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PDEng position: Multi-Annual Maintenance Model for Airport Infrastructure

Would you like to contribute to a more optimized maintenance of infrastructure at the third biggest European airport? Are you passionate about designing …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 1970 - € 1970 per maand


Would you like to contribute to a more optimized maintenance of infrastructure at the third biggest European airport? Are you passionate about designing solution for complex problems? Then, this Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme may be for you. The PDEng is a 2-year post Master Degree technological designers programme. This programme contains an educational part and a design project. For the design project, you will work with Heijmans, a listed company that combines activities in property development, residential and non-residential building and infrastructure. The educational programme will have an in-depth character with ample attention for professional development and is partly tailored to the design project. Together with Heijmans, you will develop a high-level and creative solution for the given problem.

The challenge

Heijmans is the responsible contractor for the "Airside" area at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This area covers all infrastructure and provisions on and surrounding the runways, including taxiways, holding bays, service roads, signage and lighting. Heijmans is obliged to present each year a maintenance planning for the next five years to Airport Schiphol which includes more than 300 activities and projects. For planning the maintenance, Heijmans needs to consider among other things the contractually determined infrastructure performance, the available budget, and the operational constraints of the airport. Different stakeholders are directly and indirectly affected by the maintenance activities and their needs have to be addressed in the planning as well. In order to understand the consequences of maintenance for Heijmans and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, multiple data from different sources have to be accessed, preprocessed, integrated, and analyzed. This includes data on infrastructure condition, maintenance costs, and aircraft operation.

The aim of this design project is to:

"Develop a dynamic and interactive multi-annual maintenance model to determine the consequences of maintenance activities and projects at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol"

The expected outcome of the model to be developed is:

  • Integrating and analyzing data from different sources and for different asset types that is required for determining maintenance needs and making maintenance consequences visible;
  • Providing insights into the maintenance consequences for affected stakeholders in terms of maintenance costs, airport operation and infrastructure performance;
  • Allowing the visualization and simulation of maintenance consequences for the planning period, and
  • Supporting the coordination between Heijmans and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on the multi-annual maintenance planning.


This project follows a design science approach, in which you are expected to explore the problem context and literature, then iteratively make an innovative design of the maintenance model, and validate it in a real-life setting. You will primarily focus on integration and analysis of multiple data for different asset types and from the perspective of the different stakeholders involved, and depending on the needs of the project, may extend this to prototype development. You will collaborate closely with Dutch speaking professionals from Heijmans which means that you will spend 1-2 days per week at the Heijmans office at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Eligible candidates should have either (1) a background (completed M.Sc.) in maintenance engineering and management, and have demonstrated knowledge in the domain of data science (e.g. through possession of certificates, practical experience, or course grades), or (2) a background in data science, and have demonstrated knowledge in maintenance engineering and management. Stakeholder management and programming skills are beneficial. Proficiency in English (written and spoken) is mandatory. Command of Dutch language is an extra asset given the work environment at the host company.


We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor-made post-master design programme with a combination of education (50%) and working on a design project (50%).
  • A salary of € 1.970 gross per month.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified and recognised degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVINIRIA).

Additional information

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications relevant for the project before 31st of August 2021.

If you have any further questions about this position, please contact Dr Andreas Hartmann at a.hartmann@utwente.nl (telephone: +31 53 489 2084).

General information about the PDEng programme you can find at http://www.utwente.nl/pdeng/en/