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TAMK educates Textile and Material Engineering professionals

Published on 13.12.2022
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Arsenii Matarikin is measuring the breaking load and elongation of yarn. Unna Örn is determining the yarn twist, and Terhi Nenonen is measuring the fibre tensile strength with Marja Rissanen.
The first group of Textile and Material Engineering students began their studies at TAMK in autumn 2022. The programme of Textile and Material Engineering is organised in English, due to a huge need of professionals in the field globally. The duration of the programme is four years, and the next application period is open 4.1-18.1.2023.

The main topics of the studies are sustainability, circular economy and novel innovations in the textile and fashion industry. The students get a comprehensive understanding of different textile materials and processes, from fibers to finished products.

Global need for professionals as a starting point for the new programme

Consumption and environmental awareness are global phenomena which have let to questions in Materials Science and Engineering: How can we produce durable, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly materials? How do we take into consideration the sustainability and circular economy in the processes?

The students of the first group which started their studies in the autumn are from Asia and Europe. The autumn semester started with introductory courses in the global textile business, and textile and material engineering.

 “The students have especially liked the visiting lecturers that have presented textile research and innovations, circular economy in textiles, and working life,” says Marja Rissanen, Senior Lecturer of Built Environment and Bioeconomy at TAMK.

A field that offers many job opportunities

After graduating the programme, there are several positions where to start a career. For example production engineer, quality engineer, sales engineer, design engineer or proceed in various managerial positions.

“There are several fields of possible future employment for the new textile and material engineers. There is the development of new fibres and reusing and repurposing the old ones. Development of environmentally friendly processes from fibre production to garment manufacturing. There is also a big attention on businesses and their sustainability!” says Terhi Nenonen, Textile and Material Engineering student.

“In the future, I would like to do research and development of new textiles or technology and processes that reduce emissions of textiles into the environment,” says Textile and Material Engineering student Arsenii Matarikin.

“There is currently a lot of fibre manufacturing and recycling development happening especially in Finland which I find fascinating,” Textile and Material Engineering student Unna Örn adds.

Two hands holding a small metal piece.
Terhi Nenonen is measuring the tensile strength of individual fibre.

New application period starts in January

Rissanen is very happy with the group of students that started their studies in August.

“The students are very motivated, and the team spirit is high. In the next application period, we hope to reach even more students who are interested to study sustainable textile and material engineering. This programme also gives eligibility to continue in MSc programmes in universities,” Rissanen rejoices.

The next application period starts 4.1.2023 and the studies begin in autumn 2023. The degree earned is Bachelor of Engineering.

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Text: Riikka Mölkänen

Pictures: Saara Lehtonen