The new Executive Master in ‘Manufacturing Automation & Digital Transformation’ is starting and is designed to lead companies to Industry 4.0


To meet the new challenges of a fast-changing market characterised by the demand for increasingly cutting-edge technologies and skills regarding Industry 4.0, Comau and ESCP Europe have now opened the new Executive Master in 'Manufacturing Automation & Digital Transformation'.

The program has been designed for businesses that wish to innovate their production systems and professionals who want to improve their technical and management knowledge in order to face the digitalisation challenges presented within the context of Industrial Automation.

The Executive Master is organised by Comau in partnership with ESCP Europe and in collaboration with some of the most prestigious international universities, including the Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano and Technische Universität München. It will be held in selected Comau Academy and ESCP Europe campus locations within Italy, Great Britain, France and Germany. The course includes 260 hours of classroom training and 80 hours of e-learning. Classes, which will be taught completely in English and held from March 2017 to January 2018, are organised in four different teaching modules: Factory of the Future, Product & Process Innovation, Automation & Digital Manufacturing Design and Development and Automation & Digital Manufacturing Management.

The lectures will be delivered by top Comau managers and by ESCP Europe faculty, with the participation of visiting professors belonging to the network of universities cooperating in the project. Theory modules will be followed by practical training sessions, with a working project path that enables the participants to gain field experiencing by testing their theoretical smart factory industrial process management skills directly inside the company.

The technical and managerial skills which will be perfected during the Executive Master in "Manufacturing Automation & Digital Transformation" are many, including the identification of needs and opportunities connected to the distinct productive processes within digital manufacturing. Along with the development of strategic thoughts aimed at driving the technological and organisational changes happening in the 4.0 environment. This process will allow participant to learn how to connect technical departments with the developers of new products and processes in order to facilitate the implementation of automation systems.

Consequently, actively contributing to the development of industrial automation solutions through the adoption of efficient production systems, cost analysis and financial planning techniques; understanding the features of the different production systems and the human-machine interaction; managing a complex and technologically advanced portfolio of supplies and suppliers; realisation of operative and strategic evaluation activities for the design of new production systems; team leadership in the management of Human Resources.

"The start of the new Executive Master in "Manufacturing Automation & Digital Transformation" is concrete proof of how Comau, through its Academy and international partnership network, is always at the forefront of highly specialised training activities that are able to respond, but especially to anticipate, new trends and market requirements in the industrial sector," says Donatella Pinto, Head of HR of Comau. "This new training path also confirms our commitment to creating new competencies, not only for young future managers of the industry of tomorrow, but also for a range of professionals with business backgrounds who wish to broaden and strengthen their skills in the digital environment, thanks to the well-established and recognised the expertise of Comau Academy."

Giovanni Scarso-Borioli, Academic Director at ESCP Europe London campus also shared that "In a world where the CEOs of some of the largest global organisations are technology gurus themselves, there is increasing market demand both for managers to develop technological know-how, as well for engineers to grow their management and leadership skills. This is why we have created the Executive Master in Manufacturing Automation and Digital Transformation in partnership with Comau, which embraces our School vision. ESCP Europe Business School believes in the power of constant transformation and advancements and these days, Prof. Scarco-Borili continues, advances in digital technology are exponentially increasing opportunities for innovation.

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