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Graduates Testimonials

Kory William O'Connor MSc

Nationality: United States of America
AMM graduation: 2019
Current employer: PACCAR

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favorite master´s program?
I have always had a passion for automotive technology and learning about the different kinds that are being developed. I became interested in Mechatronics after understanding the potential of combining sensors and actuators through control systems and I gained management interest through my experience as a leader in academic club activities. When I heard about AMM, I knew it would be a great fit for me because it combined all three of these interests into one program. An additional bonus that stood out to me was the ability to gain work experience through the program while working on my master’s thesis.

What makes studying AMM so special?
AMM is special because it is a dual program, allowing the student to study automotive technology and management information as well as working with a company on projects to gain industry experience. Studying AMM covers the automotive basics and dives into the future of automotive technology, focusing on advanced driver assistance systems and electrification of the powertrain. Learning about these two topics made me excited for the future of automotive engineering. Using this information in daily work with a company validates the importance of this new technology going forward.

At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?
I worked with Miba to complete my semester projects and master thesis. I first started in the Industrial Engineering department, working on dynamic system modeling to improve system performance and reduce faults within the final products. From there I transferred to Miba Frictec, where I worked in the R&D department. I worked on testing and analyzing friction disc products for Frictec to determine product properties for customer requirements. Creating a test matrix and analyzing large data sets to conclude on the product properties was the basis for my master’s thesis.

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
I am now working for PACCAR in their Kenworth truck Division. PACCAR is a global truck company with Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF as their major product divisions. I am a part of the Vehicle Integration team as a Vehicle Function Definition Engineer. My responsibilities are to define and manage functional requirements for software systems within the next generation of trucks. My team is on the upper left corner of the V-cycle and we communicate with the software developers to ensure the final product meets the customer’s requests. The exciting part about my job is that we will be taking on function definition of new ADAS and electrification systems within the trucks.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
My advice to incoming students is to get involved in some extracurricular activity. Whether it is an academic project or student organization responsibility, having that extra activity makes you stand out amongst the rest of your colleagues and employers look for this. Extracurricular activities show that you go above the required work load of a student and that is beneficial to you and your future employer.

Maximilian Trenker MSc

Nationality: Germany
AMM graduation: 2019
Current employer: KTM AG

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favourite master´s programme?
The opportunity to work and study at the same time in an automotive company such current and important topics convinced me right away. I worked already before by master studies at KTM and studying “Automotive Mechatronics and Management” seemed the perfect fit to proceed my career at KTM and increase my automotive specific knowledge with my studies.After my successful graduation I can say that all my hopes and expectations were outmatched. 

What makes studying AMM so special?
It is great to have practical experiences on a weekly base where it is possible to apply the new learned knowledge gained during the theoretical days at the Fh. The companies are also getting some new inputs from the students due to all these different views and backgrounds of the “AMM” professors. The “AMM” professors usually have an interesting automotive background and most of the time still work at some important OEMs or suppliers. Due to this kind of professors, the practical point of view is also during the lectures omnipresent with up-to-date examples out of a daily life of an automotive engineer. Participating in the “Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2018” was an amazing experience for our AMM-team, too. We got a great opportunity to learn in a practical manner about autonomous driving and gained specific knowledge in such a current topic having top-of-the-art equipment.

At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?
I worked during my studies at the KTM AG in the “engine simulation and component testing” department starting from the first semester.

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
I still work at KTM and in the above mentioned department as a CFD engineer simulating motors and internal combustion engines.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Keep on going, although it will be though and stressful! Such a mix out of practical and theoretical experiences combined with a passionated head of studies is a real unique opportunity for everyone who wants to proceed a career in the automotive segment. Don’t be afraid to move to Austria to a smaller city like Wels or maybe to start working at a company you didn’t know before. All these hidden champions are the first important steps you take to achieve your personal goal of a great engineering career at an international automotive company.    

Dave D’sa MSc

Nationality: New Zealand
AMM graduation: 2019
Current employer: Elektronische Fahrwerksysteme GmbH

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favourite master´s programme?
Choosing the AMM program was easy as it would give me the opportunity to learn further about automotive mechatronics systems as well as a range of management subjects. After having completed my Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering, I was interested in focusing on the automotive industry. The biggest factor for choosing this program was the cooperation between leading companies within the automotive industry in the Upper Austria area and the AMM study program, and the fact that you are required to work in the industry at one of these partner companies while you study. This was something I was looking forward to.

What makes studying AMM so special?
Apart from working at a company for a part of the week, it is interesting having professionals from the automotive and engineering industry as lecturers for some courses. This can result in special insights as well as connections with companies. We also go on excursions to companies in the industry occasionally. Another aspect is having such an international learning environment with students from many different countries which can make your time here quite entertaining, as you'll meet a lot of interesting people.

