Smart Factory@Industry

Smart Factory@Industry is a hands-on industry training, which, together with industry partners, aims to enhance the practical as well as theoretical knowledge of Carl Benz School students in the field of Industry 4.0.
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"The project gave me a very good insight not only about the working life at Daimler but also great exposure to a fast-paced, technology focused industry. I gained a lot of understanding about the development of innovation projects and the experience of working on a revolutionary topic was fantastic.

Finally, the Smart Factory project introduced and brought me into contact with the department at Daimler where I am currently working. It was a direct enabler for my job."

Isha, CBS Alumna

About the Program

Smart factories are already an integral part of today's industry, meaning that engineers need the appropriate know-how to successfully lead the integration and extension of these digitalized factories. In cooperation with industry partners, the Carl Benz School of Engineering as the Mechanical Engineering College of the KIT offers the integrated industry unit Smart Factory@Industry. This dual training program aims to enhance the technical and interdisciplinary profile of Mechanical Engineering students. Through this program the students are able to build up networks with potential employers at a very early stage of their academic career.

For more information take a look at our SmartFactory∂Industry Flyer.


The Dual Training Program "Smart Factory@Industry" is

  • organized as program-specific block lectures
  • set up as practical phases in the companies' innovation labs
  • open to select College Program participants (Legal action excluded)
  • providing students with exclusive insights into aspects of Industry 4.0


The participants will gain...

  • hands-on experience
  • direct links to key players in German industry
  • insider knowledge directly from industry experts
  • management skills
  • a sense of the modern job market
  • intercultural competency
  • potential opportunities to write the Bachelor's thesis with one of the industry partners


Each industry partner offers a program according to their production’s  specific needs, some  examples of topics:

  • Inbound/Outbound logistics
  • Internet of Things
  • Human-machine collaboration
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Smart Factory and Smart Manufacturing
  • Product Planning
  • 3D Printing
  • Vertical and horizontal production
  • Supply Chain
  • Cloud Computing
  • Lithography and Digitalization of Fabrication Processes
  • Agile Production Systems



Work with our partners!

Take a look at our SmartFactory@Industry partners

Click here to learn more about the projects for our students.

Carl Benz Schools's industry partners


Apply for SmartFactory@Industry

To apply for the SmartFactory@Industry Program 2023, please fill out this form by June 10, 2023
Additional Documents After filling out this form, please send your CV, Motivation Letter and Grade Sheet to in order to complete your application. Many thanks!
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Carl Benz School Industry Partners
Smart Factory@Industry partners

Each of our industry partner offers a program according to their production’s very specific needs such as Inbound/Outbound Logistics, Internet of Things, Human-Machine Collaboration and many more.


Our industry partnerships
smart science, Carl Benz School

The research-oriented 3-month-project offers selected participants of the College Program the chance to gain first-hand experience in exploring fundamental engineering-scientific research questions within the status of a student assistant position.

More about SmartScience@KIT
smart coop, Carl Benz School

Our exclusive SmartCoop@KIT training program is offered in cooperation with the institutes of the KIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, whose innovation-driven research interlinks joint projects with industry partners.

More about SmartCoop@KIT