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 the Bachelor's Programme in Energy Technology at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. You will complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.
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 is developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Energy Technology at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from both LUT and HEBUT after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
The programme includes general, intermediate specialisation, minor, language and elective studies as well as a Bachelor's thesis at the end of the studies. You will complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.
After completing a Bachelor's degree in energy technology, you can continue your studies directly in the Master's programmes in energy technology at LUT: Energy Conversion, Nuclear Engineering, Sustainable Energy Systems or Energiatekniikan EnTeDI (in Finnish).
Studying in practice
During your studies, you will become acquainted with phenomena related to heat, heat transfer, liquid and gas flows, power plant technology and its safe operation, and environmentally friendly energy production and distribution systems. You will also become familiar with energy business.
You will be able to look at the use of different forms of energy in, for example, energy production, heating, transport and industry. You will learn to understand how much energy is produced, distributed and used and how emissions are generated and controlled. You will get a comprehensive overview of how energy resources are used.
Your studies will consist of theory lectures, calculation exercises, company visits, and projects conducted independently and in groups. Exercises and projects will prepare you to apply your knowledge and skills to practical work and take responsibility for professional tasks. They also support the development of your teamwork and presentation skills.
In addition to lectures and assignments, your studies will include a great deal of laboratory work: you will learn to measure and analyse temperatures, pressure, thermal conductivity and radiation, among other things, and apply them to energy production. At the same time, you will also practice your reporting skills.
The programme collaborates with the working world: it invites visiting lecturers and arranges projects together with companies in the area. The teaching staff also has strong practical knowledge related to industry.
Students from other degree programmes are often involved in projects and other assignments. Interdisciplinary studies increase interaction between different fields and encourage you to take different perspectives into account and find new types of solutions.
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.
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