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 2, OG3.F.071030 ViennaP: +43 1 606 68 77-3580F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
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Application period for academic year 2021/22
1st November 2020 to 30th June 2021
tuition fee / semester € 363,361 + ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 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: Mag. Gernot Marecek
Principles and objectives of business administration Strategic management Human resources, leadership and organization economics of commodities banlancing Investment and financing Company 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: 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 equilibrium Organic chemistry: - Types of bonds - Substance Classes ( saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, aromatic Compounds , haloalkanes, alcohols, phenols, Ethers , sulfur compounds, aldehydes, ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives , and carbonic acid Derivatives, amines ); - Acid / base strength of organic compounds - polymers Biochemistry : - amino acids - Peptides and proteins - fats - carbohydrates
Integrated course with immanent examinations Assigned 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: Dipl.-Ing.in Elisabeth Pinter, BSc, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
• 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: 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 examinations assigned 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: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, Dr.in Mary Grace Wallis
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 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
Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio
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: Ing. Franz König, BEd
Prepress Printing processes and machines: • Letterpress printing • Flexo printing • Letterset printing • Gravure printing • Dabber printing • Offset printing • Silk screen printing • Digital printing
Integrated course with immanent examinations 100 Points, 60 P to pass
Lector: Bernhard Huber, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Schipfer
Chemistry of glass Glassmaking •Process •Examination of glass •Quality assurance •Specifications Material characteristics Aging and glass strength Sustainability and use of resources Case Study: Production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability for glass packaging
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich, Ing. Bernd Henzinger, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Kornfeld, MBA
Tin • Packaging related properties • Aging and corrosion • Production process • Quality assessment • Specifications • Processing techniques • Types of packaging • Sustainability Aluminium • Packaging related properties • Aging and corrosion • Production process • Quality assessment • Specifications • Processing techniques • Types of packaging • Sustainability Case Study: production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability for metal packaging
Integrated course with immanent examinations 100 P, 60 P to pass
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
Blended learning consisting of teachers lectures, practical exercises, presentations and e-learning units.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Sailer
-Basics of manufacture controlling Key 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
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker
• 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 liquids Case Study: Production, monitoring, documentation and sustainability of paper processing
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentation and E-learning units.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich
The students receive guidance and support while developing the appropriate research design, drafting the concept and during writing of their bachelor thesis. The bachelor thesis 2 is an additional work protocol of their work experience, which should be documented and scientifically reflected. The research questions chosen during the work experience result in the topic of the bachelor thesis 2.
Students are working on a specific assignment with the guidance of a discipline-specific person. During the work experience the technical knowledge, methodical expertise and social competences are applied and strengthened in the aspired field of work.
In the form of individual discussions and group discussions, experiences and procedures are discussed and reflected upon during the internship.
Times Appointment blocks spread throughout the semester; all day E-learning part
Electives Selection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.
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.
For more information about which university entrance qualification examinations are recognized, please visit the secretary's office.
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 admission 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 admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.
admission 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 admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Mag.a Weilenmann in which form you require support.
Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity ManagementMag.a Ursula Weilenmann, Mitarbeiterinbarrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.athttp://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei
Head of Industrial Packaging Technology, Packaging Technology and Sustainability T: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
Office hours during semesterMon to Wed, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m.
Head of Competence Center for Sustainable and Future Oriented Packaging Solutions, Stadt Wien Endowed Professor for Sustainable and Future-Oriented Packaging Solutions
We work closely with numerous biotech companies, universities, such as the University of Vienna, and research institutes and have a strong international network. This guarantees you strong contacts for your internship, a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities and your future employment. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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