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Design Traineeship in Information and Communication Technology

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Language of education
English (100%)
24 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The technological designer programs of the 3TU School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute were initiated at the request of the Dutch high-tech industry.

High-tech companies need professionals who can design and develop complex new products and processes and offer innovative solutions. All programmes work closely together with high-tech industry, offering the trainees the opportunity to participate in large-scale, interdisciplinary design projects under industrial circumstances. With this unique cooperation we provide our trainees with a valuable network of contacts in industry.

Stan Ackermans Institute has ten two-year full-time programmes, leading to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng). Our programs offer the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience by means of a personal and practical design assignment, under the supervision of experienced design professionals. You will be appointed for the duration of the programme for a maximum of two years. You will also become a member of the scientific staff of the TU/e and receive a salary.

Course outline
Case studies, integration module, practicum, colloquium, internship, project, computer exercise, laboratory work, self evaluation, lecture, self study, design project, literature study, seminar, research, tutorial, research project, traineeship, research proposal, working group, group assignment, oral presentation, workshop, group discussion, portfolio, individual assignment, poster presentations.

Why Study Information and Communication Technology Curriculum?

The design of innovative consumer products and professional systems that communicate with their (global) environment (e.g. wireless and electro-optical communication) is extremely challenging. This leads to many new solutions, for example embedded software and monolithic integrated (opto) electronic circuits in the field of telecommunication, medical applications and consumer products.

The ICT program educates you in the designing of systems that can process, store and convey information in every sense of the word. This program includes describing and simulating circuit parts and designing and constructing system parts and components. In addition, the interaction between hard- and software is fully addressed.

Information and Communication Technology Curriculum

Each Information and Communication Technology trainee has an individual Training and Coaching Scheme, which consists of mandatory courses like: Methods and Techniques for Design, Design Methods, Specification of Complex Hardware/Software Systems, Professional Development, Project Based Management, Workshops, Mandatory Specialization Courses, Elective Courses, and Industrial Design Projects.

1st year
In accordance with the supervising professor the candidate will be given the opportunity to gather specialized knowledge for the second years final design project already in the first year of your Traineeship. 

You will be coached by experienced design engineers from industry and/or by TU/e staff with clear and relevant design experience. You will acquire independence and learn to make choices and work well in a project-based manner.

After 1st year
The second part of the programme consists of a (12 months) design project (in some cases spread over two years), preferably in industry. 

The project can be part of a(n) (inter-) national funded project in collaboration with industrial partners. These are challenging projects with a high reality value that are aimed at the development of your design engineers' abilities. 
In the project, a specific design objective must be reached within a restricted period of time and with limited means.

About Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

- science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy,  Health and Smart Mobility
- science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
- science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

Excellent Education
We see it as our duty to train engineers to possess a sound scientific basis and scientific depth. They also have the necessary skills to successfully flourish in social sectors and functions.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

MSc in electrical engineering, (technical) physics, computer science or mathematics.

Professional experience

No, however any professional design experience in industry is of great value.

Knowledge minimum

Excellent results in previous studies, motivation and personality, team worker. IELTS test (not older than 1 year) is obligatory.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6.5, IELTS reading: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6.5

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