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Bachelor's Degree Programme in Process and Materials Engineering (students who started 2016 and before), Insinööri (AMK): 240 ECTS
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Degree title and level

Bachelor's Degree in Materials Engineering, 240 credits

Study objectives

COMMON OBJECTIVES IN MATERIALS ENGINEERING STUDIES

There is a demand for materials technology engineers in every industrial field. In the degree programme in materials technology in Lahti the student can acquire qualifications and specialize in wood products technology or polymer and fibre technology.

The studies provide a comprehensive education in production and material science, containing all the main materials belonging to the specialization. High tech expertise and sustainable development are essential parts of further processing of the materials. There are various forms of cooperation with company partners, for example cooperation projects, research projects and work placements in Finland and abroad.

The materials engineering studies at Lahti University of Applied Sciences provide qualifications in materials science, design, manufacture and applications, taking sustainable development into account. To support product design studies, modern 3D printing and laser machining are among the techniques used. Cooperation with industry is done in the form of various projects, practical training and theses. The study methods are versatile and flexible. Part of the studies can for example be done in companies as on-the-job learning in the form of supervised practical training or by working in extensive projects. If needed, flexible study paths can be made for the student.

Internationalization is significant also for Finland and Finnish business, and its importance will only grow in the future. Students can practice internationalization during their studies by doing exchange studies or practical training abroad, for example. By using these opportunities, students improve their position when applying for work placements or jobs. There has been active participation in exchange studies among the students.

Specialization in Wood Technology

Wood as a renewable natural resource provides great potential for the Finnish wood products industry and its future. The wood products industry processes renewable Finnish wood into high-quality products, using environmentally friendly methods. The Finnish wood products industry is internationally highly esteemed and competitive. Exports and international contacts are extremely important for the wood products industry. The Lahti region is also of great importance for the Finnish wood processing industry, since there is the biggest concentration of different kinds of wood products companies.

Bachelor’s level education in wood technology has been given in Lahti for over 50 years. Lahti is especially suitable for this kind of education, because there is close cooperation between education and the wood products industry, which is beneficial for both parties.

The education provides the graduated engineer with versatile qualifications to work in industry or marketing. Typical job descriptions are development and management positions, as well as design and marketing positions in Finland and abroad. The graduated engineer can also work in planning factory layouts or in production or design tasks in the wood house and wood construction industries.

Wood is a material of the future, as well as an ecological alternative. Wood will be used increasingly, according to the objectives of sustainable development, because the production and use of wood products cause minimal burden to the environment and slow down climate change. As the paper industry is moving away from Finland, there will have to be more uses and applications for Finnish wood, which calls for the creation of new innovations. For this purpose, Finland needs new engineering expertise.

Further information in Finnish: http://www.lamk.fi/hakijalle/amk-tutkinnot/Sivut/tuote.aspx?pid=1297 ja www.puutekniikka.info


Specialization in Polymer and Fibre Technology

Graduates from the specialization of polymer and fibre technology can find employment in different sections of plastics and polymer industry as well as industry utilizing polymer-based materials and products, in Finland and abroad. Possible tasks are expert, sales, marketing and design tasks, work in management and superior positions, research and product development tasks, teaching and working as an entrepreneur.

Polymer-based materials can originate directly from nature from renewable raw material sources, or they can be manufactured synthetically. Some of them are known as plastics, some as textile and fibre materials. Polymer-based materials are part of our everyday life and they are irreplaceable for many applications. They have a decisive influence when moving towards a more energy and material efficient and environmentally friendly future. Polymer materials have a great positive role in all aspects of sustainable development.

Today polymer materials can be found everywhere. This is due to several factors, such as the reduction of the consumption of fossil fuels, making maximum use of renewable energy, transportation of clean water, the need to guarantee the hygiene of foodstuffs, applications in extreme conditions, smart materials and modern innovations in medicine. Compared to many other materials, polymer materials are light, energy efficient and easily modifiable for almost any end use. Polymer-based materials can be recycled and reused several times, so they can even be utilised as waste.

Study contents

COMMON CONTENTS OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING STUDIES

For the first half a year, all students of materials engineering study the same courses, and after that they choose either wood technology or fibre and polymer technology as their specialization.

The core studies deal with languages, mathematics, physics and chemistry. The common studies of materials engineering consist of the properties of materials, design techniques, production economics and projects.

