The Automation and Control Engineering Program prepares professionals for the development and usage of automation systems for production machinery and processes. The automation and control engineer combines a number of skills ranging from engineering to computer science, which allows for the optimization of industrial production lines.
Graduates can work in various segments, such as engineering companies, consumer electronics, ceramics, steel, metallurgical, cement, chemical, petrochemical, food, automotive, metalworking and textile industries. They can also engage in the development of software solutions to automate companies and in the provision of services in the areas of automation and control, research and teaching.
In the early stages, students take courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. Throughout the program, a variety of courses are offered in Administration, Economics, Production Management, Industrial Computer Technology, Industrial Automation (including Robotics), Processes Control, among others.
Students are exposed to the day-to-day practice of the profession through the Junior Enterprise, the program’s internship component and the final project. In the Junior Enterprise, students develop activities similar to those of a regular company, such as the automation of industrial processes. From the 7th semester, they can do an internship of at least 500 hours in a company. Finally, in the final semester, students are engaged in the final project (PFC), which is generally carried out in an industry in Brazil or abroad. After completion of the studies, many graduates end up being hired by the same companies where they did their projects or internships.
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