A wide range of everyday products contain polymers. Your smartphone, component parts in cars, bite splints or modern sports gear are all made of “polymeric materials”. No other set of materials can be processed and applied in such a variety of ways. Without plastics, green technologies – including photovoltaic and wind power – would not work either. This is why plastics and environmental protection are far from contradicting each other. As a polymer engineer, you can dedicate yourself to the enhancement of recycling technologies or the development of eco-design and innovative bioplastics in order to shape a sustainable future.
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
Have you ever wondered what extreme pressure an airplane has to bear up against? As a polymer engineer you keep a level head when it comes to these questions, because you know that the outer skin of an airplane is reinforced by polymers that protect it from ice in the air. And while metallic materials may suffer from an unlucky encounter with a flock of birds, polymers are likely to remain sound. Don’t be afraid of technology – neither on an airplane nor during your studies! An interest in natural sciences and technology is key for studying polymer engineering and science, but you don’t need any prior training. With a high school diploma or an equivalent degree as well as curiosity and ambition you are set to make the cut and successfully complete an engineering programme.
During your studies: what to look forward to
Following a one-year foundation course in technology and natural sciences, you will delve into the fascinating universe of polymer science. Depending on your preferences you can deepen your engagement with a particular study area. The Polymer Engineering and Science programme offers tailor-made contents along the value-added cycle, from material development and optimisation, component design and simulation, processing and production, materials and component testing as well as recycling. In addition, the well-equipped laboratories at Montanuniversität and mandatory industry internships offer space for applying theoretical insights.
During your master’s degree you build on and further deepen your interests. Areas for specialisation include the development of polymeric materials, research on innovative production technology, or the design of energy-efficient lightweight construction solutions.
Following your studies: what to expect
Versatile, high-quality and innovative – this applies not only to the role of polymers in industry and research but also to your profile as a Montanuniversität graduate. Even prior to graduation you are likely to be able to choose from a range of job offers and go for exciting employment opportunities around the world. Your potential work areas range from micro, nano and aerospace technology or automotive industries and mechanical engineering to electronics, electrical engineering and the design of sports equipment. More recently, the use of polymers has also expanded in the fields of medical technology and alternative energy production.