As a center of excellence for innovative and application-oriented technology, the Department of Engineering and Technology links academic teaching and inter-company research with companies and institutions in the region. In this way, the department contributes to strengthening the innovation, attractiveness of employers and competitiveness of the companies in Vorarlberg. The focus is on mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer science, energy systems and environmental technology.

Bachelor's Degree Programme Mechatronics - study programs and time models

The main focus of teaching includes in particular:

  • Development, management and furtherd evelopment of technically oriented courses
  • Conducting courses with technical and selected techno-economic content
  • Training of technical specialists and managers for companies and institutions in the region


The department lecturers are involved in research projects together with colleagues from the research centers of the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. The research mostly takes place within the framework of third-party funded projects and is carried out in interdisciplinary teams. A particularly intensive connection exists to the research centers energy, microtechnology, digital factory, business informatics and user-centered technologies. The knowledge gained flows directly into the lessons.

Research Focus:

  • Human Machine Interface
  • Virtual Reality
  • Simulation / Modeling / Processes
  • Real-time embedded systems
  • Industrial electronics, measurement technology•Robotics, control technology and image processing
  • Sustainable energy systems and energy materials
  • Autonomous decentralized energy systems

[Translate to English:] 1zu1 Prototypen GmbH, Dornbirn
2XM Millner & Millner ZT GmbH
Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen (D)
Bachmann electronic GmbH, Feldkirch

Julius Blum GmbH, Höchst

BMW AG, München (D)

Carnegie Mellon University
The Robotics Institute, Tissue Engineering Lab, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Weßling (D)

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH, Wolfurt

ESCATEC Switzerland AG, Heerbrugg (CH)
ETH Zürich, Zürich (CH)
Head Sport AG, Kennelbach
HighQLaser Production, Hohenems

HILTI Aktiengesellschaft, Schaan (FL)
gbd LAB GmbH, Dornbirn

Kuka Roboter GmbH, Augsburg (D)
Kunststoffwerk AG Buchs, Buchs (CH)
Leica Geosystems AG, Heerbrugg (CH)

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, Nenzing

Omicron Electronics GmbH, Klaus

precisa CNC Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Wien

Soplar S.A., Altstätten (CH)

Stanford University
The Rapid Prototyping Lab, Palo Alto, CA (USA)

SwissOptic AG, Heerbrugg (CH)

technoplus Verarbeitungstechnik GmbH, Lauterach
Tecnotron Elektronik, Weißenberg (D)
Thien eDrives GmbH
TridonicAtco GmbH & Co KG, Dornbirn

Unaxis Balzers AG, Balzers (FL)

Westcam, Mils
Witzemann + Fritz GmbH, Lustenau
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen (D)
Zumtobel Lighting GmbH, Dornbirn
z-werkzeugbau GmbH, Dornbirn

Current Project


Due to the rapid progressin EDP, it is increasingly possible to mathematically model and simulate the properties of materials. In many areas, however,  you are still dependent on tests. The laboratories of the technical departments are equipped with the latest technologies, which means that a variety of services and investigations can be offered: 

  • Vibration measurement on machines
  • Measurement of free-form surfaces
  • Tension and pressure testing
  • Hardness testing
  • Testing toughness using a pendulum machine
  • Material analysis using a radio spectrometer
  • 3D coordinate measuring technology
  • Machine tool diagnosis

Head of Department Engineering & Technology

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ronald Mihala
Head of Department, Head of Competence Area Energy & Environment

+43 5572 792 3501

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Monika Gmeiner

+43 5572 792 3500

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