The changes in technology concern the whole transportation system – road transportation, off-road machines, marine vessels and aviation.
Electrification can take place both directly and indirectly. Electrical drives, batteries, charging systems, smart grids and related automation and information systems are essential technologies in the direct electrification of new electric transportation systems. Most road transportation vehicles and short shipping vessels can be electrified directly. Indirect electrification is needed e.g. for long-distance shipping, aviation and heavy road transportation.
This programme gives an overview of the technology and business in electric transportation systems. It also focuses on key technologies and skills related to electric transportation, such as electro-mechanical drive trains, power electronics, battery technology and related information technology. Also indirect electrification methods and e-fuel technologies are considered, and environmental impacts of different technology solutions are analysed.
Graduates receive a Master's degree in electrical engineering with a specific focus on electric transportation systems. With the expertise from this programme, graduates will be able to work in various expert positions related to the electric transportation sector.
The Master's Programme in Electrical Transportation Systems suits applicants with a BSc degree in electrical engineering and those already in full-time work because it mainly utilises blended and hybrid teaching. Contact teaching will be mainly arranged on the Lahti campus on individual days at the end of the week. Laboratory work will be organised in Lappeenranta during a few contact days.
Upon completion of the Master's Programme in Electric Transportation Systems, you will have a profound understanding about electrical transportation systems as a whole and be able to apply appropriate technology solutions in the technological development of future transportation systems.
Additionally, you will be able to describe information technologies related to transportation systems and apply them to, for example, the development of flexible charging systems.
As a graduate from the this programme, you will be capable of independent scientific work, searching for information, and analytical problem solving. You will be able to work in teams and organise, carry out and lead projects, and will have the required communication skills for your job.
You will be aware of the ethical aspects of the field and its effects on society, and be capable of critically assessing the future prospects of the field. You will be able to apply your knowledge in jobs related to product development, research and marketing as well as the management of these areas.
The programme also prepares students for postgraduate studies.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Electric Transportation Systems 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, advanced specialisation, minor and elective studies as well as a Master's thesis.
As a graduate of the Master's Programme in Electric Transportation Systems, you may find employment in industry, public transport companies, energy companies, or municipal or governmental organisations.
Master's graduates from electrical engineering have gone on to become project managers, product development managers, development directors, senior design engineers, research and development engineers, product developers or specialists.
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