At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?
In the second and third semesters, I completed my company and R&D projects with Miba Sinter Austria GmbH. For my thesis, I completed my project with Elektronische Fahrwerksysteme GmbH (EFS).

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
After graduation, I will continue working for EFS as a developer in the virtual development department.
 
What advice would you give to incoming students?
There are many different opportunities available at the FH and in the Upper Austrian area, so my advice would be to spend some time and look into what's possible, whether it is work/company related or for fun. Also, while you could survive without it, learning German will definitely help especially when working at a company.

Lewis Neville MSc

Nationality: India
AMM graduation: 2018
Current employer: KTM Technologies, Anif/Salzburg

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favourite master´s programme?
We live in a world where technology is evolving exponentially faster than anyone could have predicted. As an engineer, it is important not only to keep up with this pace but also to build upon the theories and challenge your peers, so we can move closer to a perfectly synchronized civilization. I have chosen the AMM program because it resonates closely with my mechanical, electronics and automotive passion. The dimension of management gives me a new perspective of how businesses can run like clockwork through the midst of fuzzy and complex challenges. This course had the right balance to sculpt me into the engineer I am today and help me make a step towards a better future.

What makes studying AMM so special?
This course has been shaped by the vast automotive industries present in Austria. Tuned and polished by the faculty and students, it has grown to be one of the best branches in engineering. This course gives the students the ability to see the larger picture in any project. The faculty and administration are extremely supportive to feedbacks and value the student’s views. Personally, I find that the most special element is, that AMM continuously adapts to the changing industry needs.

At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?
BRP Rotax, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, KTM Sportcar.

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
I am currently employed at KTM_Technologies as an Electrics, Electronics and Software Engineer. My main task is to develop electric motors to power the forthcoming electric future.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Take advantage of the time you have in the first semester and explore the country. Seize the different opportunities at the FH and get involved in the various groups. Never loose focus of why you chose to be an engineer.
Don’t work hard, work smart! :-)

Florian Diesenreiter MSc

AMM graduation: 2018
Current employer: BMW Motoren, Steyr

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favourite master´s programme?
Studying AMM provides the best possible preparation for working as a professional in leading companies in the automotive industry. The combination of the theoretical knowledge taught during the lectures and the practical insights gained from projects which were carried out at partner companies provides a very unique and valuable skillset. That´s why I chose AMM as my favourite master´s programme and I am very proud and happy that I got the chance to experience those 2 years and finish the programme after all.

What makes studying AMM so special?
Studying AMM is very unique as it features a lot of diversity. The combination of studying and working paired with getting to know people from all around the world are features, which definetly won´t be offered by lots of other study programmes.
 
At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?
•    Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr
•    BMW Motoren Steyr

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
•    BMW Motoren Steyr as a development engineer for engine cooling systems and engine diagnostics

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Especially for incoming students a proper integration in small groups who work and study together is in my opinion crucial for successfully finishing the studies. From time to time you will need the support of a group to help each other out. I myself would probably not have been able to finish the studies without the support of my colleagues. Therefore I would recommend to socially integrate yourself in the group as it makes study life way more easy and enjoyable.

Grant Pringle MSc

Nationality: South Africa
AMM graduation: 2018
Current employer: KTM AG, Mattighofen

Why did you choose „Automotive Mechatronics and Management“ as your favourite master´s programme?
I completed my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in South Africa, and having worked in the Automotive industry in both SA and Austria, it was a natural selection for me to choose the Automotive Mechatronics and Management Master’s degree and further my studies in Austria.

What makes studying AMM so special?
This study program was born from the desire of the AMM partner companies requiring multi-faceted engineers. The forward thinking AMM Professors answered their call by creating this unique dual master’s degree which combines automotive engineering techniques and management expertise with practice-oriented company projects.
This ensures that the graduates have a broad skillset and are capable of developing innovative solutions be it in the engineering or management departments as well as having the opportunity to gain Austrian work experience during the course of the studies.
Setting my sights on the Upper Austrian Automotive industry, I realised being part of the AMM team was the first significant step in which I had to take in order to succeed in my career plan.  

At which companies did you carry out your study immanent projects?

I completed my semester 2 project work within BRP Rotax, focusing on process engineering within the prototype department.
I then moved to Steyr Motors where I completed my 3rd semester project work which formed the basis for my master project and then went on to completed my Master thesis focusing on the development of diagnostics software for On-board diagnostics applications.  

Which company have you worked for since graduation and in which function?
Upon graduating, I have finally achieved my target, and am now working for KTM – Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer.
I managed to continue in the topic of my master thesis work and am currently employed as an Application engineer focusing on OBD topics.

What advice would you give to incoming students?
Learn basic German, it will help in work and life in Austria!
Develop a target for yourself and don’t stop working until you have achieved it,
and then develop another ;-)