Wood Technology

The wood technology studies provide comprehensive education in production and materials, covering sawmilling, wood-based panels, furniture and joinery industries, as well as the wood construction industry. The studies also focus on high-tech expertise and sustainable development. Studies take the form of lectures, practical assignments and project work. Periods of practical training and projects are done in cooperation with partners, both in Finland and abroad.

In addition to studying the specialization in wood technology (60 credits), the student can do studies in wood constructions (15 credits), as part of the complementary studies

Fibre and Polymer Technology

The specialization in polymer and fibre technology provides qualifications in polymer materials: choice of materials, product design, manufacture, further processing, testing and new applications. The studies emphasize material efficiency and sustainable development, utilizing new techniques.

Studies are often done as projects in laboratories and in cooperation with companies. In addition to the specialisation studies in polymer and fibre technology (60 credits), the students can strengthen their qualifications by doing elective studies in materials technology or studies in other Finnish or foregn universities, or by getting work experience.

Structure of studies

Structure of studies, 240 cr

CORE COMPETENCE 180 CR
• core studies 75 cr
• professional studies 60 cr
• work placement 30 cr
• thesis 15 cr

COMPLEMENTARY COMPETENCE 60 CR
• other professional studies 45 cr
• elective studies 15 cr

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The specialization (wood technology or polymer and fibre technology) is selected in the December of the first study year.

More about the language of instruction

The main language of tuition is Finnish, but an exam, practical assignment or thesis can also be done for example in English.

Thesis

The thesis is a small-scale study, which is done individually and is accompanied by a written report. The aim of the thesis is to train the students to apply theory in their solutions, to use the working methods of the field, to solve problems independently while integrating all possible aspects, to work in a consistent and organised way, to look for information and use source materials, and to present the results of the study in written, visual and oral form.

The students find the topics for their theses themselves. The topic must be related to the core contents of their specialization and give a foundation for their future jobs. The theses are mostly commissioned by companies, or they can be research and development tasks assigned by Lahti University of Applied Sciences. Ideally it is a good stepping stone for the work-life.

Qualification

This is a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (BEng), which corresponds to the lower academic degree (Bachelor of Science) in materials engineering. The intended duration is four years.

Internationalization

Students have the opportunity to apply for exhange studies abroad, because there are partner universities in several countries. It is also possible to do practical training in industrial companies in other countries. The easiest way is through a Finnish company that has a unit abroad. In addition, the international students at LUAS create an environment that promotes internationalization and helps to improve language skills.

Co-operation with other parties

Work placement, i.e. practical training (30 credits) in the work life, is an essential part of the studies. Work placement is versatile practical work in a work environment related with the study field. In work placement the students get familiar with the jobs relevant to their professional studies and learn to apply their knowledge and skills in actual working life. They develop qualifications for independent work and get training in jobs in their field. The students also learn to analyse their competence and their learning process during work placement. Through writing the work placement report the students learn to command and structure extensive material and develop their written communication skills.

Work placement is part of the process of professional growth, closely connected with career planning and job application. The students find their work placements themselves.

During the studies there are small-scale projects commissioned by a company or the school. Students are also integrated in larger research and product development projects, to carry out certain parts of the project or to do their thesis. Reseaarch and development is also done with different universities, and students participate in them too.

Research focus

The research activity in materials engineering has long traditions. We have conducted externally funded research projects since the beginning of the 90s, and through them we have created close connections with different research institutions and the business life of the region. The focus of research is on the development of materials and production methods, energy efficiency as well as reuse and recycling, which are the current research targets. Another emphasis is on composite materials (e.g. wood+plastic, wood+textile, plastic+textile). In material efficiency the focus is on sensible use of wood, plastic and textile resources, as well as analysing and utilizing side streams. In materials technology there have been several publicly funded projects, and several are in progress currently, for example on material applications and recycling.

Career opportunities

The studies of wood technology provide the graduated engineer with versatile qualifications to work in industry or marketing. Typical job descriptions are development and management positions, as well as design and marketing positions in Finland and abroad. The graduated engineer can also work in planning factory layouts or in production or design tasks in the wood house and wood construction industries.

Graduates from the specialization of polymer and fibre technology can find employment in different sections of plastics and polymer industry as well as industry utilizing polymer-based materials and products, in Finland and abroad. Possible tasks are expert, sales, marketing and design tasks, work in management and superior positions, research and product development tasks, teaching and working as an entrepreneur.

Postrgraduate study opportunities

A Bachelor of Engineering from a university of applied sciences can directly apply for Master's degree studies, after possible bridge studies (for example in mathematics).