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Industrial Automation

The Industrial Automation minor focuses on the automation of production processes and systems.

Brief outline

The Industrial Automation minor focuses on the automation of production processes and systems.

This minor provides you with the basic knowledge about the automation of these systems. Topics like sensors, actuators, control & monitoring systems (PLC and SCADA), industrial networks, machine vision, analysis/optimization of production systems, will be addressed.


Learning outcomes

  • Basic knowledge about commonly used sensors, electric actuators and pneumatic components, machine vision components, industrial network protocols;
  • Design of measurement systems & drive systems;
  • Programming of production systems using PLC’s and supervising them using SCADA;
  • Designing a machine vision system and programming vision algorithms;
  • Modelling, simulating and optimizing production systems;
  • Systematic design of (sub)systems of automized systems following a systems engineering approach;

Aanvullende informatie

Before submitting through Kies op Maat please contact the minor contact person : Mark Rijkeboer ( if participating is still possible or whether the maximum number of participants has been reached.

How do I apply?

The application process regarding the Kies op Maat minor at Saxion is a bit different than described at

How does it work?

Step 1: Download the learning agreement from the Kies op Maat website and let it sign by a member of the exam commission at your own educational institution ánd sign the document yourself.
Step 2: go to and fill in your personal data
Step 3: you will receive an automatic generated email from IAM including your username and password
Step 4: go the, log on with your username and password which you have received from IAM and apply!
Step 5: After this we can process your application for a Kies op Maat minor at Saxion

Please note : in step 6 you are requested to upload some documents. The following documents we need:

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card. No driving license!
  • A copy of your propaedeutic diploma or a printout from the DUO diploma register. In case you do not have the propaedeutic diploma yet, we would like to receive an official statement from your educational institution in which they state that you will receive the propaedeutic diploma before the start of the minor.
  • Learning agreement, page 1, 2 and 3 (signed by a member of the exam commission of your own education institution and student)
  • Original Proof of Payment. You can collect the document, even when you are paying in terms, at your own educational institution. Soon you will receive more information.

If you have further questions, please let us know. You can contact Saxion Student Registration, telephone number: 088 – 019 1808.


Target group

Students of the following full time programs can enrol in the minor Industrial Automation:

Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Applied Physics.

Requirements to be admissible: having successfully passed the propaedeutic exam of one of these bachelor programs.
For multiple modules a basic skill in programming is required (and of course affinity with writing code).


Assessment methods

The courses are being examined through a mix of practical assignments, group assignments, individual written / online examinations and a project assignment.


The literature list will be published on Blackboard.


Course structure

The minor is organized as a contiguous block of two periods (kwartielen).

Every student participates in the Project Industrial Automation and enrols in the following modules:

  • Actuators & sensors (5 ECTS)
  • Control & monitoring systems (5 ECTS)
  • Simulation/optimization of production systems (5 ECTS)
  • Vision (5 ECTS)
  • Project Industrial Automation (10 ECTS)

During the first period the focus will be on the first 4 course modules, and during the second period this focus will shift to the Project Industrial Automation.