Automation Manufacturing Software

Pupils & Students

Your entry into the high-tech world of STIWA!

Put your passion for technology into practice.
Be part of our future.


Welcome to STIWA - your gateway to exciting career opportunities in the world of innovative technologies. As an international leader in product and high performance automation, we offer high school and university students a unique opportunity to put their passion for technology into practice.

Immerse yourself in a world of innovation, team spirit and personal development. We look forward to meeting you!

Our offer


  • Joint thesis, Bachelor thesis, Master thesis, dissertation
  • Application for advertised topic or your personal proposal
  • Requirement: Application letter with curriculum vitae / high school certificate / if already completed, the bachelor's certificate along with confirmation of enrollment of the current semester
  • Finalization of contractual conditions incl. confidentiality agreement


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  • Joint thesis (final project)
  • Application for advertised topic
  • Requirement: Application with curriculum vitae / certificate of 3. Grade (until 12/15 of the previous year) / confirmation school administration about project contents in the curriculum
  • Starts usually in the course of the 1. HY of the 5. grade / cooperation via traineeship contract (with compensation of any expenses and incl. confidentiality agreement)


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STIWA also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through Internships. Vacation internships are possible at all Austrian locations in Attnang-Puchheim, Hagenberg and Gampern.


  • Commercial College (HAK), Higher Technical College (HTL), High School from 10th grade onwards
  • Letter of application with curriculum vitae
  • Deadline: December 15 of the current year
  • Assignment in January of the following year


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Students of the University of Applied Sciences can gain their first practical experience during an internship in product and high-performance automation. Internships are available at all locations in Austria, also in connection with the bachelor thesis.


  • Application letter with curriculum vitae / high school certificate / confirmation of enrollment of the current semester / confirmation of academic success


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Your benefits


We offer a wide range of benefits to ensure a good working environment. It is very important to us that our employees feel comfortable at the workplace. This contributes to a pleasant work atmosphere and an appreciative cooperation.


Flexitime with core time


by train & bus


is our top priority


A mentor will guide you professionally.


Direct collaboration on high-tech products and processes


Cash for the successful completion of your Bachelor/Master thesis

STIWA as an educational partner

Free training material

We provide free digital training materials to educational institutions such as higher technical colleges, universities of applied sciences, and universities with a focus on mechatronics & automation, as well as to pupils and students. We want to actively support the education process with realistic use cases and data sets, including simulations for virtual commissioning and AI data sets.


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Exciting projects

at the cutting edge of

research & technology

We have been a leader in automation, manufacturing and software for years. By cooperating with education and research, we always stay up to date. Join us! Dedicated students are always welcome to work with us on future high-tech manufacturing.


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From the initial idea to the practical implementation at STIWA

Diploma thesis of pupils at HTL Wels Mechatronics Department:


Functional Demonstrator for the concept test of a 3DOF-Spherical-Gear-Robot cinematic


Development of an innovative demonstrator which is able to follow pre-defined and programmed points


  • Concept test, design and construction of a drive module
  • Construction of the bearing and calculation of the forward-cinematic
  • Programming and selection of hardware components

Diploma thesis of pupils at HTL Vöcklabruck Mechatronics Department:


Flexible optical sorting machine for small series


Development of a sorting machine for small series which checks quality features of the produced parts by an optical sensor


  • Mechanics: Machine construction incl. 3D-modelling, components, assembly and optimization
  • IT: PLC Programming & visualization, analogue and digital control outputs, user interface, testing and code optimization
  • ​​​​​​​Electrical Engineering: Electrical plan development incl. trouble shooting, control electronic components, wire control cabinets, set and control frequency inverter


Open topics

Initial situation
As Innovation Department of STIWA Advanced Products, we are responsible for the first product development phase, from the idea to the functional prototype. One of the topics, that are processed in the team, is the technology of magnetorheological media, i.e. media whose viscosity can be adjusted by means of magnetic field strength. With this technology, several product solutions are currently implemented and produced on site. At the same time, this range is to be supplemented by further products in this technology segment.


  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in the field of Mechatronics or Technical Physics
  • Interest in physical basics
  • Knowledge in the draft of smaller circuits and programming of microcontroller
  • Interest in the conception of new solutions


Example for a task

  • Draft the HMI control element on the basis of magnetorheological media
  • Conception of mechanical components
  • Draft electronics and software necessary for control
  • Assembling, testing and optimization of the developed solution
Christina Offenzeller


STIWA Austria manufactures approximately 50 million milling and turning parts, from individual components/small series to large-scale and mass production. The machine park includes about 100 CNC processing machines which are operated with approximately 10,000 different tools. Tools as well as offset data must be available on the machines during setup. This big quantity of offset data must be transferred to the machines in a manageable, organized and reliable manner.


