The Chemical Engineer – Engineer in Materials Science is THE specialist of MATTER in the broadest sense of the term. He/she studies the physical and chemical transformations of matter (mechanical manufacturing, phase changes, chemical, electrochemical and biochemical reactions, etc.) as well as the associated exchanges of energy with the objective of dimensioning industrial installations. One of his/her main missions is thus the conception and the management of chemical industry processes. Moreover, thanks to his/her in-depth knowledge of the structure of matter and the links between this structure and the properties of materials, he/she plays a crucial role in the development of new products in a wide range of industrial sectors.
As a user of natural resources (raw materials, energy sources), the Chemical Engineer – Engineer in Materials Science will pay considerable attention to the conservation of these resources and the ecosystems. His/her knowledge will allow him/her to find technological solutions for environmental problems and to register our economic and social model in a logic of sustainable development. Economic constraints, quality and safety management are also part of his/her professional concerns.
The specific training in Chemical and Materials Science starts in the course of the 3rd year of studies, leading to the Bachelor’s degree. The Master’s curriculum provides thorough instruction in engineering applied to the Chemical/Materials fields. The students may choose between two focuses: Chemical Processes or Materials Engineering. Theory is put into practice through a variety of personal assignments: internship, design project work and a Master thesis.
Numerous contacts with the industrial world and with Faculty clusters in Materials Science, Energy and Risk allow students to experience the reality of industry in Belgium and abroad. Besides, over the years, many student exchanges have taken place via the "ERASMUS-SOCRATES" program (Ecole Centrale Marseille (France), Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Spain), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Izmir Yuksek Teknoloji Enstitusu (Izmir Institute of Technology) (Turkey)) and the “TIME” program (Technische Universität Wien (Austria)).
By the end of their programme in Engineering Sciences, the master graduates will be able to:
By the end of this specific course programme, the students will be able to:
For the focus on Materials Engineering, - Manage the production of metallic, ceramic, plastic materials and develop new products (biomaterials, nanotechnology, etc).
For the focus on Chemical Processes, - Design and operate chemical or biochemical plants and develop new chemical specialties.
Basic chemicals, specialty chemicals and materials industries are important suppliers of jobs for Chemical Engineers – Engineers in Materials Science. Their skills allow them to take on responsibilities in all stages of product development, from the design to the launch on the market, including, particularly, Research and Development as well as the management of production units.
It is therefore only natural to find Chemical Engineers – Engineers in Materials Science from UMons Faculty of Engineering in all parts of the world, applying their skills in fields as various as the petrochemical industry, foundries, powder metallurgy, the glass industry, the ceramic industry, consulting firms or even, far from chemistry and materials science, in the sectors of electricity production or computer science. Moreover, Chemical Engineers – Engineers in Materials Science are in increasing demand in fast-developing cutting-edge sectors such as biotechnology, the pharmaceutical sector, new materials and composites or nanotechnology. The Chemical Engineer – Engineer in Materials Science often works as production and design engineer, but may also be in charge of control and research laboratories, safety, quality and environmental management.
The Master’s degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering can lead to postgraduate studies in order to specialize, do further training or research:
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