Tomorrow's world needs resource-efficient products made from sustainable materials. Innovations are usually based on improved materials and processing methods. In addition to good knowledge of materials, an understanding of the processes involved is therefore also necessary.
In order to meet the requirements of industry and the market with sustainable concepts and solutions, soft skills, foreign language and media skills, as well as knowledge of planning, project and team work are required in addition to your specialist knowledge. The Materials Engineering major provides you with the prerequisites for this.
Well-founded technical and scientific subjects are taught in the orientation and basic area of the Engineering Sciences program. The fundamentals of materials science, materials engineering metals, ceramics, glass, functional and composite materials, their properties, processing and application form the first main subject group (Major 1). An essential part of this is destructive and non-destructive materials testing as well as modern examination methods.
Sustainable plastics and surface technology or industrial production can be selected as the second major group (Major 2). Sustainable plastics and surface technology focuses on biopolymers and their sustainable processing, as well as surface treatment and coating processes. Industrial Production deals with innovative manufacturing processes such as 3D printing and novel, flexible and automated production processes. The program is rounded off by minor subjects, which you can select individually from a catalog of subjects in the program.
In our training, we place a special focus on practical relevance. Numerous internships, modern processes and the latest technologies available in our laboratories, as well as projects and work with industry, enable us to train graduates in the field of materials engineering at Hof University who are not only convincing in their specialist knowledge, but who can also meet the needs and challenges of industry. Furthermore, it is already possible to work on research projects during your studies, for example at the Institute for Biopolymers.
Typical occupational profiles for materials engineering graduates are activities in the field of materials and process development, quality management, processing/management of materials engineering projects, as well as materials consulting and customer support. This opens up a broad field of activity in all branches of industry: Examples include the automotive, chemical, medical and electronics industries, mechanical engineering, aerospace, quality assurance, environmental protection, science and research.
As a student, you have the opportunity to gain further language qualifications on a voluntary basis or to spend a semester abroad in order to be able to face the ongoing globalization. A dual study program with simultaneous vocational training as a process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology, industrial mechanic or materials tester is also possible.
The Master's program in Composite Materialsis offered as an alternative to direct career entry. It is suitable for the higher qualification of people who want to acquire in-depth specialist knowledge on the one hand and aspire to management positions on the other.