Packaging Technology

 

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.

Contact us

Contact us!

Silke Wiesbauer
Barbara Zottl
Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG3.F.07
1030 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3580
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3589
vt@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map Vienna Biocenter (Google Maps)

Duration of course
6 Semester
Final degree
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc)
20Study places
180ECTS
Organisational form
part-time

Application period for academic year 2020/21

1st November 2019 to 30th June 2020

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)

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

LectureSWSECTS
Fundamentals of Business Administration ILV

Fundamentals of Business Administration ILV

Lector: Mag. Gernot Marecek

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Chemistry in Packaging Technology ILV

Chemistry in Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: Dr. Christian Kirchnawy, Bernhard Rainer, MSc

3SWS
6ECTS
36
Chemical Laboratory Exercises UE

Chemical Laboratory Exercises UE

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

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Fundamentals of Packaging Materials and their Manufacturing ILV

Fundamentals of Packaging Materials and their Manufacturing ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

3SWS
6ECTS
36
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology ILV

Fundamentals of Packaging Technology ILV

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

3SWS
6ECTS
36
Accounting and Controlling ILV

Accounting and Controlling ILV

Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio

2SWS
4ECTS
24

LectureSWSECTS
Physics in Packaging Technology ILV

Physics in Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Simon Krauter, BSc

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

Measuring and physical units
mechanics:
kinetics
• work, energy, momentum, power
• friction
• rranslation and rotation
Heat:
• heat energy and temperature
• kinetic gas theory
• aggregate state of matter

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations
Assigned work task (30 P), student participation/intermediate exams (30 P), final written examination (40 P)
100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

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

Language

German

24
Introduction to IT in Companies ILV

Introduction to IT in Companies ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Kfm. Daniel Walkiewicz

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

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

Assessment methods

100 points, positive > 60 points

Teaching methods

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

Language

German

12
Filling-Good-Characteristics and Requirements ILV

Filling-Good-Characteristics and Requirements ILV

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

3SWS
6ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass

Teaching methods

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

Language

German

36
Microbiological Laboratory Exercises UE

Microbiological Laboratory Exercises UE

Lector: Dipl.-Ing.in Elisabeth Pinter, BSc

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

100 points, 60 points to pass.

Teaching methods

This course is a practical training. Students will work on predefined tasks.

Language

German

12
Microbiology and Hygiene VO

Microbiology and Hygiene VO

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

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

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".

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass

Teaching methods

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.

Language

German

12
Filling and Packaging Technology ILV

Filling and Packaging Technology ILV

Lector: Ing. Peter Kerstan

3SWS
6ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations; Teamwork (25 P), Presentation of the teamwork (15 P), Participation (20 P), final written exam (40 P)
100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, integrated workshops, preparation of a teamwork including presentation by the students.

Language

German

36
Qualitymanagement and Occupational Safety ILV

Qualitymanagement and Occupational Safety ILV

Lector: Lukas Weiss, MSc

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

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.

Assessment methods

A total of 100 points can be achieved.
From 60 points the ILV is positively completed.

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, single work and teamwork as well as E-learning-units.

Language

German

1.53
Advanced Quality Management ILV

Advanced Quality Management ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

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)

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass.

Teaching methods

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

Language

German

1.53
Team and Leadership ILV

Team and Leadership ILV

Lector: Martin Musil

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Dimensions of leadership (D.Goleman)
Management styles - the correct leadership stylel
Management by objectives
Agreeing on objectives
Employee motivation - (how) does it work?
Stages of team development
Teambuilding
Team role typology
Characteristics of High Performing Teams
Decision making (Vroom-Yetton normative decision model)
Management communication
Feedback as a management tool

Assessment methods

Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass.

Teaching methods

Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, reflection, model analysis, applying a self-assessment tool and teambuilding activities.

