Industrial Packaging Technology
The Industrial Packaging Technology degree program was developed together with the packaging industry and provides an overview of the most important packaging materials of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. The practically oriented program covers the entire life cycle of packaging, from development to production and all the way to marketing and quality management. The focus is on employability and sustainable product design. Disposal and recycling also plays an important role in the program.
Silke WiesbauerBarbara ZottlVienna BiocenterHelmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 21030 ViennaP: +43 1 606 68 77-3565F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
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Application period for academic year 2019/20
1st November 2018 to 30th June 2019
tuition fee / semester € 363,36* + ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**for additional study expenses (currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)
You are interested in natural sciences, especially chemistry, physics, environment science and their related technologies. You want to combine this interest with your affinity for marketing and design and to apply your understanding of economic relationships. Perhaps you have a background in the packaging industry or nutritional sciences or have already acquired know-how in food technology. Others would describe you as being practical and as a creative thinker. Typically you enjoy tinkering with things to improve them. Integrated thinking is one of your strengths. You approach problems in a structured, analytical and organized manner and have a strong sense of quality awareness.
The degree program was developed together with leading companies in the packaging industry and brand owners who also provided the impetus to create the program. In teaching and research we also cooperate with the University of Munich, the Technical University of Vienna and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology. This network allows us to attract outstanding lecturers, develop R&D projects and make excursions to industrial facilities. This provides you with excellent opportunities to make valuable contacts for your future career already during your studies. The degree program itself is located at the Campus Vienna Biocenter. You will have access to the ultramodern auditoriums and laboratories for chemistry and microbiology of the renowned life sciences location. In addition, you will benefit from FH Campus Wien as a multidisciplinary university. For example, the Molecular Biotechnology degree programs conduct research in the field of cell-based test systems. The Industrial Packaging Technology degree program is also involved here, testing packaging for hormone activity. The Campus Lectures also explore current and diverse topics with prominent experts from the industry and FH Campus Wien regularly invites you to join these public lecture evenings.
This degree program is unique in Austria and was developed together with packaging companies and covers the most important packaging materials of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. The focus is on sophisticated goods like food and pharmaceutical products and their interactions with the materials used in the packaging. The practically oriented program covers the entire life cycle of packaging, from development and production to recycling and disposal all the way to marketing and quality management. Thus the degree program combines the different subjects of natural sciences and engineering with business administration and design.It is aimed at generalists who can expect to quickly find professional work in their chosen field. The future-oriented topics of health and sustainability with the three dimensions of economics, environment and social issues are the focus of the degree program. Many factors play a role in a sustainable packaging solution: material properties, social issues in the work organization or senior- and child-friendly packaging, the environment and of course the economic viability. The degree program is designed as a part-time program with three-day blocks per month and e-learning content so that it can be attended by career professionals residing both in and outside of Austria.
This interdisciplinary degree program combines science subjects like chemistry and microbiology as well as technical principles with knowledge of economics, environment and quality control to form a complete package:
You learn what is important for optimal packaging and how packaging is developed, produced, recycled and disposed of in an environmentally and economically friendly manner. Scientific expertise serves as the basis for understanding the material properties of the packaging and how they relate to the requirements for filling substances such as food or pharmaceutical products. With your training in business administration you will be able to analyze the situation, costs, benefits and effects of packaging and to use it as a marketing tool.
Functional packaging design that is suitable for disposal, product protection, quality management and possible toxic effects of packaging are important content of the program. Through your training in quality management, you will learn how to use Six Sigma, a quality management method that at the same time serves as a management system for improving processes such as reducing energy consumption or increasing production.
Lector: Dr. Christian Kirchnawy, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
General and Inorganic Chemistry :- Atomic structure and atomic models- Periodic Table of Elements- Chemical bonds- Acid-Base concept- Conservation Laws- States of Matter- Chemical equilibriumOrganic chemistry:- Types of bonds- Substance Classes ( saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, aromaticCompounds , haloalkanes, alcohols, phenols,Ethers , sulfur compounds, aldehydes, ketones,Carboxylic acids and derivatives , and carbonic acidDerivatives, amines );- Acid / base strength of organic compounds- polymersBiochemistry :- amino acids- Peptides and proteins- fats- carbohydrates
Integrated course with immanent examinationsAssigned work task/student participation/intermediate exams (60 P), final written examination(40 P)100 P, 60 P to pass
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops,student presentations and E-learning-units.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich
•Safety in the chemical laboratory•Laboratory protocols•Use of basic laboratory equipment•Semiqantitative analysis of anorganic anions and cations•Quantitative analysis using volumetric methods •Creation of a calibration function based on a practical example•pH and pH-testing methods •Preparation of solutions and determination of the exact concentration•Basics of the chemistry of plastics
Practical laboratory work (50 P), laboratory protocol and final examination (50 P)100 P, 60 P to pass
Practical laboratory work and lectures, with E-learning.
