Are the Environmental Engineering studies difficult?
They are neither the most difficult nor the easiest ones - after all, this is a technical field of study. Anyway, if you're looking for the easiest studies you'd better find another university. Yet, don't be surprised if, having higher education, you are unemployed or can't find any job compliant with your education.
What subjects are taught in the field of Environmental Engineering?
A detailed list of all courses divided into terms is available here: http://www.wbia.zut.edu.pl/wbia/krajowe-ramy-kwalifikacji.html
Basically, in the first year of study, there are general education courses, which provide the foundation for your further education. Later, there is what you're going to deal with in the future, i.e. courses concerning water and sewage, gas, heating, hot water, central heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling equipment, systems and installations. You'll learn how these installations work, how to design, build and operate them.
The scope of your studies also includes sewage and water treatment technologies, waste and sewage sludge management systems as well as conventional and renewable energy courses.
How are classes conducted during the studies?
In a general secondary school, you just had classes. In a technical secondary school there were also workshops. During your studies, there are more forms available: lectures (theory), tutorials (tasks) but also laboratory, design and field classes.
Laboratory classes involve working on a living organism: a heat distribution centre, a ventilation and air conditioning centre, a water and sewage laboratory.
Design classes, on the other hand, involve learning how to design various equipment, systems and installations, e.g. internal water and sewage, central heating and gas installations in buildings, a heat distribution centre, external water, sewage and heating systems, a sewage treatment plant. We learn how to design using the latest specialist software, which makes the designer's work easier, such as:
Audytor OZC by Sankom: calculation of design thermal load of rooms while designing the central heating installations of buildings, thermal and humidity analysis of building partitions, preparation of energy performance characteristics and certificates of buildings necessary to obtain a building permit and for commissioning of a building.
Audytor EKO by Sankom: performing of ecological and economic analyses necessary for obtaining of a permission for construction of designed buildings.
Audytor CO by Sankom: for designing of traditional central heating installations, residential central heating installations, floor heating installations and installations with residential thermal centres, design of ice water installations with fan coil units (room cooling) with the possibility of making combinations of pipes, fittings, radiators and devices as well as insulation materials (detailed data for cost calculation and orders).
Kan H2O by KAN-therm (Sankom producer): for designing of cold water installations, also including fire hydrants, as well as hot water installations with circulation with a possibility of preparing combinations of pipes, fittings, utensils and devices as well as insulation materials (detailed data for cost calculation and orders).
EPA SWMM and HydroCAD – rainwater drainage and EPANET – water supply system and sanitary sewage system (pressure systems) - for designing/modelling of urban infrastructure systems (water and sewage) and computer simulation in order to optimize systems and observe the modelled phenomena (observation of flow behaviour on particular elements of the system, observation of pollution concentrations, etc.)
Koordynator – a software for creating profiles of water and sewage as well as gas systems.
"On line" programmes for selection of e.g. pumps and pumping stations, ventilation and air conditioning centres provided by producers of this equipment.
All drawings are obviously prepared in AutoCad or Arkadia 10.
Field classes. We try to organise many classes in municipal infrastructure facilities like e.g. a sewage treatment plant, a water treatment plant, a heating plant as well as other industrial sites like e.g. Dolna Odra Power Plant, Fliegel Textilservice Laundry in Nowe Czarnowo (the largest industrial laundry in Europe), Gazoport in Świnoujście and others.
There, your theoretical knowledge may be confronted with reality on a current basis and you can also visit your prospective future workplace.
What happens after the studies?
Definitely, studies in the field of Environmental Engineering will provide you with an opportunity to work in an interesting and well-paid profession. The important thing is that and Environmental Engineer (as well as a Civil Engineer) will always be necessary.
Fashion may change and technology becomes more advanced. Someone who used to be a cathode-ray tube TV specialist 10 years ago is unemployed today.
New buildings will always be equipped with installations and used even in 10 or 100 years. So, there is no fear you may become unemployed.