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Third-cycle (doctoral) programme in terotechnology

Curious to do research in the subject of terotechnology? We offer opportunities for research for both doctoral students and industrial doctoral students.

The industry in Sweden and all over the world strives towards a continuous improvement of competitiveness and profitability. At the terotechnology research subject at Linnaeus University we aim intensively, through our research and our third-cycle programme, to develop new tools, methods, strategies, policies and theories in this domain. The aim is to decrease downtimes at manufacturing companies, thus extending uptimes to secure production continuity at high productivity, high quality and lower costs. Our efforts result in reduced manufacturing and lifetime costs, increased profitability for plants/equipment as well as increased competitiveness for companies.

Terotechnology is based on mapping, analysis, development and supervision/control of the technical and economic efficiency of a manufacturing process. As a research student (doctoral student), you will take part in company related case studies and meet a research and research training environment that help you to successfully produce own results.

A broad programme

The third-cycle programme is broad and covers major parts of the internal (separate or combined) activities of a company, e.g.:

  • Quality maintenance
  • Condition-based maintenance and condition monitoring technology
  • The effect of maintenance on the production, quality, lifetime costs, life cycle, work and global environment
  • Intelligent maintenance and information systems
  • Integration of maintenance and plant working areas, such as production, quality, LCC (life cycle costs), production logistics and competence
  • Maintenance for asset management

What are the prerequisites?

In order to become a doctoral student you must have at least a Master Degree, i.e. four years of study (240 higher education credits) with at least one year (60 credits) at second-cycle.

The specific entry requirements for the third-cycle programme in terotechnology are a minimum of 90 credits in the subject terotechnology or in subjects related to the doctoral level studies (see relevant fields below), or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other mammer either in Sweden or abroad, and a good command of Swedish and/or English. Relevant fields are, for example, maintenance, production, construction and mathematics-statistics.

There is also an opportunity to become a so-called industrial doctoral student. An industrial doctoral student is normally employed by a company that has decided to have a strong link to research and thus invests in educating an employee at the third-cycle level. The most common form of agreement for an industrial doctoral student implies that the student dedicates him- or herself to 80 % own research studies, usually at the university, while spending the remaining 20 per cent working at the company with some type of project.

What does the third-cycle subject area terotechnology comprise?

At Linnaeus University, the field and course of study referred to as terotechnology covers a wide spectrum of activities and contains both theory and application. The system is a combination of management, finance, and engineering sciences and other experiences that will be applied to the processes, equipment, organisations, skills and the environment in order to continuously reduce production costs as well as to increase quality, profitability and competitiveness. The main area covers the sub-areas such as maintenance technology, production methods, quality, production logistics, lifecycle cost, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, information systems, organisation and management, ICT, decision support systems and modelling. All research in terotechnology contains development, usage and analysis of models, systems and methods.

Within terotechnology, the abstraction level is so high that problems can be analysed and be dealt with outside of their original context. Crucial causal relationships between the various different areas of work in a manufacturing/production process (or a service-generating process) can be isolated and studied separately. Conceptualisation and the usage of appropriate terminology become central. Terotechnology includes tools and methods necessary for scientific analysis, to diagnose, evaluate, question and develop methods related/connected to cost-effective development and improvement of manufacturing/production.

Within the applied terotechnology, the link to the practical problems and issues is clear and requires a deep understanding of the different areas within terotechnology as well as their application. Innovation occurs in different ways: New models and methods are applied to classic production and maintenance problems, or known methods are analysed, developed and transferred to the new areas of application wherein the set of problems which arise are analysed.

The applications are found primarily in areas where high precision or a high degree of automation is sought, for example those linked to productivity, precision in maintenance planning, the accuracy of diagnosis, cost effectiveness in investment and development. Terotechnology also seeks to establish itself in many activities where the possibilities for predictions and precision remain more limited. Such activities may include property maintenance, supply of skills or expertise, the work environment, the environment in general, energy and finance. The purpose is to identify the connection and the modelling, quantification, optimisation and establishment of comprehensive images of various different operations/activities involving equipment, humans, energy, the environment, skills and finance.

Doctoral students normally choose a specialisation for their studies in conjunction with the commencement of their graduate programme. Terotechnology is established through a wide network of contacts and partners from several universities and enterprises, nationally and internationally.

How do I become become a doctoral student in terotechnology?

When the Department of Mechanical Engineering has the possibility to admit a doctoral student, the post is announced at e.g. the web page for jobs and vacancies at Lnu.se. Normally there is a specific project that the prospective doctoral student will work with, as well as appointed supervisors. To apply for admission with other funding, get in touch with one of the contact persons on this page.

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