Lector: Mag. Gernot Marecek
Principles and objectives of business administrationStrategic managementHuman resources, leadership and organizationeconomics of commoditiesbanlancingInvestment and financingCompany taxation
Integrated course with immanent examinations.Task (30 p), company concept (30 p), final written exam (40 p).100 p, 60 p to pass.
The areas of knowledge are to be prepared reading the textbook (Messner, Kreidl, Wala), are worked out together in the classroom units and are deepened by tasks which are to be elaborated independently.In addition, a company concept must be developed on the basis of what has been learned.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Bergmair
This lecture providers a first overview of common packaging materials and packaging types:- Use of plastics in general- Plastic Packaging and multilayer structures- Production technology of plastic packaging- Metalls in packaging technology- Glass as packaging material- Wooden packaging- Renewable materials as packaging materials- types and closing technology in the field of packaging- pro and cons of differnt packaging materials- advantages and possibilities of compound materials- Workshop with differnt materials- typiocal specifivations of packaging materials
Integrated course with immanent examinationsassigned work task (30 P), student participation/intermediate exams (30 P),final written examination (40 P)total 100 P, min. 60 P to pass
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentations and E-learning-units.
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker
In this course basic information about the bachelor-programme at FHCW is given and the distance- and on-site-period organized.Introduction to packaging technology as a technical science comprises scientific practice and specific packaging technology. Requirements of foodstuffs on packaging will be presented and the most important characteristics of packaging materials discussed. Sustainability will be a focus of attention.
Integrated course with immanent examinationsScientific Work (20 P), assigned work task (20 P), student participation/intermediate exams (30 P), final written examination (30 P)100 P, 60 P to pass
Lector: Mag. Christoph Rath
The course Cost accounting and Controlling (ILV) will give you thorough insights into the following topics:•technical terms in the area of cost accounting and controlling•costs, which occur in a company and how they are passed on•calculation production costs, prime costs and sales Prices (focus packaging)•advantages and applications of the breakeven Analysis.
Integrated course with immanent examinations.Participation (30 P), intermediate exams (30 P), final written examination (40 P)total: 100 P, 60 P to pass
Lector: Mag. Christoph Hansal
In this course an overview is given concerning business IT in the context of the packaging industry: + trends, products and typical software + tools to support processes with software + successful implementation of software
100 points, positive > 60 points
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student discussion and E-learning-units.
In this course an overview is given of the most important food ingredients and basic food chemistry.In focus are mechanisms of food degradation and procedures and technologies to maintain the qualitiy level of foodstuffs and prolong shelf life. Requirements of foodstuffs on packaging are deducted from degradation mechanisms for the most important food groups.In addition to foodstuffs requirements of pharmaceuticals, chemical products and cosmetics on packaging are discussed.
Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass
In this practical course you will learn how to prepare stained samples for bacteria and yeasts for microscopic determination and how to use the microscope. You will gain pratical knowledge on principle techniques for the cultivation and determination of microorganisms. Especially, you will learn how to examine different packaging materials for thier microbial load.
100 points, 60 points to pass.
This course is a practical training. Students will work on predefined tasks.
In this course you will get basic knowledge about cell building and cell structure, habitats of microorganisms, as well as about areas of application for microorganisms. You will learn about metabolic pathways of bacteria.Another focus will be on visualisation via microscopy, and on basic techniques regarding cultivation and determination of microorganisms.Moreover, some information will be given on the term "hygiene".
This course is designed as a lecture. Thus, lectures by the teacher will be combined with students´work (e-learning) und presentations by students. Moreover, the students will be encouraged by the lecturer to ask critical questions.
Lector: DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Heinrich
Measuring and physical unitsmechanics:kinetics•work, energy, momentum, power •friction•rranslation and rotationHeat:•heat energy and temperature •kinetic gas theory •aggregate state of matter
Integrated course with immanent examinationsAssigned work task (30 P), student participation/intermediate exams (30 P), final written examination (40 P)100 P, 60 P to pass
Lector: Ing. Peter Kerstan
-Physical characteristics of filling goods-Dosing technology-Filling machines and filling techniques-Industrial Handling -Closure techniques-Hygienic Design and cleaning-Aseptic processing-Packaging techniques and creation of load units-Load securing
Integrated course with immanent examinations; Teamwork (25 P), Presentation of the teamwork (15 P), Participation (30 P), final written exam (30 P)100 P, 60 P to pass
Blended learning consisting of lectures, integrated workshops, preparation of a teamwork including presentation by the students.
Lector: Lukas Weiss, MSc
This course will give you an overview of the two topics quality management and occupational safety.The topic quality management mainly focuses on quality management systems such as ISO 9001. In addition, you will learn about basics, meaning and concepts of quality management and well-known quality philosophers. Furthermore, problem-solving methods and basic quality tools as well as methods of quality management are covered.The second topic focuses the Employee Protection Act and provides you with an insight into operational implementation of security measures.
A total of 100 points can be achieved.From 60 points the ILV is positively completed.
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, single work and teamwork as well as E-learning-units.
Special Qualitymanagmentsytems for packaging producer and fillers in th sector of food packaging• legal basics and standards• specifications• hygiene management• HACCP and GMP• certification systems • audits (internal and external)
Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass.
Lector: Martin Musil
Dimensions of leadership (D.Goleman)Management styles - the correct leadership stylelManagement by objectivesAgreeing on objectivesEmployee motivation - (how) does it work?Stages of team developmentTeambuildingTeam role typologyCharacteristics of High Performing TeamsDecision making (Vroom-Yetton normative decision model)Management communicationFeedback as a management tool
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, reflection, model analysis, applying a self-assessment tool and teambuilding activities.
Lector: Ing. Franz König, BEd
PrepressPrinting processes and machines:•Letterpress printing•Flexo printing•Letterset printing•Gravure printing•Dabber printing•Offset printing•Silk screen printing•Digital printing
Integrated course with immanent examinations100 Points, 60 P to pass
Lector: Bernhard Huber, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Schipfer
Chemistry of glassGlassmaking•Process•Examination of glass•Quality assurance•SpecificationsMaterial characteristicsAging and glass strengthSustainability and use of resourcesCase Study: Production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability for glass packaging
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Kornfeld, MBA, Ing. Julius Lüthi
Tin•Packaging related properties•Aging and corrosion•Production process•Quality assessment•Specifications•Processing techniques•Types of packaging•SustainabilityAluminium•Packaging related properties•Aging and corrosion•Production process•Quality assessment•Specifications•Processing techniques•Types of packaging•SustainabilityCase Study: production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability for metal packaging
Integrated course with immanent examinations100 P, 60 P to pass
Introduction to Lean Six SigmaProject focus of Lean Six SigmaThe Six Sigma ToolboxThe Six Sigma core processes : DMAIC- Define- Measure- Analyse- Improve- ControlMethods of Lean management (5S, SMED, Kanban, ... )Application of statistical methods in the context of Lean Six SigmaCase studies
Blended learning consisting of teachers lectures, practical exercises, presentations and e-learning units.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Sailer
-Basics of manufacture controllingKey figures of industrial manufacturing – overall context and dependencies; availability, machine efficiency, material efficiency, personal efficiency, cost efficiency, complete plant efficiency, order inflow, order backlog, planning efficiency, OTIF, lead time, stocks, delivery time, quality, workplace safety, health and safety-Productivity and industrial processes for improvement-Change management-Application in the packaging production
•Raw Materials and additives•Paper and cardboard as basic material•Paper and cardboard production•Paper machine technology •Packaging properties of paper and cardboard•Paper and cardboard varieties and their different fields of application
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Florian Dorner
Production, Refinement and Processing of:-Corrugated cardboard-Folding cardboard boxes-Flexible packaging-Round cardboard boxes-Label production-Packaging for liquidsCase Study: Production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability of paper processing
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentation and E-learning units.
- chemical and physical properties of plastics- material-properties of plastics- testing of plastics- additives - composites- stabilization and ageing - plastics manufacturing- sustainability and resource utilization- biopolymers
100 P, 60 P to pass
Lector: Dr. Christian Martschitsch
methods for plastic processing:•extrusion•injection molding•thermoforming•blowmoulding•other processesproduction of laminates:•multifilm laminates•food carton•laminates>printing and coating>case studies
>Definition and principles of sustainability>Integration of social (people), ecological (planet) and economic (profit) responsibility>Sustainable development and business ethics>Sustainability and Packaging•Life cycle assessment throughout the entire supply chain•Sustainability and design•Packaging sustainability framework•Sustainable packaging materials•Reuse and recovery•Sustainable business strategy>Case study: sustainable packaging
Lector: DI (FH) Michael Auer, MSc, DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Heinrich
>Testing technology•Physical procedures•Chemical procedures•Biological procedures•Miscellaneous>Fundamental knowledge in material testing•Glass•Metal•Paper and board•Plastics and composites>Testing of the entire packaging system>Standards and regulations>Damage analysis
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker, Univ. Lektor Prof. MinRat DI Dr. Thomas Wiederstein
Recycling technology:•Mechanical, physical and chemical processes•Recycling of metals•Recycling of papers or cartons•Recycling of plastics•Recycling of glasWaste Management:•Conception of waste•Gathering and transport•Waste treatment and garbage disposal•Legal circumstancesCase Study: Recycling and exemplary concepts for waste management in the field of packaging
Immanent lecture with final exam.Overall 100 points can be achieved. Students need to achieve at least 60 points to be positive.
