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IT in Production and Logistics

Modern production and logistics systems are inconceivable without computers. Information technology supports processes at all levels, from the immediate processing or handling of a workpiece to the global supply network. This results in the demand for flexible, maintainable and robust IT systems, whose creation, adaptation and operation must be planned, controlled and in many cases also implemented in detail and for which engineers are responsible.

Model of an automatic high-bay warehouse © ITPL​/​ TU Dortmund

The specialization IT in Production and Logistics is offered at the Technical University of Dortmund by the Department of IT in Production and Logistics. The elective modules of the profile are represented by the Chair of Corporate Logistics, the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing, the Chair of Work and Production Systems, the Chair of Industrial Robotics and Production Automation, the Institute of Machining Technology, the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction and the Department of Machine Elements.

The mission of the IT in Production and Logistics specialization is to train engineers who combine knowledge and experience of state-of-the-art computer technology with solid engineering knowledge. In the IT-oriented sub-modules, students learn both the procedures for the development, introduction and maintenance of software as well as how to classify current basic technologies of information technology and assess them in terms of cost, benefit and suitability for specific applications. Students in the profile also gain experience in their own elaboration of information technology systems, from which they can draw when planning complex systems. The engineering knowledge from the Bachelor's program is deepened in the elective modules, each of which covers production engineering and logistics topics with an IT connection.

The Department of IT in Production and Logistics maintains intensive relationships with industrial companies, IT companies and research institutions in Germany and abroad. The close cooperation offers students the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art developments, for example in the context of their final thesis, and to establish direct contacts with future employers or for stays abroad.

The profile consists of a compulsory as well as an elective area. For more detailed descriptions of the selectable modules, please refer to the Module Handbook Master in Mechanical Engineering.

Competences and job profiles

Specialists who are well versed in current fields of information technology are always in demand - even in times of crisis. Even more important to the companies is the engineer who understands and can plan the production-technical as well as logistical interrelationships, but at the same time professionally masters the design of the associated information technology.

Career opportunities exist in all industrial sectors as well as in the service sector of logistics. In addition, there are excellent opportunities in management consulting, where the competence combination of engineering knowledge and information technology is in broad demand.


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.

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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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