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Industrial Automation and Robotics

About the course

Do you have the ambition to become an engineer in an Industrial environment?

This industrial and technically demanding environment is the context of the minor Industrial Automation and Robotics (IAR). Companies like Philips, AWL and VMI are important partners for us. This multidisciplinary minor will be in English, which makes it possible to work with international students and companies. Innovation in an industrial environment is the leading force in this minor.


Aanvullende informatie

Group work

You will work in a group with Dutch students and you follow classes with other international students. This will help you to develop intercultural skills.


Practical information

For information on entry requirements, application deadlines, semester duration, accommodation and on how to apply, please visit our website:


Course modules Industrial Automation and Robotics

Industrial robotics * – 3 ECTS credits

This course consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The context is an industrial environment and more specifically an Industrial robot. We work with ABB Robots, a well-known and renowned brand. The practical part is also based on the RobotStudio Environment. Goal of this course is to realize a working program.

Production Technology – 3 ECTS credits

This course consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The basis for this course is to become familiar with modern manufacturing and production methods and opportunities for automation. Topics in this course include Smart Welding, Laser Welding, Smart Assembly Tools, Additive Manufacturing, Surface Treatment Technology.

Industrial components – 2 ECTS credits

The question ‘What components are used in a modern Industrial environment’ is the central question in this course. Information is given about components like cylinders, motors and frequency converters. At the end of this course the student is able to make his own design decisions.

Control of industrial processes * – 3 ECTS

The main part of this course consists of the design of a PLC program to control a mechatronic or industrial setup. The Siemens TIA Portal software platform will be used in combination with a Siemens PLC. At the end of this course the student is able to design and implement the program, load it into the PLC and control a certain hardware setup.

Machine Vision * – 2 ECTS credits

This course explains the use of vision software and cameras for product identification and location.

* This course uses dedicated software, a laptop with a recent Windows© installation is required.

Operations Management – 3 ECTS credits

The basis for this course is concerned with designing and controlling the production process. It involves both technological and organizational variables. Topics in this course include Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, Quick Response Manufacturing, Theory Of Constraints, FMECA, Smart Maintenance. This course consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

Project – 10 ECTS credits

In the project the student will get the opportunity to put theory into practice in a company. During the execution of this project the student will work in a multidisciplinary setting in the company for approximately thirty days.

Optional modules – 4 ECTS credits

This is a multidisciplinary minor with ICT, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering students. For each profile there are different optional modules available:

• Drive Technology (ICT & ME)

• Design Software 3D CAD (ICT & E)

• CE Marking (ICT, ME & EXCH)

• Basic Programming ** (E & ME & International students)

Each module is 2 ECTS credits, so there is a minimum of two modules to choose.

Course modules Windesheim General Programme

Compulsory for all international students:

• Introduction to Windesheim (2 ECTS credits)

Elective modules for all international students:

• Dutch Language 1: Introduction (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Language 2: Intermediate (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Society 1 (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Society 2 (3 ECTS credits)

• Intercultural Awareness (3 ECTS credits)

• Drama and Improvisation (3 ECTS credits)

** The module Basic Programming is obligatory for students without or with little programming experience.


Since august / January:



For questions about the programme:

Mr Leo van der Ploeg, coordinator

Phone: +31 88 469 84 55


Mr Freek Noordhuis, coordinator

Phone: +31 88 469 77 82


Mr Paul Touw, international coordinator

Phone: +31 88 469 77 93


For general questions about exchange programmes:

Windesheim International Office

Phone: +31 88 469 97 77