Bachelor of Engineering
Renewable and natural wood is a valued raw material, as the world’s natural resources are dwindling. The Degree Programme in Wood Technology combines theory, manual craftsmanship and practice-oriented projects appropriately in cooperation with leading companies in the sector.
During the programme, you will familiarise yourself with the wood products industry's production methods, design required in product development, as well as new working methods useful in working life. You will gain workplace experience in projects, which are carried out in close cooperation with companies – potentially with your future employer. The cooperation projects are great opportunities, which you should take advantage of. Research and innovations enable you, while still studying, to build your own future and that of the sector and Finland as a whole.
As a wood technology student, you can focus your studies in accordance with your strengths or desired areas of improvement on design, sales or management, for example. The business programme in wood technology that began in autumn 2016 offers an opportunity to complement the wood technology programme with business studies.
Lahti is a natural location for training future professionals in wood technology, since it is Finland’s largest hub of wood products industry companies. Join us to study the wood technology of the future on our new campus in the centre of southern Finland! You may also live outside Lahti, since the blended learning is less dependent on time and place, thus offering you flexibility.
The wood technology programme offers extensive education in production and materials, which includes professional studies concerning the products, manufacturing processes and designing new products in the wood products industry. In addition to the professional studies, you will also study natural sciences, foreign languages, communication and digital skills. The programme consists of lectures, assignments and useful and inspiring project work.
Practice periods and project work are completed with partners in both Finland and abroad. The workplace-based projects help you deepen your competence in the topic at hand and also provide you with project management, reporting and teamwork skills and competence in research methods and information searches. Work placement enables you to familiarise yourself with the operations of a company as well as to gain practical experience. The thesis provides you with an opportunity to focus on an interesting, workplace-oriented topic using a research-based approach.
If you are interested in incorporating sales and marketing with the technology programme, you can complement wood technology studies in the business programme in wood technology that started in autumn 2016 (30 ECTS). The study path is tailored in cooperation with a sponsor company in the wood products industry. You can specialise in the commercial wood technology programme after the second year of studies. The specialisation will not extend the study time.
If you are interested in environmental matters, you can specialise in the circular economy path studies (15–45 ECTS). The multidisciplinary teams are composed of students from other fields, such as design and business administration. Themes related to the circular economy include energy and resource efficiency, sustainable resource planning, product development, and utilisation of side streams. Assignments can be given by companies, or you can develop your own idea.
Structure of studies, 240 ECTS
The curriculum of the Bachelor of Engineering programme at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences consists of core competence (180 ECTS credits) and complementary competence (60 ECTS credits). The core competence consists of the core competence shared by all Lahti University of Applied Sciences students (25 ECTS credits), professional core competence (110 ECTS credits) as well as practice (30 ECTS credits) and thesis (15 ECTS credits). Complementary competence can consist of engineering courses, multidisciplinary path studies or other competence supporting one’s professional growth. The curriculum is based on modules of 10–25 ECTS credits each. The modules are divided into courses of 3–5 ECTS credits each.
Study models of the flexible daytime programme in wood technology
Flexible completion of wood technology studies is possible. You can select from one of the two methods based on your work experience or life situation. The scheduling of both study models is the same, and they are share the same learning objectives.
The daytime programme follows a more traditional teaching model, in which competence grows by working together in groups and completing learning assignments, for example.
In the flexible model, the study progress is more student-specific and based on independent work and online assignments. Contact sessions are realised in the form of intensive periods. For example, at the beginning of the studies, there is one week and later, approximately two days per month.
As a rule, the language of instruction is Finnish but you can take examinations or complete an assignment or the thesis in English, for example.
The UAS Bachelor's degree includes a thesis project which carries 15 ECTS. The thesis will expand and deepen your professional competence and provide diverse skills to work in sector development tasks. The thesis will improve your information gathering and problem solving skills as well as sense-making. It also enables genuine interaction with working life, since the thesis is primarily drawn up as a working life assignment. The thesis can be completed as an individual, pair or group work and it includes a written report. At best, the thesis will be your stepping stone into working life.
Graduates earn a qualification of Bachelor of Engineering, which equals the university degree of Bachelor of Science in process and materials technology. The programme duration is four years.
We offer our students diverse opportunities to gain international competence for working life. You will be able to complete part of your studies at our partner institutions around the world and complete practice periods in other countries. Our language course offering is designed to help you develop extensive and diverse language skills. English-language courses provide opportunities to network with students and teachers from different cultures.
The programme includes active cooperation with other sectors and companies in one’s own field of study. The assignments integrated in the programme provide you with an understanding of what workplace skills are required in the wood products sector.
Your studies will incorporate workplace development tasks in cooperation with businesses and workplace organisations. Multidisciplinary workplace-oriented projects and a range of learning environments (student cooperatives, LimuRadio, SimulTi, Fumatec, Linkku, etc.) help you build strong contacts with employer organisations throughout your studies. Fumatec offers genuine cooperation in workplace projects and gives you opportunities to demonstrate your skills as well as to create connections with sector influencers.
For the graduating engineer, the programme offers diverse skills for working in technical and commercial tasks in the wood products industry. Typical milestones on the career path include development, management, planning and marketing positions in both Finland and abroad. Products manufactured by sector companies include sawn timber, plywood, fibreboard, chipboard, furniture, buildings, wooden houses, glulam and laminated veneer lumber, bioenergy, packaging, as well as joinery industry products. A Bachelor of Engineering in wood technology can also seek employment in factory design tasks or work in production and design tasks in the wooden home and wooden structure industries.
An UAS Bachelor of Engineering can pursue Master’s level studies in engineering at an institute of higher education after potential complementary studies (e.g. in mathematics). An UAS Bachelor of Engineering can pursue studies leading to a Finnish or English-language Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences after accumulating three years of professional experience in the field in question.