MSC pushes skilling initiatives in sourcing digital engineers

Katherine Fanning

May 30, 2019

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MSC Software (MSC), provider of simulation software and services, works closely with the Bavarian Business School (HDBW). The HDBW trains young people who are really in demand on the job market. Therefore, the university consistently focuses on economic proximity and has launched with MSC a multi-year training project within the framework of the dual study in mechanical engineering.

The HDBW is a private, state-approved university in Munich with branches in Bamberg and Traunstein. Economics and technology are at the center of study programs. The study itself takes place in close cooperation with Bavarian and international companies. Students use practical examples to learn how the world of tomorrow works. Topics such as robotics, microcontrollers, sensors or autonomous driving are becoming increasingly important.

An engineering education tailored to the job market is also very important to MSC. Simulation programs such as MSC Nastran or Adams are used on a broad basis not only by all major automotive and aviation companies, but also in mechanical engineering. These companies require engineers with appropriate experience. Therefore, MSC has become a practice partner of the HDBW and employs five students in Munich. Together, the prospective engineers are ideally prepared for complex situations in digital product development. 

Students studying digital engineering at the HDBW can focus on digital product development. The focus is on virtual development techniques: How does simulation work in construction, production and operation or 3D printing in prototype construction? The university teaches the methodology and all common theories. MSC brings practical assignments and students can test, practice and apply what they have learned at the college directly in real projects. Studies and work in the company are closely interlinked.

Graduates, the university, and the company benefit from this dual, practice-integrated bachelor program. Graduates gain work experience during their studies and thus gain a competitive edge in the labor market. In addition, MSC will pay the tuition and students will start earning money during their studies. The HDBW can guarantee by the close interlocking that the education explicitly meets the requirements of the working world of tomorrow. 

Dr. Christof Rachor, Senior Technical Manager at MSC and responsible for the training initiative, is pleased: "The cooperation with the HDBW creates a win-win situation for all of us. We hope to generate many positive synergies, to equip the young people optimally for their future and to contribute to an application-oriented apprenticeship through our exchange." 

MSC sees the training as an investment in the future: the students learn to handle all common software programs such as MSC Nastran, Adams, Marc or MSC Apex. But programs such as MSC Cradle CFD for flow simulations, SimManager for simulation data and process management or the digital material laboratory Digimat are also on the agenda. Added to this is co-simulation, which will become increasingly important in the future. Co-simulations give engineers a holistic view of product behavior and lead to more accurate results.

MSC and the HDBW also work together beyond regular teaching. On June 11, for example, a special technology day will take place in the premises of the HDBW in Munich-Riem: at the Digimat Technology Day, participants will learn how Digimat lightweight construction structures made of plastic and composite materials can be implemented faster and more cost-effectively.

MSC also offers special software packages for university education. It allows universities to take advantage of the full range of MSC technologies, from structural analysis and multi-body simulation, to solutions for acoustics and additive manufacturing, to material and structural modeling, CFD and data management. The software packages are supported by a variety of other offerings, such as the free licenses of the MSC Student Edition or learning and teaching materials for the design of the lessons.

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