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 together with professional usage of them.

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, required to reform the manufacturing industry and to increase its competitiveness through sustainable product 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 their future vision. You will be familiarised with both traditional manufacturings of metal constructions and modern production which utilises new fibre and composite based materials. Course topics will cover a wide range of production industry from food packaging to vehicle and civil industry.

All sessions of the programme will be available online. You will be able to participate in the programme according to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) principle.

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.

You will

  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing as a whole and an essential part of the company business
  • have adopted the principles of the most common and widely used manufacturing processes
  • be able to work with others in task-orientated groups participating and interacting with the group in a productive manner
  • be able to logically think through existing manufacturing problems in daily use and solve them, to contribute to innovative thinking
  • be able to understand the possibilities of automation and robots for manufacturing stages
  • be able to understand the meaning of material selection and design for manufacturing of products
  • be able to rethink existing manufacturing methods and generate innovative new methods for improving the whole factory concept and production
  • be able to well understand the economy of manufacturing

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, packaging technology, advanced welding processes, sustainable welding production, laser processing and 3D-printing and production controlling technologies and methods.

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Career prospects

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.

Other prospective positions include overseeing the construction of new factories, systems or processes, the import and sales of machinery, and supervising, teaching and testing positions.

You may find placement in mechanical engineering, machine, and device import, inspecting and testing industries, or education and research organisations. Graduates of this programme have found placement in companies like 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

You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:

  • Rolling Admission (1 October 2018−31 May 2019)
  • Regular Admission (3 December 2018−23 January 2019)
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