There are roughly three scenarios for the development of future energy solutions: renewable energy sources (hydro, solar, wind, wave and bioenergy), safe nuclear power, and carbon capture and use. These represent the core of energy engineering. By studying energy technology, you will build a career in pioneering technologies. Energy technology is suitable for those interested in technology who want to utilise mathematics and natural sciences as tools.
This programme focuses on the most efficient, environmentally friendly production and distribution of a basic element in our daily well-being: energy and its related technologies.
The main themes of the studies are the efficient production and use of energy and environmental friendliness. Your training will be based on three key areas of expertise in energy technology: physical phenomena related to energy technology, such as policies that affect the shape and magnitude of energy; energy conversion from one form to another; and machinery and equipment for energy conversion.
At LUT University, energy technology research and training are based on strong expertise in power plant technology and energy management. We also offer unique nuclear engineering training with a focus on nuclear safety. The emphases of our degree programme have been selected on the basis of the skills required in the working world.
The Bachelor's Programme in Energy Technology is a unique, international double degree programme developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to this bachelor's programme will receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. Students complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.
Note: Those holding Chinese citizenship are subject to regulations set by Chinese Ministry of Education and must directly apply to HEBUT in order to get double degree. Non-Chinese speaking students must pass a language test during their studies at LUT to receive a degree from Hebei University of Technology. The language test assesses takers' abilities in the application of everyday Chinese (Mandarin). Test contains listening and reading comprehension and writing sections. Students who have passed the language test can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic, and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programme is accredited by international EUR-ACE® and ASIIN standards for high quality degree programmes in engineering.
What will you learn in the programme?
In your studies, you will become familiar with the production, transmission, distribution and use of energy. You will get comprehensive basic information about energy production methods, such as solar, wind and thermal technologies, as well as their operation and safety.
Your education will combine technology and science – mathematics, physics and chemistry. You will learn to master the techniques associated with energy production and apply them to problem solving. You will learn to convert natural energy resources such as water, wind or biomass into sustainable energy for human consumption as efficiently as possible.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to apply basic equations of thermal engineering in the examination of energy conversion processes and describe the structure and operation of energy technology equipment (boilers, turbines, compressors, fans, heat exchangers).
The main programme's themes are energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. In the transition to fully renewable energy production, nuclear power and, above all, nuclear safety will play an important role. Studies in nuclear safety in Finland are only available at LUT University.
Degree structure and studies
The Bachelor's Programme in Energy Technology is a three-year double degree programme. The programme leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, B.Sc. (Tech.), which is 180 ECTS credits.
The programme includes general, intermediate specialisation, minor, language and elective studies as well as a Bachelor's thesis at the end of the studies. Read more in this academic year’s curriculum.
After completing a bachelor's degree in energy technology, you can continue your studies in one of LUT’s master's programmes in energy technology: Energy Conversion, Nuclear Engineering or Sustainable Energy Systems. You can also apply separately to the Finnish-language master's programme Energiatekniikan EnTeDI.
Quality of education
The high quality of education is one of the most important principles on which we will not compromise. International programme accreditations ensure the continuous development of our education and the international recognition of the degrees of our graduates. LUT University was one of the world’s top 300 universities in the autumn 2023 THE World University Rankings, which is one of the most highly regarded university ranking systems.
The systematic quality assurance procedures that we have developed over a long period guarantee the high quality of our degree programmes and the strong competence of our graduates in the future labour market. The underpinning elements of our education quality are the contents of our degree programmes, which are based on innovations of scientific research and the needs of the working world, and active student–teacher interaction. We evaluate the quality of our education through several follow-up procedures and feedback channels (e.g., course feedback, graduate feedback, alumni feedback, thesis commissioners’ feedback).
Graduate engineers in energy technology are needed for well-paid jobs to take care of safe, economical and low-emission energy production.
Energy is always needed, whether it is a recession or a boom, so there is a need for experts in the field now and in the future.
Extensive knowledge of the energy industry is a trademark of LUT University graduate engineers. They are mainly employed in development, operation and management positions in the energy industry and production and in research and consulting positions.
Work tasks are often related to energy economics, the environmental impact of energy production, emission mitigation, renewable energy sources, the construction and safety of nuclear energy, and the operation and control of power plants.
Master's graduates from energy technology have gone on to become:
- research and development engineers
- senior design engineers
- export managers for energy technology manufacturers
- reactor engineers at nuclear power plants
- nuclear safety specialists
- biomass boiler sales directors
- technical planners for wind farms
- energy sector consultants
- energy production specialists for industry and the government.