The Advanced Master is the ideal stepping-stone to a high-level job in the field of welding and joining technology. In many countries, there is a permanent and growing demand for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at an academic level in the field of welding engineering.
The programme is indispensable (and obligatory) for engineers seeking to work as Responsible Welding Coordinators. Engineers interested in R&D, quality, design, production, maintenance and particularly welding metallurgy will also find the programme instructive.
4 Clusters in the programme:
Upon successful completion of the entire programme (60 ECTS), you will be awarded the degree of MSc in Welding Engineering.
Upon successful completion of the course (40 ECTS), you gain access to the International Institute of Welding oral examination. A passing score results in IIW accreditation as a certified International Welding Engineer (IWE) and European Welding Engineer (EWE).
The green KU Leuven Technology Campus De Nayer, near Mechelen, is certified as an Authorised Training Body for International Welding Engineering by the Belgian Welding Association (BVL), which represents the International Institute of Welding (IIW).
This advanced master's programme strives to offer students a complete training in the professional niche of Welding Engineering. The programme has the following goals:
To this end, students must acquire sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities in order to:
This programme opens up a wide spectrum of professional possibilities and exposes you to an extremely varied field of action: petrochemistry, the aviation and aero-space industry, civil construction, assembly plants, the nuclear sector, shipping and logistics, general construction, and more. As a welding engineer, you will carry out a wide range of duties, including research, design, production, maintenance, sales and quality inspection.
Our graduates find employment in local SMEs, large multinational industrial companies as well as private and public organisations at home and abroad. There is a real need for experts with the capability to conduct research, carry out quality control analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of welding. Some graduates start a career as independent consultants.
The welding sector is constantly undergoing major changes, providing significant technological challenges and offering excellent career prospects for well-qualified engineers. The role of the welding engineer is crucial in developing efficient technologies that can help protect the environment while contributing to competitiveness and economic growth.
The course has been developed to provide those with a welding-related background an in-depth technical understanding of advanced metallurgy and welding topics, together with generic skills that will allow them to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities.
The course is particularly suitable for people with a background in:
Students will undertake 10 study modules and a final year project.
MSc students take on an individual project which allows study of a specific selected topic in depth. This will effectively use the knowledge gained in the course modules.
The theme of the topic can be industry related, perhaps to your own company. It can also be aligned to some welding research at Strathclyde.
This particular part of the course can be a source of unleashing hidden talent within individuals and demonstrate a desire to succeed in their project. This is where some of the research techniques detailed within the course can be applied.
Suitable guidance will be given on project design, but it is stressed it will be the student’s own work and the guidance given by the tutor will be optional.
Assessment is on the basis of a series of module assignments which come at the end of each module. The student will normally have up to three weeks to submit the assignment at the end of the coursework. This extended time is to allow students to research the topic and show definitive evidence of that.
The programme is designed to make students more employable and also satisfy the Further Learning requirements necessary to obtain CEng status.
Most students on this course will already be in full-time employment. The course is designed to make you a more rounded welding engineer with a greater breadth and depth of applicable knowledge, and thus more employable.
Initially, completion of the course is a very visible demonstration of the student’s capability and commitment to the company. This has been shown from other courses to act as a springboard to further development/promotion within organisations. Whilst this course is ‘technical’ there is also evidence that this type of course can lead in time to ‘non-technical’ roles in organisations. Areas such as manufacturing management, production engineering safety, training, strategic planning and academia are employers of welding engineers. In addition, there's additional evidence of higher management positions being attainable.
This new taught Masters’ programme offers a very much hands-on entry route to the fascinating opportunities offered within Industry 4.0. Whilst covering all aspects of industrial digitalisation, the course will centre around additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing). The aim of the programme is to educate and train work-ready, capable and equipped professionals; better placed to fulfil the requirements of higher-paid positions within Industry 4.0 and contribute to its further research and development.
You will learn how to digtially model, design and evaluate components and products; some of which cannot be made using other methods of manufacture. We strongly embrace a ‘fail-fast, fail-often’ design approach so that you can learn which parts of your designs work, and which need redesigning. You will 3D print a large number of these models on-site using our wide range of stereolithography (SLA) and fusion deposition modelling (FDM) printers. In addition, you will perform post-production operations in a dedicated laboratory to finalise your creations.
The programme is positioned at the cutting-edge of technology and examines how UK manufacturing could be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technologies (IDT). As such, as part of this programme, you will visit complex technical organisations to witness the impact that is being made.