SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. In 2023, our team of over 14,400 employees around the world generated sales of more than 3.4 billion euros. We apply our 150 years of experience and our digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes that extend beyond our core business. We are the right partner for challenging projects and support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their plants and equipment. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is our stated goal.

Designing roll calibers and roll passes is a complex process that requires highly experienced process designers. The main challenge is to design a process that achieves the desired final profile shape while staying within the machine's capabilities. A standard approach to support the process designers is the application of the 3D FE simulations. SMS R&D develops an alternative to conventional models based on the Finite-Element-Method and Python. In order to extend the model’s capabilities to capture a large variety of rolling problems, such as multi-pass rolling, its’ underlying code requires further extensions and thorough testing. The generated results need to be validated using experimental data.

Degree thesis/specialized internship/practical semester in the field of hot rolling simulation with FEM and Python


You will undertake theoretical work in the programming of process models • This is a challenging technical task that requires structured thinking and creativity • You will learn to apply and extend the knowledge gained from your studies • You will work as part of the development team within our R&D department and get to know our methods • Desired duration of internship: min. 3 months following consultation and based on availability.


You are studying engineering or looking to complete a natural sciences degree in physics • Through your studies, you have basic knowledge of process modeling using FEM • You are willing to investigate new subject areas • Programming experience is mandatory (e. g. Python, Fortran).


A wide range of experience and expertise in supporting internships as well as bachelor's and master's thesis in collaboration with various universities.

Are you keen on shaping the future with us? If so, feel free to send us your online application (CV and cover letter, certificate of archievement). Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

SMS group GmbH
Heike Bongartz