Language

German

12

LectureSWSECTS
Printing Technology ILV

Printing Technology ILV

Lector: Ing. Franz König, BEd

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Glass ILV

Glass ILV

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

2.5SWS
5ECTS
2.55
Metal ILV

Metal ILV

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

2.5SWS
5ECTS
2.55
Operational and Commercial Excellence ILV

Operational and Commercial Excellence ILV

Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Operational Controlling ILV

Operational Controlling ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Sailer

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Paper ILV

Paper ILV

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

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Paper Converting ILV

Paper Converting ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Florian Dorner

3SWS
6ECTS
36

LectureSWSECTS
Recycling and Waste Management ILV

Recycling and Waste Management ILV

Lector: Marina Kreuzinger, BSc MSc, Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

Recycling technology:
• Mechanical, physical and chemical processes
• Recycling of metals
• Recycling of papers or cartons
• Recycling of plastics
• Recycling of glas

Waste Management:
• Conception of waste
• Gathering and transport
• Waste treatment and garbage disposal
• Legal circumstances

Case Study: Recycling and exemplary concepts for waste management in the field of packaging

Assessment methods

Immanent lecture with final exam.

Overall 100 points can be achieved. Students need to achieve at least 60 points to be positive.

Teaching methods

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

2.55
Plastics ILV

Plastics ILV

Lector: Marina Kreuzinger, BSc MSc, Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

- 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

Assessment methods

100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

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

2.55
Plastics Converting ILV

Plastics Converting ILV

Lector: Dr. Christian Martschitsch

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

methods for plastic processing:
• extrusion
• injection molding
• thermoforming
• blowmoulding
• other processes
production of laminates:
• multifilm laminates
• food carton
• laminates

>printing and coating


>case studies

Assessment methods

100 P, 60 P to pass

Teaching methods

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

2.55
Sustainability and Packaging ILV

Sustainability and Packaging ILV

Lector: Anna-Sophia Bauer, MSc, FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

>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

Assessment methods

A total of 100 points can be achieved.
From 60 points the ILV is positively completed.

Teaching methods

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

2.55
Inspection Technology ILV

Inspection Technology ILV

Lector: DI (FH) Michael Auer, MSc, FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter

3SWS
6ECTS

Lecture contents

>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

Assessment methods

A total of 100 points can be achieved.
From 60 points the ILV is positively completed.

Teaching methods

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

36
Packaging Legislation ILV

Packaging Legislation ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

-Overview of national and international legislations
-Food law for food contact materials
-Law for Waste management and chemicals
-Packaging law
-Product liability

Assessment methods

100 points, pass at 60 points

Teaching methods

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

24

LectureSWSECTS
Bachelorthesis SE

Bachelorthesis SE

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

2SWS
10ECTS
210
Professional Traineeship PR

Professional Traineeship PR

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

0SWS
19ECTS
019
Reflection of Professional Traineeship SE

Reflection of Professional Traineeship SE

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

1SWS
1ECTS
11

LectureSWSECTS
Ecodesign ILV 2.55
Conversation and Negotiation Skills ILV 12
Interdisciplinary Project in Packaging Development and Design ILV 612
Sales and Key-Account-Management ILV 24
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management ILV 1.53
Marketing of consumer products and industrial goods ILV 24


Electives
Selection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.

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
  • Waste management companies
  • Service companies:
    advertising agencies, packaging design, printing, technical offices, consulting service providers, testing laboratories
  • Authorities

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Admission

Admission requirements

  • General entrance qualifications:
    • Graduation certificate from an academic or vocational secondary school
    • Secondary school vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung)
    • 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.

  • University entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung)

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.

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
  • For those changing degree programs: transcripts of the examinations completed

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.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level admission procedure 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 admission procedure 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 admission 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 admission decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
    • Admission test (60%)
    • Admission interview (40%)

    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.

Studying with disabilities

You want to apply for the course and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?
Please contact:
Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann

Gender & Diversity Management
barrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.at


Contact

> FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Silvia Apprich

Head of Industrial Packaging Technology, Packaging Technology and Sustainability
T: +43 1 606 68 77-3581
silvia.apprich@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Secretary's office

Silke Wiesbauer
Barbara Zottl
Vienna Biocenter
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2, OG3.F.07
1030 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3580
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3589
vt@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map Vienna Biocenter (Google Maps)

Office hours during semester
Mon to Wed, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and
1.00 p.m.
-3.00 p.m.

Teaching staff and research staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

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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