Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering (BSc)
Avoid, reduce, reuse
The effects of human activity on nature and the environment are becoming increasingly evident. On an almost daily basis, we face media reports of industrial accidents with dramatic consequences. Although major catastrophes remain an exception, the production of everyday products is always linked to ecological consequences, making the work of engineers and technicians essential, as they aim to keep the side effects of industrial activities as minor as possible.
Studying Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering equips you with the foundations for finding solutions for environmentally compatible and cost efficient production methods.
What skills and interests do I need?
You should have an interest in natural and technical processes, be curious about how things work, and be passionate about solving environmental challenges. Moreover, you should be able to apply your in-depth knowledge across the disciplines. If you also possess over creative problem-solving skills and a certain technical aptitude, then you have what it takes to study Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering.
What can I expect during my studies?
A waste manager or process engineer applies knowledge from other disciplines on a daily basis. These include chemistry, mechanical engineering, maths, laboratory analysis, environmental law, toxicology, business administration, and computer simulation.
You will become acquainted with most of these disciplines throughout your Bachelors degree. Your Masters degree gives you the opportunity of building and expanding your knowledge and specialising in either process engineering or waste management. A process engineer focuses on plant construction for treating pollutants, emissions, sewage and waste that form during industrial production. Therefore, manufacturing processes and the effects of emissions as a by-product are studied in depth.
The appropriate disposal and recycling of residues and waste are the main concerns waste managers face. Products can become part of a cycle. If, for example, by-product or waste emissions can be used in the manufacturing process of another product. Or, if waste-management is practiced at the stage of product design.
What can I expect after my studies?
Environmental technology plays a key role in almost all industrial branches, meaning that you can work in all kinds of industries. Example could be the paper-, cement-, petroleum-, food-, iron and steel industry, power plants or environmental technology itself (sewage and exhaust fume treatment, renewable energies, raw materials, consulting, environmental authorities, etc.).
Due to the broad spectrum of disciplines covered over the course of your studies, you have the advantage of choosing the industry in which you wish to have a career in.