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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.

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.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Study Materials and Process Engineering in these qualifications

Study Materials and Process Engineering as a specialisation of

Career opportunities

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

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: CHEMY102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN110, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB223, ENGCB224, ENGCB280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGME221, ENGMP211 and ENGMP213.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGMP214, ENGCB324, ENGCB380, ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEN371, ENGMP311 and ENGMP313.

Plus 15 points of electives from: CHEMY201, CHEMY202, ENGCB321, ENGCB322, ENGCB323, ENGCV323, ENGEN390 or ENGEV341.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB581, ENGEN570, ENGEN582 and ENGMP512.

Plus 30 points of electives (with no more than one 300 level paper) from: ENGCB321, ENGCB322, ENGCB323, ENGCV323, ENGEV341, ENGCB521, ENGCB523, ENGEN585, ENGEV541, ENGEV542, ENGME585, ENGME586, ENGMP511 or ENGMP513.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity15.022B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
ENGEN101Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Maths and Modelling 1B15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as the MATLAB language. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Application of freebody diagrams and equations of equilibrium to calculate internal and external forces and moments on/in structures and mechanisms. Kinetics and kinematics of particles. Geometric properties of areas.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry15.022B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
ENGCB223Fluid Mechanics15.022B (Hamilton)
This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid statics, fluid dynamics, Bernoulli and energy equations, momentum analysis of flow structures, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, internal flow in pipes and ducts, external flow over streamlined and bluffed bodies, pump sizing and selection, and a...
ENGCB224Heat and Mass Transfer15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer analysis, including conduction, heat convection, radiation, molecular diffusion and mass convection. Finned surfaces and heat exchangers are also covered.
ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 115.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers mass balances around reactors and separation processes used by engineers in process design, CAD tools for process flow diagrams, pipe and instrumentation diagrams, and simple batch and continuous process modelling using software tools.
ENGEN201Engineering Maths and Modelling 215.022A (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.022X (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.022X (Hamilton)
First work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, including thermodynamics properties of substances, first and second law analysis, power cycles, refrigeration cycles and simple combustion analysis of engines.
ENGMP211Materials 115.022A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide a foundation for understanding the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
ENGMP213Mechanics of Materials 115.022A (Hamilton)
Analysis of skeletal structural members, supports and connections subject to single and combined loading. Calculation of displacements (translations or rotations) and stresses both normal (direct) and shear stresses, in bars, beams and shafts and bearing stress. Use of Mohr's circle for stress transformation and its use in failure ...
ENGMP214Materials Manufacturing Processes15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper gives an understanding of fundamental principles and relationships between manufacturing processes and component microstructure and properties. Knowledge of metrology and non-destructive testing in modern manufacturing is also introduced.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGCB321Thermal Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
Application of engineering thermodynamics to steady and unsteady industrial processes, including, steam boiler systems, advanced power and refrigeration cycles, cooling towers and plant utility systems
ENGCB322Chemical and Biological Operations15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principle and application of enzymes, concepts of fermentation technology, principles of bioreactor operation, bioprocess variables and their measurement, key product separation techniques, and bioprocess economics.
ENGCB323Chemical Reaction Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper is an introduction to the quantitative treatment of chemical and biological reaction and reactor engineering, including homogeneous and heterogeneous reacting systems.
ENGCB324Mass Transfer Operations15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the application of heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics to chemical and physical separation process.
ENGCB380Process Engineering Design 215.022B (Hamilton)
Conceptual and detailed design, costing and economic assessment of chemical, biological and materials process plants, including software and numerical simulation, separation trains, heat exchanger and pump sizing, and reactor kinetics.
ENGCV323Water Engineering 215.022A (Hamilton)
Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...
ENGEN301Engineering Maths and Modelling 315.022A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.022X (Hamilton)
Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.022X (Hamilton)
Second work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 115.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 215.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 215.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.
ENGMP311Materials 215.022B (Hamilton)
It will develop understanding of the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
ENGMP313Mechanics of Materials 215.022B (Hamilton)
Advanced level knowledge on mechanics and performance of materials, covering stress and strain transformations, failure criteria, unsymmetrical bending, torsion of non-circular sections, fatigue, materials selection and materials testing.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGCB521Advanced Process Control15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of process control, and introduces advanced process control strategies.
ENGCB523Advanced Energy Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
Application of engineering thermodynamics, process integration and pinch analysis to energy systems including renewable energy systems and energy storage, small and large industrial utility systems with and without cogeneration, distributed and smart energy systems, and green buildings.
ENGCB581Advanced Process Engineering Design15.022A (Hamilton)
Design teams will design a processing plant to meet the specifications of a design brief including mass and energy balances, economic evaluation and detailed design of nominated equipment.
ENGEN508Master's Capstone Project60.022X (Hamilton)
This paper requires students to carry out a theoretical or empirical investigation in a relevant subject/engineering discipline and write a report on the findings of the investigation.
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.022D (Hamilton)
The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project45.022X (Hamilton)
This paper provides the "capstone" project required to complete an accredited engineering degree. The paper builds on the knowledge and skills students have gained in the first three years of their professional engineering degree and reinforces the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering. Students will learn how to carry out a Res...
ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 315.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN584Special Topics in Engineering 415.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN585Special Topics in Engineering 515.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN586Special Topics in Engineering 615.022X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN587Directed Study 130.022X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEN588Directed Study 230.022X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEV541Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering15.022A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of design and operation of unit processes in water and waste water treatment, and process modelling and simulation tools such as Sumo19 and Superpro Designer.
ENGEV542Waste Minimisation Engineering15.022A (Hamilton)
Design of processes for the handling, recycling, reuse, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial solid wastes including treatment plant sludges, assessment and modeling of gaseous emissions, odour, particulates, and air pollution control systems.
ENGME585Industrial Technology and Innovation 115.022A (Hamilton)
Using Project Based Learning, this paper will furnish the student with an understanding of the innovation and product development process. It will explain the different levels of innovation, innovation techniques, how to screen ideas, the types of Intellectual Property and how to write a basic Business Plan. For the product develop...
ENGME586Industrial Technology and Innovation 215.022B (Hamilton)
ENGME585 with ENGME586 are interdisciplinary courses to help students understand what is involved in technology innovation and management through readings, assignments and discussion sessions. It is designed to be interactive and will draw upon students' experiences derived from industrial placements and/or involvement with a techn...
ENGMP506Materials and Process Systems Analysis30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
This paper covers mass and heat transfer, thermodynamics, materials (including metal, polymer and composites) processing and the relationship between microstructure and properties, and bioprocessing and transformation.
ENGMP512Advanced Materials Manufacture15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with advanced materials science knowledge and principles underlying materials engineering. It focuses on the relationships between processing conditions and microstructures of materials and major materials processing technologies.
ENGMP513Materials Performance in Service15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of the mechanical behaviour of materials and mechanical metallurgy including fracture mechanics, plasticity, fatigue, and creep behaviour.
ENGMP516Materials Characterisation15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the basic theory and use of advanced analytical techniques used in materials characterization using optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential thermal analysis (DTA).

Entry into the BE(Hons) in the specified programme of Materials and Process Engineering will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain at least 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Chemistry and 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.

All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and pathways are available


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For students who are enrolled full-time in their 3rd or 4th year (including honours year) in the field of science, engineering, economics, law or other related fields, with a specific interest in energy matters in New Zealand.

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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  Work-Integrated Learning team actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and supporting you throughout your work experience.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take with you as you start your career.


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