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Materials and Process Engineering

By studying Materials and Process Engineering at the University of Waikato, you will learn how to add value to raw materials used to manufacture a number of useful products, while minimising waste.  These products can be as varied as dietary formulae, foods, ceramics that can withstand high temperatures, new metal alloys, pharmaceuticals, laminated boards, functional proteins, and composites.

Rene Engelbrecht

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
For engineering graduate Rene Engelbrecht, her first year out of university has been a busy and exciting one.


Victoria McCullough

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Victoria McCullough chose engineering because she wanted to study towards a career that was both academic and practical.


Ollie van Woerden

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Researching the complexities of turning bloodmeal into bioplastic, alongside top engineering academics, has been the task for materials and process engineering student Ollie van Woerden.


Timothy Walmsley

PhD
A PhD focused on increasing the energy efficiency of milk powder production has led University of Waikato engineering graduate Tim Walmsley to a full-time job with the very research group within which he worked as a PhD candidate.


Materials and Process Engineering

At the University of Waikato you will have the opportunity to explore the key, over-lapping disciplines of materials engineering and process engineering.

Materials engineers make critical decisions in selecting and developing the best materials for a particular purpose. As a materials engineer you could work on a number of diverse projects, including understanding the properties and uses of wood and steel, designing and constructing new filters for sewage treatment, and providing new materials for the energy industry.

Process engineers make critical decisions in the processes and utilities required to manufacture a product. As a process engineer you could work on converting trees into paper and fibre board, iron sand into steel, effluent into drinkable water and producing solar panels for electricity generation.

An important part of the Materials and Process Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while exploring first-hand the field of Materials and Process Engineering you could choose for your career.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show. There is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.

At Waikato the Materials and Process Engineering programme is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised and you can work just about anywhere in the world.

Facilities

Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

 Career opportunities

  • Energy Efficiency Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Materials Engineer (plastics, composites, metallurgy)
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Products/process Development Engineer

Qualifications

Study Materials and Process Engineering in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Chemical ReactivityCHEMY10215.0 Points
Engineering ComputingENGEN10315.0 Points
Engineering MechanicsENGEN11015.0 Points
Materials Science and EngineeringENGEN11215.0 Points
Engineering and SocietyENGEN17015.0 Points
Foundations of EngineeringENGEN18015.0 Points
Linear Algebra and Statistics for EngineersENGEN18315.0 Points
Calculus for EngineersENGEN18415.0 Points

Year 2

Fluid MechanicsENGCB22315.0 Points
Heat and Mass TransferENGCB22415.0 Points
Process Engineering Design 1ENGCB28015.0 Points
Engineering Mathematics 2ENGEN20115.0 Points
Engineering Professional Practice 1ENGEN27015.0 Points
Industry Placement 1ENGEN2710.0 Points
Engineering ThermodynamicsENGME22115.0 Points
Materials 1ENGMP21115.0 Points
Mechanics of Materials 1ENGMP21315.0 Points

Year 3

Year 4

Students must take the following papers and a further 10 points at 200 level or above.

Work placements are a major feature of the Materials and Process Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

DairyNZ Masters Scholarship

For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.

Closing Date: 2016-08-08 23:59:00

Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are enrolled full-time at any level (and including) first and honours year of relevant degree and are undertaking study in the fields of science, economics, or engineering and related fields with specific interests in energy matters. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-31 23:59:00

Engineering Admission Fees Scholarship

For students who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours) degree in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato and are currently completing the final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email:
science@waikato.ac.nz
Website:
sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook:
facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering