Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Technology

Starting group code

TRY19S1

Forms of study

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

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Lähdesmäki Pekka

Lähdesmäki Pekka

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Logistiikka, Logistics
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358504471230
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Description

The Degree Programme in Civil Engineering provides the student with the skills required in structural design roles in house-building or supervisory roles on construction sites. A construction industry specialist directs and designs elements related to construction, renovation and property.

After graduation, the student will have the degree and studies required for demanding design and supervisory duties (Ministry of the Environment guidelines on the difficulty classes of design tasks YM1/601/2015 and Ministry of the Environment guideline on the difficulty categories of building management tasks and qualifications of building managers YM4/601/2015).

Graduates from the degree programme work as construction site supervisors; site engineers; site managers; wood, steel or concrete construction or renovation designers; team leaders; project managers; entrepreneurs; in housing management and maintenance duties; and in a range of other duties related to buildings and construction.

Digitalisation currently plays a key role in construction activities. A newly graduated engineer will be capable of utilising computer-aided design in structural design and in site production planning and management. Building information modelling (BIM) also plays a key role in current construction activities.

Key learning outcomes

Engineers graduating from the Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering have extensive knowledge of and skills in the management of civil engineering design and building. They are capable of working in management, administrative and design positions in the field. Graduating engineers also possess good knowledge of the joint requirements of sustainable development and the built-up environment.

Specialists who complete the Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering, receiving the qualification title Engineer (BEng), have extensive knowledge of construction, including knowledge and skills ranging from structural design to production management. Graduating engineers have insight into the operational methods of the field and they know how to conduct themselves within the field.

The student understands the mathematical and scientific way of thinking based on logic, on which the vocational studies are built. In addition, the student has interactive skills, including communication, language and IT skills. The student also understands the most important concepts from the viewpoint of civil engineering in his/her field as well as key theoretical and professional information. The student can apply theoretical information to the key problems in his/her field and can function in goal-oriented projects. The student sees reporting skills as part of his/her professional skills.

Professional growth and know-how

Students on the Degree Programme in Civil Engineering normally only complete advanced studies in design or building production management. However, if their career choice is not yet clear, a student may also complete advanced studies in both.

Forms of study

Full-time studies follow a weekly schedule and include plenty of classroom and laboratory teaching. Additionally, the students are required to complete exercises and assignments independently (individually or in groups).

Working life cooperation and learning

During the studies, visits to companies in the construction industry will be arranged, and visiting lecturers from working life will be used as much as possible.

Students in the degree programme primarily spend all of their summer breaks working in the construction industry, and some of them also spend short periods working in companies. Towards the end of their studies, students can participate in R&D projects that are implemented as assignments for companies. In addition, transferable skills are acquired in guided practical training and a bachelor’s thesis that is always written for a company.

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

Career advancement is guaranteed when a graduating engineer has good basic civil engineering skills. Strong basic civil engineering skills and personal characteristics, a willingness to learn new things and the right attitude towards engineering/planning work will guarantee a chance of good career development in civil engineering duties. The same requirements apply to all production-oriented civil engineers, from site engineers to construction company directors. Civil engineers are also employed by public organisations: cities, municipalities and the state. Key prerequisites for success in all work tasks and career development are the knowledge of basic skills and the willingness to keep up-to-date in a changing world.

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).

JAMK offers master’s degree studies in construction engineering for construction engineers, and some of the students seek admission to pursue postgraduate studies at universities of technology (Master of Science in Technology). Both are second-cycle university degrees and confer the ability to work in exceptionally demanding projects. The duration of postgraduate studies is 2–4 years.

Planning

The learning objectives of the curriculum have been created in co-operation with the teachers of other universities of applied sciences providing civil engineer education. The basic studies and, for the main part the vocational studies, are similar throughout Finland, but the advanced studies differ, taking into account the special characteristics and needs of each economic area. An advisory committee consisting of representatives of local operators has specified the learning objectives to meet local needs.

The learning process planning has been mostly done by the teaching staff of the Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering, with the Education Officer bearing main responsibility.

Each teacher has been responsible for the implementation and mode of delivery of his/her course. The Head of Department has striven to coordinate the learning process and course contents to prevent overlap.

Planning participants:

  • Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering Staff
  • Advisory Board for the Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering

JAMK’s curricular work criteria for degree-awarding education are the starting point of the degree programme planning. The curriculum has been constructed as a co-operative process with construction industry employers and graduates of the degree programme. The viewpoints of these parties have been utilised in outlining the learning objectives and the competences produced by the degree. The viewpoints were mapped through advisory committee work and discussion events.

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