Industrial Engineering in the Timber Industry
This degree program is directed towards future technical specialists and managers in the timber, furnishings and wood construction industry, the wood industry and associated or adjacent industries. The program is designed less for narrow specialists and more for cross-functional and cross-company activities. It teaches a set of tools for senior managers in mid-sized companies.
The Master's program Industrial Engineering in the Timber Industry has a modular structure. Students can choose focus areas within the two blocks of Management and Production, and must select four to five modules from each of the two topic blocks. Individual coursework is divided into lecture courses, exercises, internships and seminars. The degree program focuses on development, design and production engineering for wood products and wood materials, as well as the economic structure of development, production, logistics and distribution processes on both national and international markets.
Subject matter is addressed based on realistic tasks from economic and operational practice in all exercises, internships and projects students complete during their coursework. Modern and well-equipped laboratories and IT equipment are available for these internships and projects. Students work in small groups, ensuring they receive intensive support from their instructors.
The degree fulfills the requirements for positions in senior public service.
Graduates will be qualified for careers in the following areas:
- Technical management and overall management in mid-sized companies
- Management positions at large companies and public institutions (such as operational management, production management, corporate planning, product planning, organizational development, and project coordination).
- Management of research and development units
- Corporate advising
Bachelor’s or graduate degree with a minimum of 210 credit points
The degree program is divided into two mandatory modules (applied mathematics and English), different elective modules in two blocks (cf. coursework schedule) and a scientific internship (during the first and second semesters) and Master’s thesis with colloquium (during the third semester). Students may complete an internship semester (0) first, which will extend the Master's program to four semesters. The individual modules do not build on one another, but instead require students to first complete a Bachelor’s degree focused on timber.
During the first two semesters, students choose four or five modules (a total of nine modules) from each of the two blocks of Management and Production. One module must be in English, and at least two or three modules must come from a technical timber context. Coursework is conducted in some modules by highly qualified scientists from the industry, alongside university professors. Industry content is taught in cooperation with research departments at participating companies. The summer semester (1) is offered in German. During the winter semester (2), some coursework is offered in German, and other coursework in English.
A significant portion of the Master's program focuses on reinforcing academic working methods and approaches. The wood technology laboratories serve as competent contacts for a wide range of issues in the timber, furnishings and wood construction industry and their suppliers. They carry out research and development projects on behalf of companies, or on their own accord, and Master’s students are actively integrated into these projects as well. Students also complete their required scientific internship (workload approx. 210 hours) in the labs, serving to reinforce their scientific work abilities after the Bachelor's degree by addressing selected questions from a larger research project under the instruction of project managers and in collaboration with a working group.
The degree program concludes with the Master's thesis, which should preferably be completed on research and development, for instance on direct research projects at the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, in projects completed alongside industry companies, or in corporate development and re-engineering.
Topics: Construct and Design, Engineering sciences, Production and Wood engineering, Technology, Economy, Management
Duration: 3 semester
Foreign semester: Not required
Credit points: 90 ECTS
Department: Production and Wood engineering
Mode of study:
Cooperative study : Not a cooperative study
Course language: German
Chamber ability: No
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