Mastering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Product Lifecycle Management

Fraunhofer online training

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a management concept that encompasses the integration of all information that arises during the lifecycle of a product. Companies use PLM to optimize the control and management of all product-related information along the entire lifecycle – thus reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

The central challenge of modern product development is the efficient handling of product data and development knowledge. In order to achieve this, digital technology and modeling, information networking, software functionality as well as processes and methods for decision-making must seamlessly interlock. The goal of our »Mastering PLM« training is to develop and expand the competencies of employees to meet these challenges. Our training provides practice-oriented knowledge and skills of product lifecycle management in a self-paced online course.


This is what our Mastering PLM training offers you:

  • a mix of scientifically backed practice and theory, with independent approaches to solutions by qualified content developers from industry and research,
  • original content on future-oriented product development that is not addressed in this way by any university course or other formal training,
  • state-of-the-art knowledge transfer by research institute Fraunhofer IPK.


After successfully completing our training, you will understand how to:

  • design development and planning processes efficiently and cost-effectively,
  • manage product and planning data in a lean fashion along a digital red thread,
  • enable fast and model-oriented collaboration between all parties involved,
  • simplify the exchange of data and models within and across companies,
  • seamlessly integrate models and data across the entire lifecycle,
  • establish PLM as part of enterprise-wide IT.

How do my company and I benefit from professional trainings?

Arguments for companies

  • By completing the Mastering PLM training, your employees learn to understand the importance of the strategic use of PLM in your company and can guide the strategic implementation as specialists.
  • In-house experts develop an understanding of suppliers and vendors and can support their company without need for external consultants in the PLM implementation.
  • By training your staff, you can ensure in the long term that operational PLM is supported and further developed in your company .

Arguments for employees

  • You will become an expert in product lifecycle management, know the complex PLM processes and be able to implement them successfully in your company.
  • You will benefit from flexible access to the course materials at any time and from any location.
  • You can set your own learning pace with our self-directed learning.
  • You will benefit from our professors and lecturers from industry and science that have developed the content based on many years of experience.  
Type of event: Self-paced and video-based training
Duration:  Approx. 15 hours of learning
949,- €
The fee includes the online course as well as the certificate of attendance.
  • Learning videos
  • Tests: test your knowledge in short multiple-choice quiz.
  • PLM Discussion Group: exchange with other course participants as you work your way through the course content.
  • Exercises: use your knowledge in a small case study.

PLM Fundamentals

  • Basics of PLM
  • Product development
  • System complexity

Value Creating Methods in PLM

  • Systems and Requirements Engineering
  • Bills of materials
  • Engineering release & change management
  • Variant & configuration management
  • CAx technologies
  • Validation & simulation
  • Digital Twins
  • Production planning & the Digital Factory
  • ERP, MES & PLM
  • Supplier integration
  • Advanced Systems Engineering

IT Methods in PLM

  • PLM architectures
  • ALM & management of software projects
  • UX & Design Thinking

PLM Project Management

  • Process analysis, optimization & modelling
  • Designing IT landscapes
  • Economic feasibility
  • Behavioral economics
  • Communication

Our course is aimed at all persons who have taken on technical or strategic responsibility with PLM or want to do so in the future. If you find yourself in one of these roles, you have come to the right place:

  • Strategic PLM establishment
  • PLM implementation
  • PLM line

The training concerns participants from these departments: product development, product management, IT, design, engineering, process management, production planning, manufacturing planning, logistics, project management.

It is particularly suitable for the following industries: mechanical engineering, mobility solutions, computer and electronics manufacturers, medical technology, software development, IT system vendors, IT service and consulting companies.


In cooperation with:

  • Fraunhofer Academy
  • EIT Digital
  • University4Industry

We can also offer you business individualized courses on your demand (online and face-to-face, on your premises or in our facilities). In case you are interested please contact Anna Pietsch (anna.pietsch[at] directly.

For more information about our online training program, please visit the IPK Website.