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Energy and process engineering specialization

Specialization in energy and process engineering includes education in the fields of design and operation of process, power and thermal plants, as well as development and design of apparatus used in the energy industry.

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Process plants are facilities in which different “raw materials” are converted into value-added components. These facilities are present in a vast range of industries: food, chemical, petrol, pharmaceutical, etc. To increase the value of raw materials, they are subjected to different mechanical, thermal and chemical treatment. While the design and operation of complex chemical processes is a field of chemical engineering, the design, construction and operation of technical equipment used for the processes, are the tasks of mechanical engineers.

Energy and power plants are facilities in which energy is transformed from the primary form to some other form suitable for transport and/or direct utilization. Usually, power plants deliver energy to the consumers in the form of heat or electricity. Transformation of energy from its primary form into electricity is a complex process which includes multiple stages: the task of a mechanical engineer includes the stages of transformation from the primary form of energy (usually chemical energy stored in a type of fuel) to mechanical work (shaft of the gas/steam turbine).

Thermal engineering is the study of achieving and controlling temperature and humidity levels in a closed environment, regardless of the weather conditions. The most common category of thermal facilities are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) facilities. The task of a mechanical engineer is to design such facilities and equipment in compliance with the demands set by their purpose and architectural plans, having in mind energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization.

Specialization in energy and process engineering is based on common features encountered in the mentioned plants and facilities. The goal is to educate engineers who are ready to quickly respond to any problem and demand they might face in their future jobs.

During the undergraduate studies, students are trained for independent engineering work while also being introduced to fundamentals of process, energy and thermal engineering. Graduate students are awarded master of science degree in engineering for the knowledge and skills acquired for solving more complex engineering tasks using systematic scientific approach.

Along with fundamental mechanical engineering courses, process and energy curriculum is focused on expanding the knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, process dynamics, control and process measurements, and teaching specific knowledge of power machines, engines, compressors, thermal equipment, cooling systems, industrial steam boilers, pipelines and industrial dryers. Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of the properties and processing of fuels and working fluids, ecological impact and environment protection.

To prepare the students for real engineering tasks, as a part of obligatory courses they work on industrial design and project assignments, which are solved individually or in small teams, and the successful completion of the assignment carries a part of the final course mark. By choosing a group of elective courses during the studies, students can direct and expand their knowledge towards specific fields of energy, process and thermal engineering. The individual choice of elective courses enables expanding and enriching the knowledge on the basis of personal interest and affinities or, perhaps, based on the specific needs of the sponsoring company.

The targeted employers of process and energy engineers are, most of all, design, production and consulting companies and offices which cooperate with process, energy or thermal plants and facilities. However, process and energy engineers are also needed at any place where rational production and efficient energy consumption present a challenging effort.

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