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Overview

Overview

Isn't it frightening to think if we didn't have any more raw materials we couldn't produce smartphones and without energy we couldn't charge them? We would literally lose contact with the outside world.

To maintain our accustomed standard of living, our resource requirements must continue to be met and sockets must still provide electricity. At the same time, however, the environment cannot continue to be damaged as it has been. We need innovative strategies for energy and raw material supply – a task with great responsibility and excitement for future engineers! The course of study focuses on the sustainable supply of sufficient energy sources and sustainably obtaining and using the necessary raw materials

In order to meet humanity's need for raw materials longterm, methods for finding and mining these so called primary resources must be improved. However, even if technology is improved, raw materials cannot be infinitely mined. Resources are limited. Thus, the importance of promoting technologies to recover raw materials is even greater. Recycling plays a key role in this effort as secondary raw materials can be used to produce new products.

A single suitable raw material stands at the center of energy supply. Fossil fuels, which have a bad reputation, play just as important of a role as renewable energies. Coal, gas, and oil on one side and biofuel, sun, wind, and water on the other – they all contribute to a basic supply. The impending withdrawal of nuclear energy from our energy supply means a good mix of consistently available resources and intermittent energy sources is needed.

Students complete courses forming the foundation of the course of study, and can then choose from three specializations beginning in the third semester. This allows them to pursue their interests and expand their technical skills:

  • Mining
  • Recycling
  • Energy

In addition to the courses available in the specializations, students can choose from a broad selection of courses in the elective modules, which further allows them to fine tune their own individual focus.

Programme Structure

Aside from subjects focusing on theory, practical courses are also offered which provide an important look and experience in professional practice. The practical component includes a 40-day internship at a German company but is not restricted to the German market. The curriculum is supplemented with exciting research excursions to, for example, Australia, Canada, and Brazil.

Curriculum Structure

Fundamental courses

Mathematics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Heat Engineering, Business Administration, Law, Simulation Technology

Concentrations

Mining:
Geology
Mineralogy
Raw Material Economy
Energy Resources
Mine Surveying
Raw Material Extraction
Recycling:
Geology
Mineralogy
Raw Materials & Recycling
Energy Resources
Emission Reduction
Thermal Waste Treatment
Energy:
Energy Resources
Energy Engineering
Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Experimental Design
Process Engineering
Electives
Bachelor's thesis, 40-day internship

Entry Requirement

 

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Engineers with comprehensive skills and practical experience in the field of raw materials and energy engineering are highly sought after in the wake of the arising energy transition and resource scarcity. Engineers with interdisciplinary skills and the ability to look at the system holistically are particularly attractive to employers. Graduates are able to find employment not only in Germany but around the world in these fields.

Due to their comprehensive technical education RWTH graduates can find very good entry-level positions particularly in the mineral resource extraction and production industry; recycling; and energy production, distribution, and consulting. Smaller engineering offices and operations can be attractive employers aside from larger operations. Graduates can also find employment in administration and the policy sector at the municipal, state, and federal levels


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