Arcada's study plans (curricula) consist of modules that define the competencies that you need to attain in order to graduate. During your studies you will develop both professional and generic competencies.

You can read more about generic competencies here.

Professional competencies

Competence Knowledge Skills Attitude

Natural science

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You can analyze and
solve advanced
problems using your
knowledge in
mathematics, physics
and chemistry. You
know basic
Regardless of the
profile the engineers
can apply mathematics when planning and
dimensioning technical devices. Knowledge in
mathematics is a prerequisite to follow development and research in your own field. You can independently use mathematics and
programming languages in communicating and
solving problems with colleagues in the field.
You understand the
difference between a
mathematical / scientific model of a physical phenomenon and the phenomenon itself. You value the great work researchers have done that now forms the foundation of the knowledge in mathematics and natural sciences that we have today. You understand the importance of a strong mathematical and physical background to facilitate the understanding of your
later professional studies. You are aware that programming and
machine learning are two strong tools that can help you to solve problems that are
impossible to solve
Sustainability You have research-
based knowledge of three global challenges: climate
change, declining
biodiversity and
overconsumption of natural resources. You understand the climate forcings caused by
anthropogenic consumption of energy and materials, and what are sustainable methods
for energy production and storage and raw material extraction, processing and
recycling. You understand that our current consumption of goods and services is unsustainable in the long run and that we
need to get off our dependence of fossil fuels and raw material within a relatively short period of time. You understand the
principles of the circular economy and you know quantitative analytical methods such as life cycle
analysis. You have
knowledge of environmental
management systems.
You use your
knowledge of materials and energy to make
friendly designs, methods and choices. You work to minimize the use of materials and energy in existing technical systems and can consider their transformational
changes towards
circularity and carbon neutrality. You use analysis methods such us life cycle analysis for evidence-based
decision-making on
technical-economic solutions.
You are driven to make meaningful work for a climate-smart and sustainable society that leads to a better living
environment for all beings. You are aware of the complexity of environmental
feedbacks and how they couple with industrial impacts.You understand the importance of quantifying the complete flows of energy and materials and strive to find viable circular solutions that are sustainable.
Modeling You are familiar with the digital methods and tools that are used for measurements, analysis, technical drawing, and 3D-
You can use digital
methods and tools
such as measurement
techniques and analysis, technical drawing, and 3D-modeling for evidence-based decision-making on
technical solutions.
You can take advantages of the
possibilities that digital methods and 3D-modeling offer to support development of the sustainable life and carbon neutral society.
Materials Technology You have knowledge of basic materials science and manufacturing methods. You have the knowledge on sustainable materials, and you follow the development on the
state-of-the-art in the Nordic region and
worldwide. You will learn mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of materials. You develop the ability to conduct scientific research related to sustainable materials and processes based on the latest developments.
You are aware that materials and manufacturing
methods can pose a
risk to life and health
and you know the safe working methods.
You can perform
calculations that are based on theories. Based on the knowledge on material properties, you will have the skills to select engineering materials in conventional design processes. As part of sustainable process development, you develop the skills on selecting sustainable engineering materials. You will have the skills on a variety of
digital and conventional materials processing
technologies to apply them for sustainable
product development. You can take necessary precautions to avoid dangerous situation during manufacturing and
You work for a climate-smart and safe society. You develop actively
yourself for better material selections and work safety. You have a well-grounded point of view related to a well though end of life disposal solutions for products produced
with traditional methods in order reduce their carbon footprint. You follow the growing lists of sustainable materials
developments around
the Nordic region and
support the development process through research alongside partner institutes, companies and so forth.
Design You have the knowledge of mathematics and
physics that are the
foundations of engineering design. You will have deep theoretical knowledge on analytical
approaches used in product and process designs. You will develop the ability to apply design
optimization methods in product/process design processes. You understand the role of digital design and manufacturing in developing smart and
sustainable solutions in modern day engineering
You will have skills on geometrical modelling of engineering components, products, and mechanical systems on different computer aided design (CAD) software. You will develop skills on geometrically modelling and solving engineering problems related to structural, thermal and fluid flow on computation software to verify analytical methods. You will have skills on conducting a variety of experimental investigations for
material testing. You will develop practical skills on
both conventional
processing technologies and the state-of-the art in additive manufacturing.
You can apply the ethical codes and safety procedures implicated within the working life. You develop a strong attitude towards design for environment making sure the traditional
designs processes are
reviewed and replaced by sustainable product /process design approaches. You value the recent approaches towards digital transformations in manufacturing systems and contribute professionally to the
cause. You put human safety and environment first when you develop new designs and technologies