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Curricula > Bachelor's degree programmes, full-time studies > Bachelor's degree programme in process and materials engineering (2015, 2016) > Bachelor’s degree programme in process and materials engineeringpro 16s (for students who started studies autumn 2016), lahti, polymer and fibre technology (for students who started their studies in autumn 2016)
Bachelor's Degree Programmes, full-time studies

Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Process and Materials Engineeringpro 16S (for students who started studies autumn 2016), Lahti, Polymer and fibre technology (for students who started their studies in autumn 2016)


Select visible years, semesters and periods (when only one year is selected) by clicking buttons below. (S = Spring, A = Autumn)
Year of study 1 2 3 4
Search: ECTS 1 2 3 4 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
Learning and Professional Growth 3
ICT Skills 3
Physics and Chemistry Basics 3
Mathematics Basics 3
Technical Drawing Basics 3
Common Professional Studies 1
Material Science Basics 5
Project 1 5
Scientific Writing 1
Information Literacy 1
Communicating Your Expertise 3
Core Studies 1
Geometry and Trigonometry 3
CAD Drawing 3
Chemistry for Materials Engineering 3
Swedish, written 1.5
Swedish, spoken 1.5
Work Safety and Safe Use of Machinery 3
Core Studies 2
(Select 15 ECTS)
English Language and Communication 3  
Mechanics 3  
3D-CAD Design 3  
Vectors and Matrices 3  
Polymer Chemistry 3  
Core Studies 3
Differential and Integral Calculus 3  
Strength of Materials 1 3  
Electrical Engineering and Automation 3  
Physics for Materials Engineering 6  
(Select 60 ECTS)
Polymer Materials
(Select 15 ECTS)
Fibre Materials 3
Plastic Materials 3
Material Project 6
Composite Materials 3
Manufacturing Polymer Products
(Select 15 ECTS)
Moulds and Tools 3  
Product Development Project 4  
Product Design 3  
Manufacturing Technology 5  
Properties and Further Processing of Polymer Products
(Select 15 ECTS)
Finishing and Jointing 3  
Properties and Testing Them 5  
Product Development and Research Project 4  
Smart Materials 3  
Applications of Polymer Products
(Select 15 ECTS)
Nonwoven Fabrics and Technical Textiles 3    
Recycling and Recycled Products 3    
Product Development and Research Project 6    
Products for Demanding Conditions 3    
Thesis planning 5    
Thesis research and writing 5    
Thesis publication 5    
Practical Training 10  
Practical Training 2 10  
Practical Training 3 10  
(Select 60 ECTS)
Operations Control
(Select 15 ECTS)
Management Skills 3    
Tools of Quality and Environmental Management 3    
Marketing 3    
Production Control 3    
Money Transactions of a Company 3    
Common Professional Studies 2
Professional English 3    
Methodology Studies 3    
Industrial automation 1 4    
Mathematical Statistics 1 3    
Entrepreneurship Studies 2    
Environmental Efficiency
(Select 15 ECTS)
Life Cycle Analysis 3    
Material Efficiency, Recycling and Waste Management 3    
Energy Efficiency 3    
Environmental Responsibilities of a Company 3    
Environmental Issues in the Management and Environmental Quality Systems 3    
(Select 15 ECTS)
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 607032.517.53030353523.

The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Process and Materials Engineeringpro 16S (for students who started studies autumn 2016), Lahti

Polymer and fibre technology (for students who started their studies in autumn 2016)

Polymer-based materials can originate directly from nature from renewable raw material sources, or they can be manufactured
synthetically. Some of them are known as plastics, some as textile and fibre materials. Polymer-based materials are part of our
everyday life and they are irreplaceable for many applications. They have a decisive influence when moving towards a more energy and
material efficient and environmentally friendly future. Polymer materials have a great positive role in all aspects of sustainable
Today polymer materials can be found everywhere. This is due to several factors, such as the reduction of the consumption of fossil
fuels, making maximum use of renewable energy, transportation of clean water, the need to guarantee the hygiene of foodstuffs,
applications in extreme conditions, smart materials and modern innovations in medicine. Compared to many other materials, polymermaterials are light, energy efficient and easily modifiable to almost any end use. Polymer-based materials can be recycled and reused
several times, so they can even be utilised as waste.
Central study themes in polymer and fibre technology are:
- polymer-based materials, fibres and composites as materials
- product design
- tool and manufacturing technology
- potentials of 3D printing
- testing and quality of materials and products
- smart materials and products
- working in projects together with companies and students from other degree programmes
- sustainable development and ecology, recycling
A few years ago, there was a reform of degree programmes in Lahti University of Applied Sciences, where the degree programmes of
wood technology, plastics engineering and textile and clothing technology were merged into a new degree programme of materials and
production engineering. Each of the previous degree programmes became specialization options. Another change took place in autumn
2014: plastics engineering was combined with textile and clothing technology under a new name, polymer and fibre technology. The
change had a smaller effect on plastics studies than on textile and clothing studies. Clothing is no longer included in the studies, but the
focus is on different kinds of fibres, their properties, testing and applications. The studies of plastics engineering have been developed
to take better account of the new requirements in the field.
The specialisation in polymer and fibre technology provides versatile qualifications in material science, design, manufacture and
applications, taking into account the principles of sustainable development. The studies of product design use tools such as 3D printing.
There is cooperation with industry in the form of various projects, work placements and theses. Study methods are flexible. Part of the
studies can for example be carried out in a company by learning on the job, in the form of supervised work placement or in some largescale
project. Flexible study paths can be created for the students, if needed. Internationality is and will be important for Finland and
Finnish business. The students can develop their international competence through exchange studies or work placement abroad, which
will also improve the students’ chances of getting subsequent work placements and jobs. The students have been active in participating
in international student exchange and they are encouraged to do so in the future.
Graduates from the specialization of polymer and fibre technology can find employment in different sections of plastics and polymer
industry as well as industry utilizing polymer-based materials and products, in Finland and abroad. Possible tasks are expert, sales,
marketing and design tasks, work in management and superior positions, research and product development tasks, teaching and
working as an entrepreneur.