Competence field 1: Competences in one/more scientific discipline(s)
Competence field 2: Scientific competences
- Master and apply advanced knowledge in the own engineering discipline in solving complex problems.
- Apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and advanced communication instruments in a creative and purposeful way.
- Apply advanced knowledge of basic sciences (physics, chemistry and mechanics), using an analytical way of thinking.
- Advanced knowledge of characteristics and application fields of materials in order to obtain products with specific properties.
- Advanced knowledge of and practical experience with the use of techniques and methods to investigate the characteristics of materials.
- Advanced knowledge of materials science, ability to use general and physical chemistry in an innovative way.
- Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge of the use of chemical, mechanical and thermal process-technological aspects of materials engineering.
- Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Use advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics to develop mathematical models for materials phenomena (especially metals and their alloys) and for metallurgical processes.
- Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge and utilisation of the interactions between the chemical composition of materials (metals, alloys, polymers) and their production parameters in order to obtain products with optimal properties.
- Specifically for major 'Metal Science and Engineering': Advanced knowledge of the processes available for recycling of materials.
- Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of fibrous materials.
- Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of chemical and mechanical process technological aspects of materials engineering.
- Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Use advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics to develop mathematical models for materials phenomena (in fibrous materials and polymers) and for textile-technological processes.
- Specifically for major 'Polymers and Fibre Structures': Advanced knowledge of the use of and the interactions between the selection of raw materials and the process-parameters, keeping in mind the properties of fibrous materials and polymers with specific functionalities.
Competence field 3: Intellectual competences
- Analyse complex problems and formulate them into concrete research questions.
- Consult the scientific literature as part of the own research.
- Select and apply the appropriate models, methods and techniques.
- Develop and validate mathematical models and methods.
- Interpret research findings in an objective and critical manner.
- Autonomously and flexibly study in depth complex, multidisciplinary problems in material science, also in case of limited data inputs.
- Design experimental procedures and make use of self-developed models.
- Perform scientific research in the field of metallurgy, keeping in mind its industrial relevance.
Competence field 4: Competences in cooperation and communication
- Independently form an opinion complex situations and problems, and defend this point of view.
- Apply knowledge in a creative, purposeful and innovative way to research, conceptual design and production.
- Critically reflect on one’s own way of thinking and acting, and understand the limits of one’s competences.
- Stay up‐to‐date with the evolutions in the discipline to elevate the own competences to expert level.
- Readily adapt to changing professional circumstances.
- Think in a systematic, scientific way that avoids and solves problems to optimise production processes, to develop new materials and to improve existing ones.
- Show technical creativity and use relevant knowledge from other disciplines.
Competence field 5: Societal competences
- Have the ability to communicate in English about the own field of specialisation.
- Project management: have the ability to formulate objectives, report efficiently, keep track of targets, progress of the project,...
- Have the ability to work as a member of a team in a multi‐disciplinary working‐environment, as well as being capable of taking on supervisory responsibilities.
- Report on technical or scientific subjects verbally, in writing and using graphics.
- Be integrated in research activities of a department.
- Work in an international group (students, PhD-students and researchers).
Competence field 6: Profession-specific competence
- Act in an ethical, professional and social way.
- Recognize the most important business and legal aspects of the own engineering discipline.
- Understand the historical evolution of the own engineering discipline and its social relevance.
- Put research and development in a societal context, taking into account ethical considerations.
- Master the complexity of technical systems by using system and process models.
- Reconcile conflicting specifications and prior conditions in a high‐quality and innovative concept or process.
- Synthesize incomplete, contradictory or redundant data into useful information.
- Possess sufficient ready knowledge and understanding to evaluate the results of complex calculations, or make approximate estimates.
- Pay attention to entire life cycles of systems, machines, and processes.
- Pay attention to energy‐efficiency, environmental cost, use of raw materials and labour costs.
- Pay attention to all aspects of reliability, safety, and ergonomics.
- Have insight into and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship.
- Show perseverance, innovativeness, and an aptitude for creating added value.