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Materials/ Quality Control

Materials are omnipresent in our everyday lives. Therefore, the material-specific behaviour must be known and taken into account during production, use and disposal. In this profile, students acquire a fundamental knowledge regarding established materials engineering processes and analysis methods. In addition, students gain a deeper understanding of materials science, insights into industrial processes and their economic application.

In addition to building up theoretical knowledge, interested students are offered the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained about manufacturing, processing and analysis methods in the field of materials technology and testing within specialist laboratories, student research projects and bachelor theses, also in connection with research and industrial projects. In this way, knowledge of various materials and processes, the fundamentals of which were developed in teaching, can be usefully deepened and supplemented in research and application.

The profile consists of a compulsory and an elective part. For more detailed descriptions of the selectable modules, please refer to the Module Handbook Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering


Werkstofftechnik Maschine © LWT​/​ TU Dortmund
Bauteilbeschichtung mittels Hochgeschwindigkeitsflammspritzen © LWT​/​ TU Dortmund
Mikrosonde © LWT​/​ TU Dortmund

Competences and job profiles

With their studies, students of materials science, materials engineering and materials testing qualify for jobs in various fields. The spectrum of applications ranges from research, development and engineering to production and quality assurance. In industry, materials engineers are needed wherever materials are produced, processed and refined, which opens up a very broad and interdisciplinary field of tasks, such as:

  • In materials development, materials engineers deal with the targeted production of new types of materials with a desired property profile as well as their processing options for improving already established products or new applications. Possible target parameters include good recyclability, long service life, resource-saving production and sustainable processing methods.
  • In the area of material selection, there are links to product design, whereby interdisciplinary cooperation with designers, constructors, calculation engineers and materials scientists is necessary in order to fully exploit the potential of the selected materials, e.g. for the realisation of lightweight construction concepts.
  • Within materials testing, suitable analysis methods based on mechanical, thermal, chemical and/or physical phenomena must be selected. Based on this, measurements are taken on the components, the measurement signals are evaluated in a suitable manner and finally the results are used to evaluate the component quality and component properties. Both destructive and non-destructive methods are classically used for this.
  • In production technology, materials engineers deal with manufacturing and processing methods for materials, often with the aim of reducing costs and/or improving quality.
  • In application technology, engineers strive to develop new uses for innovative material systems for new fields of application. Often, the use of new material systems leads to novel design possibilities due to the optimised compliance of the requirement profile with the material properties while simultaneously increasing economic efficiency.
  • Materials consulting includes the analysis and evaluation of damage cases as well as the development of prevention strategies. In this field of work in particular, there is the possibility of freelance work in an engineering office. As a permanent position, employment at the patent office, a consulting firm or in sales is conceivable.


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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