Teaching basic and preparatory courses of bachelor, postgraduate, and doctoral studies in the field of welding, soldering, and thermal cutting technologies.
Graduates of the "Engineering Technology" study programme focussing on welding have knowledge in the field of technological procedures of production and heat treatment of materials, surface treatments, tool design, computer support of technological processes, and their organisation and management. Graduates can analyse technological processes, design input parameters of processes, solve processes practically using software, and interpret the obtained results for the needs of practise. Graduates in the field of welding have a broad knowledge of classical and new unconventional welding technologies, theoretical basis of material properties of welded, soldered joints, their durability and safety of equipment operation. They will find employment with employers engaged in the development, production, distribution, and service of engineering products, as a technologist, designer, specialist assessing the level of technical projects, etc. The knowledge competences of the graduates can be used in engineering companies, in the automotive industry, and many others, as welding engineers, production managers, quality and ISO 9001 quality management systems personnel.
The Department of Mechanical Technology is the ATB training site of the Czech Welding Society CWS-ANB for the training of International Welding Engineers – IWE.
The department's professional activities in the field of welding are focused on research and development of new methods of welding and cutting of materials in order to increase the utility properties and durability of weldments, study of the properties of welded joints, especially in the thermally affected area, thermal fatigue of welded joints. In the field of energy and chemical industry welding of difficult to weld steels such as T23, T24, P91, P92, E911, and others. In the engineering and automotive industry, development of welding of thin plates, sandwich structures or so-called "tailored blanks". Welding of light metal alloys, especially aluminium and magnesium alloys. Expert activities are also focused on weldability of steels, assessment of welded joints lifetime, extension of lifetime of extremely stressed parts by welding, heterogeneous welded joints, influence of tungsten carbide grains on the properties of welds, superimposed soldering using tungsten carbide particles, development of additive manufacturing technologies WAAM (Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing), laser welding and welding, numerical simulation of technological processes, residual stress analysis. The laboratories of the department, as well as other departments, are used for teaching and research activities.
Robotic welding is a continuing trend in the welding industry, even in small batch and piece production, enabled by advanced programming of welding robots and the use of sensors. The use of automated welding for highly productive technologies such as automatic submerged arc or MAG, the use of modern pulse sources and new types of additive materials – filled electrodes for the MIG/MAG method – is also a trend. The trend is to expand the use of additive technologies (especially WAAM technology) and welding of products created by 3D printing of metals, e.g. by SLM (Selective Laser Melting).