Automation Engineering

Do you want to excel at state-of-the-art automation and robotics? Are you enthusiastic about developing the automation solutions of the future to make factories run more efficiently?
University: UCN University College of Northern Denmark - Campus Sofiendalsvej
Location Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 years
Degree AP degree
Study start Summer (Apply)
Tuition fee (EU/EEA/CH): € 0
Tuition fee (Non-EU): € 5 602

The study programme will give you broad knowledge of the construction and optimisation of technical control systems and automatic industrial facilities such as robots.

As an AP Graduate in Automation Engineering, you will be able to create safe and innovative solutions for companies by developing and optimising their technical systems and automated facilities.

You will be in charge of practical work, including installing, programming, commissioning, optimising and operating automatic systems in technical production and manufacturing environments.

The programme will give you broad knowledge of the implementation and optimisation of various technical control systems and automated industrial facilities.

As an AP Graduate in Automation Engineering, you can work in both private and public companies, e.g. utility companies and industrial ompanies that manufacture and/or operate, e.g. wind turbines, pumps, robotic welding machines or flexible, manufacturing systems (FMS).


The Automation Engineering programme takes 2 years and consists of a compulsory part and an elective part. The study programme includes mathematics, physics, measurement science and data collection, operating and control systems, structuring and quality assurance.

The programme consists of mandatory courses, supplementary courses and three month work placement.


The 3 month work placement will take place in a company where you will have ample opportunity to put your achieved knowledge to use and try your strength on practise-based problems and solutions.


Compulsory element

The Automation Engineering programme is divided into four sub-elements

The compulsory element covers an institutional curriculum and a joint, national curriculum.

The institutional curriculum covers subjects within:

  • Technical systems design 
  • Control and regulation technology 
  • Configuration and programming 
  • Communications technology and project development

The joint, national curriculum covers subjects within:

  • Design and construction of automated devices 
  • Integration of automated devices 
  • Systems design of automated process and production lines 
  • Business-related elements

Elective elements

The elective elements could cover subjects such as:

  • Databases
  • Robotics technology
  • Optimisation 
  • High-level programming 
  • Knowledge technology
  • Wireless technologies

Three month internship

The internship will take place in a company where you will have ample opportunity to put your achieved knowledge to use and try your strength on practise-based problems and solutions.

Final exam project

The final exam project is prepared as the completion of the study programme.


Teaching and lectures is a mix of regular class-based teaching, project work and solution of individual assignments.


The elective elements could cover subjects such as:

  • Databases
  • Robotics technology
  • Optimisation
  • High-level programming
  • Knowledge technology
  • Wireless technologies


Try out theories and methods hands-on during your internship on the Automation Engineering programme

The 3 month internship in the 4th semester is your opportunity to try out theory and methods in practise before starting work on your final exam project.

The internship and the final exam project will relate to a company where you will have ample opportunity to put your achieved knowledge to use and try your strength on practise-based problems and solutions.


Teaching varies between lectures and classroom instruction. The study and work form is based on project groups. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions.

Reflective Practice-Based Learning

Common to all our programmes is the focus on educating you for the real world. Our slogan is “Real Life Education”, and we mean this very literally. You will at least be spending a term at a work placement, and we strive to continuously develop our curriculum in collaboration with the professions, we train for.

Another common feature is our great learning environment, in which classroom teaching is key. We combine the academic and social aspects of studying, hereby easing the transition to becoming an independent student. The interaction between theory and practice combined with personal reflection remains the absolute core of all our study programmes – and the basis of our learning approach Reflective Practice-Based Learning.

Getting ready for the future

In the course of your studies you will be inspired to be creative, to explore and to be innovative; and you will learn to look critically at your own learning, your experience, your knowledge and practice. You bring your own values and personality into play, and through reflecting on your own practice you develop your personal judgement and ability to act professionally.

In the study programme you will also be working closely together with your fellow students. You learn to share knowledge and to work towards a common goal together with others. In that way you build up an important reflective competence which is decisive for being innovative, independent and productive in the labour market of the future.


We believe that the social aspect is an important factor, which lets our students learn more

In the course of the study programme you, as a student, will feel how much the social aspect means to us in the teaching team.

We believe that the individual student learns much more if we all ‘pull together’.”

It is important to us that the life we see in the classroom during tuition continues after the lecturer has left, and that the class continues their cooperation and knowledge sharing.

UCN supports a good social environment and is more than willing to contribute to realising good and relevant initiatives.

Apart from the traditional class tuition we go on company visits and study trips as often as possible.

The class can have companies visit them at the school as often as the class goes to visit the companies.

The teaching team appreciates if the initiatives are initiated by the students themselves, for the benefit of the students in the class as well as across the study programmes.


As an AP Graduate in Automation Engineering, you are well-prepared to step out into the business community

You can apply for jobs in public utilities, light and power companies, automation businesses producing anything from wind turbines to marmalade.

Automation engineers are in charge of practical installation work such as mounting, commissioning, optimisation and operation of automatic systems in production environments.

Service and operations may also be included in the job functions of the automation engineers.

Automation engineers may perform this work either as employees in a production plant or as employees of suppliers or sub-suppliers of such systems.

Your title or job area will typically be:

  • Chief fitter
  • Control, regulation and monitoring techniques
  • Engineer
  • Development engineer
  • PLC programmer
  • Programmer
  • Project manager
  • SCADA programmer
  • Service engineer
  • SRO (Control‚ Regulation and Monitoring) engineer
  • Systems technician
  • Technician
  • Technical manager

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