New specialisation offered by Cracow University of Technology in collaboration with NEWAG

Poli­tech­nika Kra­kow­ska– Cra­cow Uni­ver­sity of Tech­no­logy has a new spe­cia­li­sa­tion in Rail Vehicle Engi­ne­ering in the pro­gramme run by the Insti­tute of Rail Vehic­les at the Faculty of Mecha­ni­cal Engi­ne­ering offe­red in col­la­bo­ra­tion with NEWAG – a leading Polish manu­fac­tu­rer  of cutting-edge rol­ling stock and with other top com­pa­nies in the rol­ling stock industry.

In response to future employ­ers’ needs, the spe­cia­li­sa­tion com­bi­nes the­ory and prac­tice. In spe­cia­list cour­ses stu­dents will learn the­ore­ti­cal aspects and gain skills and prac­ti­cal expe­rience in design, con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and ope­ra­tion of rail vehic­les which will make it easier for them to find jobs with com­pa­nies rela­ted to rail trans­port and in other busi­ness sec­tors. The new spe­cia­li­sa­tion is a response to a dyna­mi­cally deve­lo­ping rail vehicle mar­ket and con­se­qu­en­tly, an incre­ased demand for tra­ined engi­ne­ering staff in this branch.

Close col­la­bo­ra­tion with the rail vehicle indu­stry is the main assump­tion of the spe­cia­li­sa­tion.  Stu­dent teams  of  up to 15 people will meet the requ­ire­ments of the “master– disci­ple” idea, namely pro­vi­ding close con­tact between stu­dents, aca­de­mic faculty and  highly quali­fied pro­fes­sio­nals in the field.

Clas­ses will be tau­ght by pro­fes­sors of Cra­cow Uni­ver­sity of Tech­no­logy as well as by  indu­stry pro­fes­sio­nals and repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of com­pa­nies and indu­stry insti­tu­tions dealing with desi­gning and manu­fac­tu­ring rail vehic­les and their sub­sys­tems and components.

The big­gest inno­va­tion, as com­pa­red to other spe­cia­li­sa­tions offe­red, will be paid indu­stry pla­ce­ments for engi­ne­ers held at selec­ted com­pa­nies which will last the whole final seme­ster  during which stu­dents will be able to use in prac­tice the know­ledge and skills gained at uni­ver­sity. They will work using IT sys­tems they have maste­red during IT labs at col­lege. Their engi­ne­ering final the­ses will be based on pro­jects they wor­ked on during their indu­strial pla­ce­ments and will be super­vi­sed by two super­vi­sors: an aca­de­mic faculty from the Uni­ver­sity and indu­stry representatives.