To develop more sustainable societies, we need to understand better how to respond to environmental, social and economic challenges and transform industrial behaviour.
Modern engineering design can be implemented by hundreds of different manufacturing techniques, which are the last links of the value chain before the product is released to the customer. The optimal order-delivery chain and profitable business can be guaranteed by choosing the appropriate manufacturing techniques and using them professionally.
The manufacturing industry faces new challenges as customers' needs change due to increasing awareness of sustainable manufacturing methods and the development of new advanced materials. In this programme, you will acquire skills and knowledge to reform the manufacturing industry and to increase its competitiveness through sustainable production design.
During your studies, you will learn to see the possibilities and restrictions of sustainable production. You will develop skills enabling you to participate in demanding global development tasks of product and production design. You will be able to analyse challenging production tasks also by using simulation software.
You will acquire skills in the most common manufacturing techniques and learn about their future visions. You will become familiar with both the traditional manufacturing of metal constructions and modern production which utilises new fibre and composite-based materials. Course topics will cover a wide range of production industries from food packaging to the vehicle and civil industry.
All sessions of the programme will be available online. You will be able to participate in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Intended learning outcomes
After completing this Master's programme, you will be ready to engage in modern, world-class manufacturing for a sustainable future.
You will be able to work in teams and handle the interaction between product development, production, materials technology, design, construction, energy and process technology, and operational techniques.
- understand manufacturing as a whole and as an essential part of the company business;
- adopt the principles of the most common and widely used manufacturing processes;
- be able to work with others in task-orientated groups in a productive manner and lead and manage production tasks and projects;
- be able to logically think through daily manufacturing problems and solve them and to contribute to innovative thinking;
- understand the possibilities of automation and robots for manufacturing stages;
- understand the meaning of material selection and design for product manufacture and sustainability;
- be able to rethink existing manufacturing methods and generate innovative new methods for improving the whole factory concept and production;
- understand the economy of manufacturing comprehensively.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Sustainable Production in Mechanical Engineering is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M. Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core and specialisation studies.
Core studies (35 ECTS credits) include topics on research methods, structural materials, industrial manufacturing processes, reliability engineering design, management and leadership skills.
Specialisation studies (85 ECTS credits) include topics on the integration of production and product design, sustainable production and material selection, productivity and sustainability in metal cutting and sheet metal production, packaging technology, advanced welding processes, sustainable welding production, laser processing, 3D printing and production controlling technologies and methods.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.
Manufacturing engineers play important roles in delivering innovations that take our world forward.
You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work in different fields of the manufacturing industry, most typically in research, development, and innovation functions of mechanical engineering companies and equipment manufacturers.
Graduates may also find employment in overseeing the construction of new factories, systems or processes, the import and sales of machinery, supervising, teaching and testing, mechanical engineering, machine and device import, inspecting and testing industries, or education and research organisations. Graduates of this programme have found jobs in companies such as Outotec, UPM, Stora Enso, Metso, Wärtsilä, Kone, Konecranes, ABB, and VTT.
Additionally, the skills of manufacturing engineers are increasingly in demand beyond the traditional mechanical engineering industry.
You will also acquire a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
How to Apply
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 2 December 2019-22 January 2020
- Rolling admission: 1 October 2019-31 May 2020
About the School
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