Discover the fascinating work of engineers at the Girls’Day, STEM Day, or a simulation workshop with your school class.
A career with a future? With simulation!
Are you familiar with simulation from Minecraft? Or does the idea of changing a virtual 3D world with creative solutions and of creating and trying out something new excite you? If so, we have something in common. Admittedly, in our profession we tend to simulate products, which means that physics and technology play a greater role. But apart from that...
What exactly is simulation?
Whether a house, bicycle, smartphone chip or artificial heart, they all start as a digital 3D model on a computer. Virtual tests, or simulations using the 3D model can help to clarify all manner of different aspects.
In the end, simulation is "only" a function of complex mathematics and physics, both of which are preprogrammed into special simulation software. Since its use is very straightforward, those working in research and development can work on very important issues such as: How can products be made safer? How can CO2 be reduced? Which surgical reduces the risk for patients?
Get a taste of what it’s like
How do engineers work? If you don’t know and there’s no one you can visit at work, then we’d be delighted to show you how we work, what we enjoy so much about our work, and what activities might be involved. Take a study break and see if it might be something for you.
Girls' Day participants
We were able to work with expert software for engineers. We simulated the vibration of the air column in an Alpine horn and were able to hear the sound on a real Alpine horn. As I play an instrument myself, the combination of testing and simulation was really exciting.
Innovative experts create the future
Energy-saving refrigerators, powerful smartphones, eco-friendly mobility, or invisible hearing aids - all share one thing in common: Digital prototypes are created in the ideas lab and extensively tested using simulations. Are you thinking about professions in the natural sciences, medical engineering, IT development, acoustics design, architecture or engineering? You will encounter digital models and simulation in each of them. So welcome to our world!
Simulation in practical use
Technical simulations visualize physical relationships. Different solutions for technical tasks can thus be easily compared.
Some more questions about engineering professions
Rarely! It’s just like using a game console. The software is enhanced with every release and the hardware features keep on getting better. That, and the development of new processes such as 3D printing, gives us options (and the need) for continued training and specialization. Especially in cross-functional work – working towards a solution in collaboration with colleagues from completely different disciplines, such as product design, construction, marketing, sales – there’s a lot of variation.
Certainly. When we consider the developments of the past 20 years makes us very curious about what might change in the future: how the software will look, what gigantic computing clusters or quantum computers can improve, or which tasks artificial intelligence is capable of completing faster. Naturally, better technology gives us the opportunity to process far more complex tasks and, for example, to model processes at the chemical level. But in 20 years’ time, the creative problem solvers and future shapers will still be us, engineers.
The key thing about the job of a simulation technology engineer is the opportunity to make a difference in every industry, to change something or improve something. We continue the development of products with the aim of making them a little faster, more efficient, and safer. Our work allows us to shape tomorrow’s world and, hopefully, to contribute to resources being used more responsibly or more sustainably.
Career-orientation offers for schools
Career opportunities and study programs for engineering simulation
Are you organizing a career information event at your school? Depending on availability, one of our colleagues would be happy to come and talk about engineering simulation and product development. A presentation on individual career options can provide impulse for study choices. The offer is available to all secondary schools that end with examinations leading to university entry qualification.
Simulation workshop for your school class
Are you looking for an exciting day out for senior students of mathematics, physics, or technology? If your school is close to one of our ten branches, then why not take the opportunity to experience simulation live at our education day? Please request dates and maximum participant numbers in advance
STEM.Study.Practice at Munich University of Applied Sciences
The Munich STEM4Girls activity is a career orientation for female students of a different kind: The Munich University of Applied Sciences integrates relevant STEM chairs and innovative technology companies for compact and varied taster workshops. Over the course of a day, participants get to know interesting STEM courses of study and receive real insights into suitable occupational fields.
What teachers are saying
The hands-on workshop with CADFEM really helped to give us an insight into the everyday development tasks of a simulation engineer.
Promoting STEM and simulation in education
Are you teaching at a secondary school, in vocational training, or at university? Do you work with motivated young people at a student research center? Or perhaps you’re well versed in technology and want to introduce more hands-on activities to your children’s education? Then together, let’s make a difference!
Sponsoring member of MINT Zukunft e.V.
The association MINT Zukunft e.V. has committed to demonstrating to girls and boys the different perspectives in natural and computer sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at a young age. As part of its social commitment, CADFEM therefore supports students in gaining early, multifaceted insights into the exciting world of simulation and in considering a professional future in the technical environment.