Sports Equipment Technology: Career prospects for graduates

Sports equipment technicians are able to work in professions in the sports equipment industry and in related branches of industry, in particular in the areas of research and development or sports equipment manufacturing. Furthermore, they are involved in the planning and management of sports facilities and of various installations for competitive sports. Graduates of the master’s degree program have expanded their knowledge further and are perfectly qualified for management positions in the areas mentioned.

What industries and sectors employ graduates?

  • Sports industry
  • Sports, recreation, and game facilities
  • Sports functions and events
  • Sports clothing
  • Therapeutic fitness/wellness sector
  • Biomechanical measurement engineering field
  • Sports science centers/high-performance training centers

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Head of innovation and research departments in industry, in connection with the field of manufacturing and process engineering as well as material and equipment design
  • Measurement technician in the field of biomechanical and physiochemical measurement engineering
  • Production manager and materials expert at sports equipment manufacturers
  • Quality assurance manager responsible for the fulfillment of required standards
  • Technical consultant for high-performance training centers and centers of excellence for sports
  • Training technique expert in competitive sports
  • Instructor for technical training programs
  • Sporting event organizer and technical consultant for sporting events
  • Technical specialist in marketing, logistics, and customer service for sports equipment

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Developing and planning sports equipment and sports facilities, and adapting or completing them in line with existing designs
  • Designing, constructing, and manufacturing prototypes, and verifying their functionality and suitability for implementation
  • Creating, carrying out, and coordinating design studies
  • Creating and evaluating logistical concepts
  • Creating, monitoring, and coordinating processes such as materials procurement, inventory, and manufacturing processes
  • Checking the functionality and safety of manufactured products
  • Monitoring the production processes while taking technical and economic aspects into account
  • Monitoring the safety engineering used during production
  • Training sales managers of companies and managers of sports equipment stores
  • Selecting materials and designing facilities based on their specific purpose or the material loads
  • Developing and organizing sporting events while taking technical, economic, and sports-specific aspects into account
  • Organizing and managing the technical logistics of the operational processes of events
  • Creating data acquisition concepts, for example in the areas of movement analysis, ergonomics, ergometrics, and biomedical interactions
  • Setting up, configuring, and monitoring measurement systems, as well as operating and servicing this equipment
  • Heading up scientific studies, guiding development processes, managing processes, managing projects, taking on responsibility for the complete technical implementation of a design idea
  • Coordinating existing research and development projects, creating relevant structures to ensure that projects are carried out in an organized manner
  • Giving advice with regard to the funding and financing of projects
  • Assisting with project planning and controlling as well as reporting
  • Carrying out mechanical calculations and applying the finite-element method to theoretically verify the behavior of materials and components
  • Advising responsible staff in medical fields, training medical staff, demonstrating application techniques regarding, for instance, the use of physical therapy equipment technologies