Prof. Dr.-Ing Klaus-Dieter Rupp is a professor of industrial engineering since the year 2000 with a bachelor’s degree. Awarded the Baden-Württemberg German State Teaching Prize 2011. In addition, for 10 years he was a professor in the Integrated Engineering master’s program and scientific director at the Graduate School Ostwuerttemberg. With a focus on automation and robotics. He is heavily involved in Research Programs and the strategic development of our study programs.

New skills to support students

DHBW-Heidenheim is working to adapt the curricula to new competencies/skills/courses to support students meet the needs of the AM industry. In particular, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Rupp believes they had to move away from teaching technical competence to imparting methodological competence and overarching competencies. In his opinion, Advanced Manufacturing needs to be experienced and not just taught. He explains that they need new forms of teaching that initially appear to be very complex. He stresses that this development can be spread over many shoulders in cooperation with the partners.

Students need some basic skills to install and manage software systems. You need the ability to cope with changing conditions and adapt to change. Analysing and evaluating systems to develop solutions for them. Specifically, we developed new modules: networked systems, data science, IoT, software engineering and the technology seminar.

Going one step further in the AM future curricula

DHBW-Heidenheim is one of the partners of the LCAMP project, therefore he considers that the LCAMP project can help Research Centres and Universities to describe the required capabilities for future applications. He refers for instance to the concept of the collaborative learning factory which is a platform for imparting future skills. “Connected to the network, which also allows us to expand internationalization, we have new opportunities for further development. In cooperation with the partners, a lively exchange can take place”, he explains.

LCAMP involvement

The EU projects help Research Centres and Universities such as DHBW-Heidenheim develop their maturity level in teaching current and future skills.

Through standardization, LCAMP will help reduce the effort involved in running sophisticated modules. We will achieve many outcomes for our international programs and help us meet the needs of the labour market. Last but not least, we can offer attractive study programs for our students.

Meet LCAMP partners

About “People in focus”

In this section, we put forward the human-centric approach to the LCAMP project. Through talks with industry representatives, learners, teachers & trainers, academics & researchers and public authorities – local, regional and European levels-, we will discuss the Advanced Manufacturing sector’s future from their perspectives.

Karlos Etxaniz Suinaga is an Advanced Manufacturing student at the VET Centre, Miguel Altuna (Bergara, Basque Country). He was unemployed while he was looking for a job he was informed about the sector alternatives. He found it very interesting and decided to join this new career path. 

Karlos’s main goal to join an Advanced Manufacturing course was to learn and understand the concepts related to Industry 4.0.

The Miguel Altuna VET Centre is offering the training that Karlos was looking for. The VET Centre offers academic programmes that are addressed to students to be employed in the AM-related Sectors. A wide range of technological offers is available at Miguel Altuna, updated to the current needs of the industry, with cutting-edge technology, including the integration of Cyber-Physical Systems, digitalized shop floors and labs, and other Industry 4.0 related pieces of equipment.

In the future Karlos sees himself:

In the future I would like to be able to apply the acquired skills, if I have a job that demands it. Therefore, I would like to be able to work in the industrial sector and thanks to this training I hope to get some opportunities. Moreover, in the next 5 years I see myself working in a company and helping it to move forward on this path towards Industry 4.0. “

Karlos considers that for VET Centres, such as Miguel Altuna, to participate in EU-funded partnership, such as LCAMP or other Centres of Vocational Excellence, is a gateway to stay connected to the latest developments in the industrial sector.

About “People in focus”

In this section, we put forward the human-centric approach to the LCAMP project. Through talks with industry representatives, learners, teachers & trainers, academics & researchers and public authorities – local, regional and European levels-, we will discuss the Advanced Manufacturing sector’s future from their perspectives.

Mikel Ayani is the founder and CEO of Simumatik, LCAMP partner. He founded Simumatik in 2019 with the idea of creating an innovative and open platform to create emulation models. Their goal is to make this technology accessible to everyone, making it easy to use and flexible, and try to democratize its use. We love to help our industrial and educational customers in their journey to becoming more digitized and sustainable organizations.

Mikel Ayani has a MsC in Automation Engineering and worked over 20 years in the industry, mainly programming PLCs and control systems, but also as a teacher in higher education.

“My passion since I was a kid has always been programming, and I really liked simulation video games and software. “

He founded Simumatik in 2019 with the idea of creating an innovative and open platform to create emulation models (some kind of digital twins). Our goal is to make this technology accessible to everyone, making it easy to use and flexible, and try to democratize its use. We love to help our industrial and educational customers in their journey to become more digitized and sustainable organization.

Industry main challenges

When we talk to the industry, but even educational institutions, the main challenges we are seeing are related to human resources and lack of knowledge, mainly in some trending technologies, like DTs, AI, robotics, etc. The technology is ready, but with the boom of I4.0, companies do not have enough human resources to test and implement these technologies in their organizations. It is also very difficult to hire professionals with these skills.

Simumatik and educational market

In Simumatik, they want to help teachers to introduce the technology and skills their students will need in the future. They do it together, so their program and courses are aligned with the needs in the industry, while we allow students and teachers to work more efficiently and sustainably.

LCAMP involvement

For Simumatik, as LCAMP projects partners, we feel we can really make a difference, learn a lot, but also contribute so we can develop educational content to ensure the technicians of the future will be ready to offer what the industry is expecting from them.

I, as founder of  Simumatik, believe that the real industrial transformation is not coming from the industry itself, but from the new technicians and the new skills they can bring.

Meet LCAMP partners


About “People in focus”

In this section, we put forward the human-centric approach to the LCAMP project. Through talks with industry representatives, learners, teachers & trainers, academics & researchers and public authorities – local, regional and European levels-, we will discuss the Advanced Manufacturing sector’s future from their perspectives.