  • Research work for:
    • Which technologies are available (Balluf, datamatrix, RFID, Excel, etc.)
    • Advantages/disadvantages of the technologies, availability, costs/risks, scalability, benefits, data safety/data quality
  • At what company size/number of spindles/number of tool inserts is which technology profitable?


  • Evaluation and presentation of a solution for subsequent changeover of the entire machinery
  • System proposal for new installation of a new manufacturing site (new building onto the green field)
  • Worldwide operation in the STIWA Group Business area Manufacturing


Markus Heftberger


Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology is one of the most promising techniques for indoor localization offering high accuracy, low power consumption, and resilience against interference. However, there is a lack of research on how it can be integrated into challenging industrial environments. 
In this thesis, UWB localization shall be used to locate and identify workpiece carriers within a transport system. A localization system based on custom sensor nodes shall be adapted in terms of firmware (e.g. communication protocol) and set up at a partner’s facility. Mounting positions for both static nodes on the transport system and moving nodes on the workpiece carrier have to be defined in order to minimize non-line-of-sight conditions.
The localization performance shall be assessed with a focus on the correct detection of the workpiece carrier order. At discrete positions, the transport system is capable of providing location information, which can be used as reference. The main goal is to evaluate the localization accuracy that can be expected from an UWB system in harsh environments.



  • Literature research suitable commercial UWB systems
  • Adapt and set up a localization system at the company partner’s facility
  • Acquire measurements on a real transport system
  • Refine localization algorithm e.g. by assessing additional sensory
  • Evaluate the system in terms of localization accuracy


Contact and supervision

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Springer (MT 0351,
DI Philipp Peterseil (MT 0347,


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STIWA Austria produces around 50 million milling and turning parts, ranging from individual components/small series to large-scale and mass production. Among others, optical inspection technologies are used for quality assurance and documentation. In these optical processes, the surface of the components is scanned using stripe light projection. The reflections of the projection generate a volume model that can be compared with the 3-D model. It is therefore necessary to measure and compare components always with the same surface properties which aresurface pre-treated. This pre-treatment is currently carried out manually. The aim is to achieve an automated, consistent pre-treatment process.


  • Evaluate mecessary component cleaning concepts for KSM, oil, chipping etc.
  • Conception of an automated surface preparation for optical geometry measurement
  • Creation of an automation concept for automatic parts loading and further transport including positioning in the measuring machine
  • Ensure component marking and data processing
  • Research and compilation of safety-related instructions/standards/regulations
  • Concept development for different components with
    batch size 1


  • Concept of an automated, component-independent surface preparation process
  • Automated transfer of the components to the measuring machine
Markus Heftberger


Our production with high-performance, assembly, laser welding, punching systems, etc. only takes place in exceptional cases using flexible manpower. In order to be able to produce effectively, the complete production team for each system (number, qualifications) must be available. The tension between adherence to the production plan/specifications and dynamic changes (loss of availability) must be compensated for by means of a shift plan. On a day-to-day basis, this represents a high daily capacity commitment of employees with planning tasks. The existing shift planning software was programmed in-house a few years ago and contains / takes into account a large part of the relevant framework conditions. 

Extract from framework conditions

  • Plants with different role distribution and different products (different number of employees and qualifications)
  • Different shift models
  • Operation of the systems only possible with full staffing
  • Some systems with multi-machine operation
  • Interface to the ERP system
  • Mapping of employees who are undergoing training and are not yet allowed to produce on their own
  • Shift plan (employee view) should provide a communication interface
  • Detailed planning horizon approx. 4-6 weeks
  • Mapping of the skills matrix

Project objective

  • Comparison and selection of possible shift planning software
  • Testing of this software, taking into account all relevant framework conditions
  • Preparation / presentation of the potential benefits and savings of the selected software compared to the previously used software (including amortization)
Rudolf Hötzinger

We offer pupils and students exciting insights into our many careers. You will have the opportunity to get involved and develop both professionally and personally. Whether it's an internship or an academic thesis, we'll give you a solid foundation for a successful career.

Daniela Kaml
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