Graduates in Engineering Physics ("Bachelor of Engineering") are in high demand in the current professional labour market. This is -among other factors- due to the flexibility of graduates, i.e. their ability to work in different sectors of the engineering industry.
These encompass technology-based sectors as well as the natural sciences. Due to streamlining in many of today's companies and independent work processes of small business-units, 'allrounders' are increasingly in demand. Our graduates are not specifically trained to manage research units or develop new technologies, rather they are trained to convert scientific processes and already-existing technologies into customised end products, start running technologically-challenging machines and calibrate complex technical installations, for example, measuring devices for gas analyses (mass spectrometer, gas chromatography, and IR-spectrometer). The basic units for these instruments are available at (mainly international) producers. Successful commercialisation of devices depends on excellent customer service, i.e. customers receive devices already fitted and tailored to their measurement requirements. This involves technical packing (e.g. type of detectors) as well as the installation of software. Furthermore, the sensor technology industry is providing job prospects.
Very inexpensive sensor systems are available as mass products nowadays. However, especially in Germany, a large number of enterprises have been established, which connect and read-out these devices based on individual customer requirements, install alarm outputs, pre-programme thresholds and provide ready-for-use systems.
Both of these services require a very good understanding of complex physico-chemical principles, background knowledge in electronics, know-how of hardware and the ability to programme customer applications. In many cases, the producer will indirectly have contact with the customer. More examples include commercial implementation of micro-system technology as well as installations of control and measurement technology (e.g. mass flow control).
Upon graduation our students often chose a position in:
- industrial enterprises,
- small technology companies,
- regional branches of big corporations,
- research institutions
The following areas of responsibility are particularly common:
- interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the areas of development, production and automation,
- application-oriented development
- engineering customised technical devices, e.g. measuring apparatuses,
- distribution of complex technical equipment and apparatuses (e.g. scientific measuring devices).