-Overview of national and international legislations-Food law for food contact materials-Law for Waste management and chemicals-Packaging law-Product liability
100 points, pass at 60 points
Lector: Ing. Martin Luh
fundamentals of supply chain managementdesign of supply chain networkspurchasing organization and strategiesmarket researchmeasurement of supply chain efficiency
Analysis of conversational situationsPositions and interestsTools for the conduct of negotiation (BATNA, ZOPA)Psychology of the conduct of negotiationBasics of behavioural economicsNegotiation situations (role-plays)
Lector: Mag.Art. Susanne Lippitsch
Basics of project managementBasics in CAD/CAMIndustrial design (construction standards ECMA-FEFCO, design principles of packaging, development of a prototype, sustainability)Studies for packaging design and comparison of packagingCommunication functionConvenience and second life in the development of a packagingPackaging as a brand and silent sales clerk (basics of psychology of packaging and brain research)Target-group-specific design of a packagingGender and diversity managementAcceptance inspection and transition of production
Lector: Mag. Ernst Krottendorfer, PhD
-Market structure and essential characteristics of marketing of industrial goods, especially of the packaging market-Customer behaviour in markets for industrial goods-Company network and network analysis-Analysis of the industry and marketing strategies-Market research in markets for industrial goods-Market communications-Distribution politics-Pricing strategy and revenue management-Analysis of international packaging markets-The global economy of packaging
The part of sales in a packaging companySales organisationSales information systemsCustomer managementNew business developments and innovationWhy key account managementKey account planningKey account strategyThe sales process in practical experienceSales organisation in a packaging company
Semester datesWinter semester: 12th September 2016 to 27th January 2017Summer semester: 13th February to 7th July 2017
Number of teaching weeks18 per Semester
TimesThursday to Saturday, once per month all-day, e-learning-part
Language of instructionGerman
As a generalists you have an overview of the most important packaging material. This knowledge and your interdisciplinary know-how place you in high demand in production, packaging development and design, quality assurance, technical purchasing and sales or marketing. You will start as an assistant or project assistant, product developer, application engineer, a designer, packaging inspector, lab technician, purchasing or sales agent with opportunities for advancement to production-, quality-, marketing -or sales manager. You can support companies in all these areas as a consultant.
ProductionThe central task is to set up and optimize production such that the new packaging with its material properties meets all the demands to provide the best possible quality at a low cost and with a minimum of energy consumption and waste production.
Package Development and DesignAs a packaging designer you not only design attractive packaging, but also ensure the best possible protection of the filled goods, because you realize the potential risks that come with the changed packaging form. You will work in the development to typographic design and acceptance testing.
Quality Assurance / Product Safety / Packaging InspectionQuality assurance requires many organizational and process-oriented steps as well as analysis, inspections and the investigation of specific cases of damage. You design the company’s own quality management system and inspect packaging to ensure the quality for the consumers.
Technical Purchasing and SalesThe retail industry in particular requires specialists who can engage with food producers and clients to determine the requirements for packaging. Your job profile also includes being the first person of contact for orders, complaints and claims.
Marketing / Advertising / DesignIn this area you will be involved in creative packaging design and take advantage of the shaping and printing possibilities for various packaging materials. The convenience of the packaging is an important issue, for example in the development of packaging that is easy to open and close again or is easy to use for the elderly or children. You are responsible for the typographic design and initial production.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section. In specific cases the head of the program may formally recognize a qualification.
Minimum age 20 (with three years of vocational school) or 22 years. You may have obtained your vocational qualification through a pertinent apprenticeship, foreman examination or verifiable occupation within the construction sector. Applicants opting for this selection route should contact the secretary's office for the necessary forms.
There are 30 places available in the bachelor's degree program each year.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please note:It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.
The selection committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the selection process are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
Head of Industrial Packaging Technology, Head of Sustainable Management of Resources T: +43 1 606 68 77-3561 firstname.lastname@example.org