Course Content

  • Introduction to Automation Engineering (2 weeks; Chapters 1 und 2)
    • What is Automation Engineering?
    • The key terms
    • Instrumentation, actuators, and signals
  • Describing Processes (2 Weeks, Chapter 3)
    • Mathematical models of systems
    • Automata
    • Schematic representations
  • Control and Automation Strategies (2 Weeks; Chapter 4)
    • Setpoint Tracking
    • Disturbance Rejection
    • Other Strategies
  • PLC Programming (4 Weeks; Chapters 5 and 6)
    • Boolean algebra
    • The IEC Standard
    • Ladder Logic
    • Instruction List
    • Function Block Diagram
    • Structured Text
    • Sequential Function Charts
  • Safety in Automation Engineering(1 Week; Chapter 7)

Course Instructor

Yuri Shardt

Course Schedule

Summer Semester 2023

The lectures will be in K 2003B on Mondays from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and also in K 2003B on every odd Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mailing List for the Course

Please sign-up for the course mailing list using the following link: You can register for the summer semester starting in March of the given year.

Course Notes

Useful files for download:

  • Course Syllabus: Download
  • Sample Final: Download
  • Bonus Point Form: Download
  • Course Notes:
    • Complete (in English): Download
    • Complete (in German, unofficial, in case of discrepancies or disagreement, the English version governs): Download
  • Errata et Corrigenda: (English) Download; (German) Download


  • Lab Instructor: Axel Fink and Christoph Weise
  • Please register for the labs using Important information about how to use the laboratory portal can be found in the linked file.
  • All required information can be found in the above lab portal.
  • The labs will start in June 2024.
  • Please contact the lab instructor for any questions regarding the labs.