Career Profils - Process Engineering
The exploitation of renewable natural resources, exploitation of alternative energy sources, efficient, clean and eco-friendly manufacturing of chemical products, foods, building materials, glass and ceramics, fuels and other energy carriers, development of new methods to profit from domestic waste and manufacturing waste, new biotechnological methods for drug manufacturing - all challenges that are being faced by modern industrial societies, and as such, important tasks for future process engineers as well. All this makes process technology one of the most versatile, interesting and demanding of the engineering sciences - even if process engineers tend to work behind the scences and away from the limelight that computer scientists, civil engineers and mechanical engineers enjoy. Approximately forty of all process engineers work in the materials-transforming industry (extracting of raw materials, manufacturing of petroleum products, chemicals, foods, drugs, building materials, in power stations and recycling companies), thirty percent in plant engineering (planning and construction of machines and facilities for the aforementioned industries and environmental protection sector), approximately fifteen percent in R&D, in addition to positions in sales, engineering firms, licensing and monitoring authorities (technical control boards etc), insurance companies and so on.
Bachelor Degree in Process Engineering
The Bachelor programme Process Technology imparts a broad spectrum of fundamental knowledge; course requirements are similar to those for the Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering programmes, which means that a number of classes (especially mathematics, physics, engineering mechanics, theory of design) are conducted on a joint basis. Subject-specific accents are set through foundation courses in chemistry, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. During their undergraduate training students can easily transfer between the Environmental Engineering, Technologies of Biogenic Raw Materials and Process Engineering programmes.
One speciality of Bachelor studies at the BTU is that, beginning with the first semester, students have access to dedicated introductory lectures, excursions and laboratory internships in the field of process technology. This wide access is an great benefit ti undergraduates when deciding which career they should to pursue. The second half of the Bachelor Programme serves to introduce students to the complete spectrum of process technology and its various disciplines. Students then choose a specialist field, author a Bachelor's Thesis and prepare themselves for a Master Programme, or assume positions in industry or commerce.
Master Degree in Process Engineering
The Master Programme Process Engineering serves to broaden and deepen knowledge acquired in the Bachelor Programme. It opens doors to highly qualified industrial professional activities, as well as to development and research. The Master Programme offers a higher degree of specialisation and promotes independent scientific work capacities. The Masters degree programme features a 6-month Master' Thesis period, during which students independently tackle a complex topic under the supervision of experience scientists.