Industrial Packaging Technology

Bachelor, part-time

Overview

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.

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Silke Wiesbauer
Barbara Zottl
Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3565
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3569
vt@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Duration of course
6 Semester
Final degree
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc)
30Study places
180ECTS
Organisational form
part-time

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)

What you can offer

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.

What we offer you

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.

What makes this degree program special

  • Tailored to the life cycle of the most important packaging materials paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass
  • Focus on sustainable product design
  • Cooperation with the packaging industry guarantees practical orientation

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.


What you will learn in the degree program

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.

Curriculum

Lecture SWS ECTS
Chemistry in Packaging Technology ILV

Chemistry in Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: Dr. Christian Kirchnawy, Bernhard Rainer, MSc

3 SWS
6 ECTS
3 6
Chemical Laboratory Exercises UE

Chemical Laboratory Exercises UE

Lector: Dipl.-Ing.in Elisabeth Pinter, BSc, Bernhard Rainer, MSc

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Fundamentals of Business Administration ILV

Fundamentals of Business Administration ILV

Lector: Mag. Gernot Marecek

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Fundamentals of Packaging Materials and their Manufacturing ILV

Fundamentals of Packaging Materials and their Manufacturing ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

3 SWS
6 ECTS
3 6
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology ILV

Fundamentals of Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich

3 SWS
6 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations
Scientific 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

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentations and E-learning-units.

Language

German

3 6
Accounting and Controlling ILV

Accounting and Controlling ILV

Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio

2 SWS
4 ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations.
Participation (30 P), intermediate exams (30 P), final written examination (40 P)
total: 100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentations and E-learning-units.

Language

German

2 4

Lecture SWS ECTS
Introduction to IT in Companies ILV 1 2
Filling-Good-Characteristics and Requirements ILV 3 6
Microbiological Laboratory Exercises UE 1 2
Microbiology and Hygiene VO 1 2
Physics in Packaging Technology ILV 2 4
Filling and Packaging Technology ILV 3 6
Qualitymanagement and Occupational Safety ILV 1.5 3
Advanced Quality Management ILV 1.5 3
Team and Leadership ILV 1 2

Lecture SWS ECTS
Printing Technology ILV

Printing Technology ILV

Lector: Ing. Franz König, BEd

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Glass ILV

Glass ILV

Lector: Bernhard Huber, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Schipfer

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Metal ILV

Metal ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, Ing. Bernd Henzinger, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Kornfeld, MBA

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Operational and Commercial Excellence ILV

Operational and Commercial Excellence ILV

Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio

2 SWS
4 ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction to Lean Six Sigma
Project focus of Lean Six Sigma
The Six Sigma Toolbox
The Six Sigma core processes:
- Define
- Measure
- Analyse
- Improve
- Control

Methods of Lean management (5S, SMED, Kanban, ... )
Application of statistical methods in the context of Lean Six Sigma
Case studies

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations
100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of teachers lectures, practical exercises, presentations and e-learning units.

Language

German

2 4
Operational Controlling ILV

Operational Controlling ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Sailer

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Paper ILV

Paper ILV

Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Paper Converting ILV

Paper Converting ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Florian Dorner

3 SWS
6 ECTS

Lecture contents

Production, Refinement and Processing of:
-Corrugated cardboard
-Folding cardboard boxes
-Flexible packaging
-Round cardboard boxes
-Label production
-Packaging for liquids

Case Study: Production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability of paper processing

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations
100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentation and E-learning units.

Language

German

3 6

Lecture SWS ECTS
Plastics ILV 2.5 5
Plastics Converting ILV 2.5 5
Sustainability and Packaging ILV 2.5 5
Inspection Technology ILV 3 6
Recycling and Waste Management ILV

Recycling and Waste Management ILV

Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker, Univ. Lektor Prof. MinRat DI Dr. Thomas Wiederstein

2.5 SWS
5 ECTS
2.5 5
Packaging Legislation ILV 2 4

Lecture SWS ECTS
Bachelorthesis SE 2 10
Professional Traineeship PR 0 19
Reflection of Professional Traineeship SE 1 1

Lecture SWS ECTS
Ecodesign ILV 2.5 5
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management ILV 1.5 3
Conversation and Negotiation Skills ILV

Conversation and Negotiation Skills ILV

Lector: Martin Musil

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Interdisciplinary Project in Packaging Development and Design ILV

Interdisciplinary Project in Packaging Development and Design ILV

Lector: Mag.Art. Susanne Lippitsch, Mag. art. Christian Steiner

6 SWS
12 ECTS
6 12
Marketing of consumer products and industrial goods ILV 2 4
Sales and Key-Account-Management ILV

Sales and Key-Account-Management ILV

Lector: Mag. Ernst Krottendorfer, PhD

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4

Semester dates
Winter semester: 12th September 2016 to 27th January 2017
Summer semester: 13th February to 7th July 2017

Number of teaching weeks
18 per Semester

Times
Thursday to Saturday, once per month all-day, e-learning-part

Language of instruction
German


How you benefit

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.

Production
The 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 Design
As 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 Inspection
Quality 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 Sales
The 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 / Design
In 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.

  • Manufacturer of packaging materials and packaging made of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass
  • Food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry, building materials and electrical and electronics industries
  • Retail
  • Authorities
  • Waste management companies
  • Service companies:
    advertising agencies, packaging design, printing, technical offices, consulting service providers, testing laboratories

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Admission

Admission requirements

  • General entrance qualifications:

    • Graduation certificate from an academic or vocational secondary school
    • Secondary school vocational certificate
    • Equivalent certification from abroad

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.

Application

There are 30 places available in the bachelor's degree program each year.

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • School leaving certificate / university entrance qualification examination / verification of professional qualifications
  • If necessary, the certificate of completion of compulsory military or civil service

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.

Selection process

The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level selection process with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for your chosen profession.
  • Process
    In a written test your logical thinking skills and understanding of scientific processes are analyzed and documented. This test serves to determine your aptitude for a scientific education and is not intended to assess your knowledge. In the second phase of the selection process you will take part in an interview to help determine your ability and readiness to learn. The focus is on motivation, capacity for careful consideration, ability to work well under pressure and endurance as well as the ability to express yourself verbally. The selection interview will be evaluated by a score.
  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the selection decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:

    • Selection test 60%
    • Selection interview 40%

    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.


Contact

Secretary's office

Silke Wiesbauer
Barbara Zottl
Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3565
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3569
vt@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map Vienna Biocenter (Google Maps)

Teaching staff and research staff

> DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter

Head of Competence Center for Sustainable and Future Oriented Packaging Solutions, Endowed Professor for Sustainable and Future-Oriented Packaging Solutions