MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation

Program Description

The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Haripur-KPK is established with the vision to address the gap of Automation in Manufacturing Industry in Pakistan by producing competent engineers who would play their role in the Automation of Manufacturing industry using modern/state of the art techniques. To achieve this goal, the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering has started MS program in Mechanical Manufacturing & Automation. This program will provide comprehensive knowledge in Manufacturing and Automation including design, manufacturing, operation control and automation of production processes. The program will cover important aspects of Manufacturing & Automation with curriculum including, but not limited to, advanced mechanical design, design optimization techniques, modern design processes, robotics, control, computer integrated manufacturing and industrial automation. The rationale behind this program is aimed at developing a pool of highly trained professionals with Master’s degree in the specialized field of Manufacturing & Automation to lead research and development activities and solve challenging problems in academic and industrial domains.

Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation is a complex technology discipline that deals with the design, manufacture, operation/control and production process of all kinds of industrial machinery/equipment and electro-mechanical products. The program is meant to train engineering and technical personnel with the basic knowledge and application skills of mechanical design and manufacturing with the integration of automatic control technology.

Why Study at PAF IAST?

Location and Ambience

PAF IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides, offering one even the ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. To its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. The ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity and aesthetic sensibilities of the human eye is a serene island of its own kind, far from the chaos, congestion, and cacophony of metropolitan culture. The major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.

Technology Advancement and Foreign Partnership

This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. All faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn and benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions, the institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. The institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. We have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.

Academia-Industry Relationship

There is a strong synergetic relationship between academia and industry which paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. This will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives

On-Spot Industry Internship

It will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. This will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.

Need and Merit-based Scholarships

Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.

Objectives of the Program

The Master’s Program in Mechanical Manufacturing & Automation will provide a comprehensive coverage of Manufacturing & Automation to sharpen the skills of graduates and for those with experience of the industry, who wish to acquire the skills/expertise which are necessary to meet the challenges of 21st century. The program covers both theoretical and practical aspects of Manufacturing & Automation and imparts the skills and knowledge highly related to the modern-day industry. The key objectives of the program are as follows:

Build national capacity to carry out R&D in the emerging field of Manufacturing and Automation by solving industrial problems.

Solve local problems and take solutions to market through technology commercialization and licensing

Provide high-value shared services to academia, startups and industrial partners

Human Resource Development in the field of Manufacturing and Automation

Career Prospects:

Manufacturing and Automation education has become pivotal in establishing a competitive posture across the entire spectrum of Machining industry in Pakistan. Both the reality and perception of domestic production points to the need for a stronger, more productive manufacturing industry in the country by producing high quality parts at low cost. Manufacturing and Automation spans a broad spectrum of engineering topics such as: Computer Aided Design; Computer Aided Manufacturing; Robotics & Automation; Numerical Control; Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Flexible Manufacturing System; Product Design; Manufacturing Processes and Quality Control. The Master’s degree Program in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation will emphasize on the following fields and industries.

The establishment and implementation of mechanical design and manufacturing processes

The students will benefit from a research-led culture with the expertise in applying engineering science to solve problems of industrial and societal significance.

Robotics & automation industry

The students will benefit from the excellent links with industry to gain real-world experience during their study.

The manufacturing automation industry

The faculty at PAF-IAST is foreign qualified and is instrumental in fostering academic, research and innovation strengths in students

The design and manufacturing of the processes and tooling

After completing the coursework at PAF-IAST, the students will have an opportunity to carry out the research thesis at our partner foreign universities and industrial collaborators.

Programming and operation of CNC machine tools

The blended learning approach will be adopted for MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation program, allowing and stimulating the students to be active, and bringing about a shift from lecture to student-centered learning. The physical classes will be held on weekends in combination with the online classes on weekdays in evening.

Application of CAD/CAM technology

The MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation program is closely integrated with a parallel program for the development of technology-driven enterprises. For this purpose, a state-of-the-art technology park is being developed at PAF-IAST.

Field technical management of mechanical design, manufacturing, and automation industry

Key Research Areas

Advanced manufacturing techniques

Manufacturing automation

Robotics & automation

Computer aided engineering design

Production planning and design

Leadership & entrepreneurship

Production & operational management

Key Features:

Research-led teaching

The students will benefit from a research-led culture with the expertise in applying engineering science to solve problems of industrial and societal significance.

Industry links

The students will benefit from the excellent links with industry to gain real-world experience during their study.

Foreign Qualified PhD Faculty

The faculty at PAF-IAST is foreign qualified and is instrumental in fostering academic, research and innovation strengths in students

Exchange Program to Foreign Universities

After completing the coursework at PAF-IAST, the students will have an opportunity to carry out the research thesis at our partner foreign universities and industrial collaborators.

Blended Learning Approach

The blended learning approach will be adopted for MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation program, allowing and stimulating the students to be active, and bringing about a shift from lecture to student-centered learning. The physical classes will be held on weekends in combination with the online classes on weekdays in evening.

Technology Park

The MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation program is closely integrated with a parallel program for the development of technology-driven enterprises. For this purpose, a state-of-the-art technology park is being developed at PAF-IAST.

MS in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation Courses:

Core Courses:

Advanced Mechanical Design

Modern Control Theory and its Application in Robotics

Introduction to Micro-Nanofabrication Technology

Advanced Measurement Science and Technology

Research Methodology (Non-Credit Hour)

Elective Courses:

Modern Design Process

Advances in Mobile Robots

Tribology

Industrial Control Technology

Discrete Time Control Systems

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Gears and Gear Drives

Multibody Dynamics

Faculty of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Haris Sheh Zad

Assistant Professor
haris.shehzad@fcm3.paf-iast.edu.pk

-Ph.D. in Automation & Control
Engineering

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

 

  • HEC recognized 4 years bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the following disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Control Engineering, Systems Engineering, Automation Engineering, Robotics, Materials Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and other relevant Engineering Technologies.
  • Applicant must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5/4.0 or 60% marks where CGPA is not given in the Bachelor program.
  • The GAT-General conducted by the National Testing Service with a minimum 50% cumulative score will be required at the time of admission to M.S. The GAT-General test is valid for a period of two years.