Continuing education programmes in the field of Engineering & Technology

CAS Product Innovation and Leadership for Engineers

"CAS Product Innovation and Leadership for Engineers" gives engineers an overview of the trends and development tools in technology. It imparts business basic knowledge to manage R&D teams and development projects professionally and thus achieve sustainable innovation success.

Technical specialist and methodical competences of the participants are deepened, supplemented with relevant and current topics from the areas of business management, project management, environmental management and law, and are rounded off by imparting management competences.

CAS Industrie 4.0

Industry 4.0 breaks open existing added value chains and changes complete industries. The successful implementation of new business models requires competences from various disciplines. Therefore, the ZHAW School of Engineering has bundled its expertise in the Industry 4.0 area and combines existing know-how in various areas into a holistic application. The continuing education course "CAS Industry 4.0 – from the idea to the implementation" comprises the subject areas "Cyber-physical Mechatronic Systems and Smart Factory Concepts at Plant Level", "Internet of Things (IoT)", "New Manufacturing Technologies and Product Life Cycle Management (PLM)", "Predictive Maintenance (PM)", "Risk Management in the Industry 4.0 Context" and "Business Modelling and Servitisation"

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CAS Industrie 4.0

DAS Mathematics for teachers in vocational schools

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) in the "Guidelines for Qualification of Teachers for Teachers for Subjects of the Vocational School-leaving Certificate" dated May 1, 2015 implemented the principle that any prospective teacher must demonstrate academic performance of at least 90 ECTS credit points in the relevant vocational school-leaving certificate subject.  In German-speaking Switzerland, engineers and scientists with Bachelor or Master degree form an important segment of the teaching body in the mathematics vocational school-leaving subject. However, according to the guidelines, candidates with this profile can no longer be permanently employed as teachers for mathematics as a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate subject, as their academic performance in "pure" and "applied" mathematics will hardly exceed 60 ECTS credit points. For appointments in the Zurich canton, the list for the professional qualification of the teachers (can be seen on our website) provides information about the starting position.

These continuing education courses provide the affected persons with the possibility to make up for lacking ECTS credit points in mathematics using modules that specifically focus on vocational school teaching in mathematics.

DAS Welding Technology

During the “DAS Welding Technology” programme, you will acquire the precise specialised knowledge that meets the requirements recommended by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) for welding supervisors. This is possible thanks to the close collaboration with the Swiss Association of Welding Technology (SVS) and the expertise of the ZHAW School of Engineering.

Graduates with a university degree will receive the “DAS Welding Technology” certification as well as the interna-tionally recognised “International Welding Engineer IWE” diploma.

Graduates from professional schools or technical colleges will receive the “DAS Welding Technology” certification along with the in-ternationally recognised “International Welding Engineer IWE” diploma.

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DAS Welding Technology

CEC Additive Manufacturing (3D print)

Additive manufacturing processes (3D print) are increasing in significance. Whereas this technology was first used in the creation of prototypes and models, it is now making inroads in serial production as well. Additive manufacturing processes have already established themselves in product development and production in various fields of mechanical engineering, medical technology and aircraft manufacturing, for example.

Our “CEC Additive Manufacturing (3D print)” continuing education course teaches you the different additive manufacturing processes and the corresponding procedures for the pre- and post-preparation of various applications and expands this knowledge in practical exercises. In addition, the course illustrates the benefits of this process compared to conventional manufacturing, as well as the limits of additive manufacturing.

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CEC Additive Manufacturing (3D print)

CEC Automation Update

Our “CEC Automation Update” continuing education course provides participants with an overview of automation technology along the lines of: “What is feasible and what tools are used in this industry?”

The course is designed for people who work in the area of automation technology but are not involved with it directly themselves yet would like to gain a thorough overview of it.

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CEC Automation Update (in German)

CEC Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Engineers at work often face the task of recording, processing and evaluating sensor signals. For reasons of cost and flexibility, the realisation of classic analogue electronics is shifting toward digital signal processing. This trend is increasing thanks to ever cheaper signal processors and new micro-controllers with special signal processing hardware.

The “CEC Digital Signal Processing (DSP)” continuing education course uses practical examples and selected theory chapters to show how such challenges can be overcome efficiently, quickly and effectively with the algorithms and methods of DSP.

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CEC Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

CEC High-frequency technology

While the interface between analogue and digital processing is increasingly moving in the digital direction, the remaining analogue part must process increasingly higher frequencies, bandwidths and dynamic ranges. This development is most evident in the Software Defined Radio (SDR) area, where whole mobile radio bands are digitalised at once and processed in the digital domain. Comparable developments are also underway in other areas. The High-Frequency Technology continuing education course (WBK) shows, based on practical examples and selected theories, how the analogue components of such modern systems are designed, how they are applied and with which methods and measuring equipment they are characterised.

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CEC High-frequency technology (in German)

CEC Energy Basic Knowledge

The Basic Knowledge WBK provides the tool to become familiar with various energy topics. General principles and an overview of the most important topics of energy supply are taught. The Energy Basic Knowledge WBK has a multi-disciplinary structure and considers the subject of energy from various viewpoints. Special knowledge is not required; however, technical interest is an advantage.

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CEC Energy Basic Knowledge (in German)

CEC Solar power generation, storage and own use in optimised electricity grids

This continuing education course is concerned with the direct and current technical and economic issues of the effect of the increasing installation of photovoltaics systems and on the changes in the electricity distribution grid. Particular attention is paid to the technical and economic aspects that contribute to the increase of the self-used proportion of the locally generated solar power.