), so by the time the CARMAT begins you are able to follow the classes more comfortably. If you wish, once the course and your scholarship in SEAT begin it would be possible to continue studying an extensive Spanish course.
If you are interested in getting more details about the Spanish courses please contact Abel Zahinos:
Besides, discounts and loans to students are available on the FPC website:
"Study and Practice"
Students enrolled in the CARMAT, which are not working, are eligible for "Study and Practice" scholarships. Students receiving these fellowships will be practicing in the SEAT T while they pass the graduate course. Practices are carried out in a technical department, under the supervision of a SEAT tutor, from 8:00h to 14:00h. These fellowships include a 400 euros/month grant, plus transportation from Barcelona to the SEAT facilities and food. People interested in applying to the fellowships should send their CV and a cover letter, up to two A4 sheets, to In this letter the candidate may include, among other information, their personal skills, reasons to apply for the graduate course, and expectations on how the training received at the graduate course will help them in their professional career.

Related entities


  • Centro Técnico SEAT S.A.