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Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Technology

Starting group code

TSA19S1 (full-time studies)
TSA19SM (part-time studies)

Forms of study

Full-time and part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies

Individual courses (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)

Intended competence

Contact information

Hukari Sirpa

Hukari Sirpa

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Teollisuustekniikka, Industrial Engineering
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358407167526

Description

Industry, housing, agriculture, construction and services all consume electricity. Different sources of energy are needed to produce electricity, such as nuclear power, hydropower, peat, oil, biomass, natural gas, wind and waste. In order to be able to respond to the climate challenges facing our planet and secure future energy resources, we must be able to limit and control consumption. At the same time, more environmentally friendly ways to produce and consume energy must be developed and introduced. However, because in the future electricity will be needed to run society and industry to produce the goods we need, different new technical solutions will be necessary. Smart grids, decentralised energy production, energy efficient solutions and the increase of electric drives in e.g. traffic are the future.

Automation is used to automatically control the production lines of various products, industrial facilities, services technology, transport equipment/vehicles and working machines. Robots and computer vision help us to perform monotonous tasks or tasks where the precision of the human hand and eye is no longer enough. Automation is also needed to control the consumption and production of electrical systems. The future of the industry is full of opportunities created by new technologies.

The Degree Program in Electrical and Automation Engineering provides students with the skills needed to apply the aforementioned technologies in practice. The basis of the competence is mastery of the basics of mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and information technology. Professional expertise in electrical and automation engineering is built on top of this. Students will be able to choose the direction of their studies from either of these two options.

A large part of professional studies are implemented in practical laboratory work and projects that develop the students' group work skills and communication abilities. Versatile laboratory and learning environments have been developed to meet the needs of working life, and they offer good opportunities for a variety of exercises under safe conditions. In addition to practical work, the studies include theoretical studies that support the student’s development as a professional in their field. Students are encouraged to engage in innovation activities, and the development of their own development approach is supported.

Key learning outcomes

The students' competence profile is determined by their Personal Learning Plan.

Students in the degree programme can apply the basic laws of mathematics and physics to solving problems in their own field. They are able to utilise ICT technology in their daily work. They have good basic skills in electrical engineering.

Students focused on automation technology are able to design automation solutions utilized in buildings, production lines, processes and companies' products, measurements, automated controls, and user interface. They are familiar with the different levels of automation implementations in an industrial facility and the key sub-processes of industry. They can design and implement control systems and evaluate different options for control and adjustment solutions.

Students focused on electrical engineering can implement electrical design at industrial sites and buildings as well as distribution networks. They are familiar with the operating principles of the most common electrical machines and equipment. The students have mastered the calculation and dimensioning methods used in design and the use of design tools. They can apply the standards used in design and implement the documentation in accordance with them. They also understand the importance of the electrical safety regulations and standards and are able to apply them in their tasks.

The students have good capabilities for continuous professional development, diverse communications and information retrieval. They have adopted an entrepreneurial and innovative approach, and are capable of working as entrepreneurs. They can also work in an international work environment.

Professional growth and know-how

The structure of the Personal Learning Plan and the timing of courses are different in full-time and part-time studies.

Early on in their studies, all students will prepare a Personal Learning Plan under the guidance of a teacher tutor, including the planned courses and their completion times.

Forms of study

The full-time studies follow a weekly schedule and include plenty of classroom and laboratory teaching. In addition to this, the students have exercises and assignments to be completed independently (individually or in groups).

In order to participate in part-time studies, the students must be capable of operating in digital learning environments. The part-time studies flexibly combine self-learning, remote learning and classroom learning in order to reduce the dependence on the place and time. Such studies require more self-direction from the students. Part-time studies will suit you if you have previous experience in the field or if you want more flexibility due to your life situation regarding the time or place of completing your studies.

Working life cooperation and learning

Electrical and automation engineering is a rapidly developing field. New software, systems and devices are coming onto the market on a constant basis. This development is also taken into account in the planning of learning objectives for the degree programme. The learning environments and laboratory equipment are also upgraded on a constant basis in response to these needs.

Working life-orientation is apparent to students throughout their studies. As their first project assignment, the students will have an opportunity to visit companies in the electrical and automation engineering sector, i.e. their potential future workplaces. Later on, the students will be provided with project courses that address assignments received from companies. Visiting lecturers invited from companies will provide the students with the latest knowledge in the sector. The exercises and laboratory assignments in professional subjects are as consistent as possible with authentic working life duties.

The studies include practical training worth 30 ECTS credits that is completed in roles relevant to the student’s field of study. This gives the student a good idea of the roles that will await a newly graduated engineer. A bachelor’s thesis worth 15 ECTS credits is completed towards the end of studies. The majority of bachelor’s thesis topics are various kinds of development assignments for companies. They are often completed at the companies’ facilities.

The Development as an Expert course supports the student’s professional development. During the course, the students will practice identifying their competences and their job-seeking skills, among other things.

The identification, assessment and recognition as ICTS credits of the competence produced by the studification of work (working during studies) is also possible. This is often best suited to part-time students who work in roles in their own field during their studies.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

Graduation

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Professional profiles of graduates

Experts in electrical and automation engineering find employment with relative ease. Graduates from the degree programme may find a job at an industrial production plant, for example, or a machine shop, equipment supplier, power plant, utility company, design agency or educational institution. The work duties often involve design projects of various kinds, but they can also be in the fields of management and administration, sales and marketing, technical purchasing, customer service, training and consulting. Work is often done in international projects, at first as a member of a project team, and after gaining sufficient experience, as a project team leader or an entrepreneur. The work involves a great deal of teamwork, meetings and often also travel. In the future, work will also be carried out to an increasing extent in transdisciplinary teams.

Experts in automation systems are needed in e.g. the control and monitoring of industrial processes. The use of control systems also in buildings is increasing continuously. Work tasks of an automation engineer include, among other things, the procurement, specification and design of systems and equipment, product development, programming as well as operation and maintenance tasks.

Experts in electrical systems and equipment as well as different kinds of measurement systems are needed both now and in the future. Electrical engineering is required in distribution networks, industrial environments or buildings, among other things. An electrical engineer must be familiar with various electrical components and devices (motors, transformers). Competence in electrical safety and standards is necessary. Work tasks of an electrical engineer include electrical design, product development, operation and maintenance tasks, research and supervision as well as managing the operations, among other things.

Important skills include problem solving skills, cooperation skills, customer service orientation and language skills. Following development of the field and adopting new technology is necessary.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

Planning

The aim of the degree programme in Electrical and Automation Engineering is to produce bachelor's engineers that meet the needs of trade and industry. With that in mind, the competence targets of the degree programme have been determined based on the current and future needs of trade and industry, with the help of corporate employees, industry experts and public studies on future trends. The boss of the team workers is, together with the Programme Coordinator, responsible for resource management and monitoring the progress of the planning process for the competence targets of the degree programme.

The learning objectives are prepared by a team of specialists in the Electrical and Automation Engineering degree programme. The work utilises the EUR-ACE criteria and nationally agreed field-specific criteria. The members of the team negotiate with representatives of trade and industry in their respective fields on competence needs in the labour market.

The learning objectives are divided into competence areas and subordinate qualifications, and incorporated into the degree programme structure in the form of various courses. The objectives are reviewed by an advisory board consisting of representatives of trade and industry, student members, as well as the members of the team in the Electrical and Automation Engineering degree programme.

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