The students finishing the master degree will possess advanced knowledge within sustainable manufacturing with the ability to contemplate and address impact from decisions on industrial economics, ecology and societal aspects on a holistic level. They will possess thorough academic knowledge within the field of manufacturing including industry 4.0, lean management, total productive maintenance, product development, operations management, etc. all in the overall context of sustainable manufacturing. They will be able to apply and utilize the knowledge within new areas and analyse previous unknown problems and challenges, and plan and organize implementations of actions. Moreover, the students will be able to evaluate and discuss results from the actions. The students can elaborate their knowledge in the direction of several areas, like management, manufacturing technologies and methods, building engineering, energy sources, and wireless communication. This specialization in these areas depend on the selected elective course and the content in the (TØL4015) Project Work and (TØL4902) Master Thesis.
The students will be able to defend decisions with a foundation on mathematical and scientific terms and are able to distinguish between populist -green washing- and genuine steps towards sustainable manufacturing. The students are able to work independently with a systematic and scientific approach, as well as working in a team of colleagues and suppliers/customers. They can document and communicate impact on sustainability from their decisions and actions to colleagues, other experts as well as to the general public. They are able to use scientific databases and collaborate with universities and cutting-edge experts within the field of sustainable manufacturing. They will have the skills for both an abstract birds-eye view and a detailed systematic approach to a problem or challenge. The students can utilize existing methods and tools for sustainability assessments, and adapt these to their own organization and local needs. The students are able to evaluate sources of information in a scientific way and structure and formulate professional and logical reasoning. The students will contribute to innovations and fresh thinking within the manufacturing industry contributing to the overall sustainability. The students will be able to re-think and change the applied methods according to changing demands and markets.
Through the master education the students develop knowledge, skills, ethics and behaviour promoting the move towards sustainable manufacturing of products. The students will be trained in individual work on an extensive level as well as work in a team. The students will be able to communicate and influence on colleagues, suppliers and customers and contribute to shape the basic values for future manufacturing. On the other hand, the student will be able to have respect for divergent opinions and acknowledgement, since there is often a need for a multidisciplinary approach to reach a holistic improved solution.