Bachelor of Engineering, Energy Technology

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Degree: Bachelor of Engineering
Field of study: Technology
Extent: 4 years 240 credits
Location: Vaasa

No admission 2018

Vision

Today anyone can see the signs of a constantly growing population on Earth. Urgent demand for new energy sources and scarce natural resources, as well as increasing needs for waste management, are major challenges for nations and municipalities all over the world. Environmental issues are nowadays considered a megatrend and business activities in connection to energy and the environment are growing fast. To meet these challenges industrial companies, authorities and organisations need engineers that can grasp their assignments in a holistic way. These engineers need to have the required technical competence as well as a capability to consider economical, legislative and social aspects.

Background, objectives and contents

Novia UAS (and its predecessors) has educated environmental engineers since 1996. We are now offering national and international students a degree programme in Energy Technology. Learning methods focus on strengthening the students' abilities in problem solving and teamwork. Skills in written and oral communication are also emphasized in the education.

The engineering education has a strong base in chemistry, physics and modern mathematical methods as well as in industrial economy, thus providing the essential tools for successful studies and an engineer's career. Especially in the beginning of the studies an effort is made to strengthen the English professional language, in order to facilitate successful studies. Basic courses in the two national languages Finnish and Swedish are also provided.

The programme is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive competence in environmental and energy related issues that are relevant especially for industrial companies, but also for authorities and organisations. The education includes subjects such as energy production and efficiency, resource and waste management, system analysis and environmental legislation, as well as project-based working and the management of projects. The broad base described above enables the engineers to start their career in many different positions and the holistic view provides tools for communicating and cooperating with many different kinds of specialists. Read more in the curricula >>

Practical training can be performed in companies and/or in research and development project groups. The practical training periods give the student the opportunities to get acquainted with working life, to get valuable contacts and not least to be able to test his or her abilities. The final Thesis project is mostly carried out in cooperation with companies. Examples of what an Engineer in this field can do.

Our cooperation with partner universities provides the student with an additional possibility to either specialize further, or to get a broader competence, by exchange studies.

Study Objectives

The programme is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive competence in environmental and energy related issues that are relevant especially for industrial companies, but also for authorities and organisations. The education includes subjects such as energy production and efficiency, resource and waste management, system analysis and environmental legislation, as well as project-based working and the management of projects. The broad base described above enables the engineers to start their career in many different positions and the holistic view provides tools for communicating and cooperating with many different kinds of specialists.

The language of instruction

The programme is offered in English.

Study contents

This engineering education has a strong base in chemistry, physics and modern mathematical methods as well as in industrial economy, thus providing the essential tools for successful studies and an engineer’s career. Subjects covered include energy production and efficiency, resource and waste management, as well as system and life-cycle analysis. The students learn to handle environmental and energy related tasks in a comprehensive way, taking into consideration both legislation and economy. The working methods of the degree programme include case studies, projects and team work, all of which aim at improving communication, argumentation and cooperation skills. The approach provides a good basis for future industrial project work.

Structure of studies

The studies consist of:

  • Core studies 72 cr
  • Professional studies 111 cr
  • Elective studies 12 cr
  • Professional training 30 cr
  • Thesis 15 cr

Final project

The Bachelor’s thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and /or external commissions, joint projects or other projects related to working life. Examples are:

  • reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
  • development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
  • product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
  • a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
  • a portfolio

Career opportunities

Common career choices after graduation include industrial or consultative work as a project engineer in the fields of energy and environmental technology, work with environmental and quality systems, as well as recycling and optimization of use of raw materials and energy. Other fields of work include research and development within the environmental and energy fields.

The engineers are often developers, managers, project engineers or responsible for communication and authority contacts concerning environmental issues. Many engineers are consultants, supporting industrial companies in environmental issues or cooperating in different projects concerning for instance renewable energy production or waste management. You can also become a governmental or local official or find a challenging job in associations or international organizations.

The Vaasa region hosts the biggest concentration of energy-related business activities in Northern European countries, including many international companies, http://energyvaasa.vaasanseutu.fi/en/. The region is also a pioneer in waste management.

 

Postgraduate study opportunities

After completing Bachelor’s Degree it is possible to continue to Masters level studies at Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the picture above you can see a few students taking soil samples, they are Nan Cui, Evelyn Berle and Hanna Laakso from the left.