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Process Engineering

Process Engineering

Who we are and what we do

The degree program in Process Engineering offered at Nuremberg Tech has a long tradition and has been rated at the top of all higher education rankings for many years. Around 440 students are currently enrolled in our programs. They work with 14 professors and numerous external and adjunct instructors.
Our campus has ten state-of-the-art laboratories and computer rooms for research and lab work where students gain direct and practical insights into process engineering. In addition, we are involved in numerous business cooperations and research projects that students may actively participate in.


What Process Engineers and Energy Process Engineers do

Process engineers work with the products of daily life, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, building materials, fuels, plastics etc. and the processes used to manufacture them. They know how to develop and use special processes to make new products out of solid, liquid and gaseous raw materials. For instance, they produce gasoline from crude oil or work on the process used to make sugar from beets or sugar cane. In addition to the various process steps involved in production, business aspects, optimization of quality and energy consumption as well as environmental protection and recycling play an essential role in the profession.

Energy process engineering is the most important engineering discipline in the majority of energy conversion processes. Energy process engineers are in charge of all of the processes in power engineering plants in their entirety. In addition, they are responsible for the water/steam cycle, waste gas cleaning, water treatment and the combustion process in power plants. They design and calculate the corresponding systems, supervise their construction and, finally, operate them.
The clean-energy transition can only be managed by using both conventional and renewable primary energy sources in an eco-friendly way. Energy process engineers must therefore be able to handle both types of primary energy. They work in a field with a wide variety of energy conversion technologies and plants.

Degrees we offer

The practical focus of the degree programs the Faculty offers is particularly designed to meet these highly varied requirements. After completing program requirements, students are awarded the following degrees:

Bachelor (B.Eng.) in Process Engineering

This degree program usually takes seven semesters, during which you will learn the basics for your career. The fifth semester includes an industrial internship.
You will then choose a specialization in energy process engineering, biochemical engineering, plastics engineering or environmental engineering. (Folder PDF in German)

Bachelor (B.Eng.) in Energy Process Engineering

The seven-semester bachelor’s degree program is divided into a first study stage (semesters 1 and 2) and a second study stage (semesters 3 to 7).
The first study stage focuses on teaching the fundamentals of engineering, whereby practical examples from the field of energy process engineering are used whenever possible. Dedicated energy process engineering subjects are taught in the second study stage.
The 5th semester is the internship semester, which is usually spent in the relevant industry. In the 6th and 7th semester, students may choose five required elective modules from several competence areas.
The energy process engineering studies are completed by writing a Bachelor’s Thesis in the 7th semester. (Folder PDF in German)

After finishing their bachelor's degree, students may choose to enroll in our master's degree program to obtain an even higher level of expertise. Our Faculty offers the following master's program:

Master (M.Eng.) in Chemical and Process Engineering

(Folder PDF in German)

Career Outlook

Process Engineers can find jobs in almost all fields of manufacturing, research and development, government agencies and inspection institutions. The chemical industry, the food and building materials industry, machine building and plant engineering, biotechnology, energy technology and environmental protection all need process engineers. Industries active in renewable energy or in increasing the efficiency of resources offer numerous exciting opportunities.
The job outlook for our highly qualified graduates is currently excellent, as are their prospective incomes.