A variety of industries offer excellent opportunities

Knowledge of materials’ properties now allows for the targeted development of new materials and thus for previously unimaginable possibilities in the technological and creative sectors of almost all industries. Companies require knowledge of different aspects of materials in multiple areas, such as development (application of new materials, building component design), manufacturing, and quality assurance. Engineers are assured of a role in any number of these different areas.

The Industrial Materials Engineering programme is practical and offers up-to-date course content and direct contact with more than 100 leading companies, including many in the medical engineering and mechanical engineering sectors.

The Tuttlingen campus has strong connections to business and industry, and company tours and industrial placements give students the chance to get their foot in the door early on and secure an in-demand job in the industry. The chances of being hired by one of the participating companies after graduation are also very high.

Career profile and opportunities

Industrial materials engineering graduates work in a variety of industries. The constant call for further optimisation of processes and products with an eye towards greater quality and cost-effectiveness must be answered in part with the targeted use of materials. These days, materials’ macroscopic and microscopic properties can be very precisely adjusted to individual applications.

Materials engineers simulate material behaviour, optimise production processes, and monitor quality. They advise customers on material selection, evaluate the quality of raw materials from suppliers, and analyse production errors and customer complaints.

Industry fields

Industrial materials engineering graduates work primarily in business and industry, laboratories, research and development, and universities or other educational institutions in the following fields:


  • Product development, improvement, and feature optimisation
  • Quality assurance and materials testing
  • Manufacturing engineering and process development
  • Materials analysis