Sustainable Timber Technology / Teicneolaíocht Adhmaid Inbhuanaithe


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Timber technologists are highly skilled technical professionals occupying a range of positions in businesses in the large and growing Forest Product Sector. Enterprise Ireland predict the sector will grow from 12,000 to 20,000 people in the next ten years. The increased focus on sustainability and sustainable timber products, the large increase in the Irish forest harvest, and increased demand for high quality timber products in Ireland and the UK, are driving this growth. This immersive, full-time programme will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge preparing you for the challenges of this exciting, growing sector. 

Timber Technologists play central roles in the many stages of conversion of wooden logs, thinnings and woodfibre into high quality timber products that meet demanding technical and environmental standards. These products range from boards and planks (to be used in construction or furniture) to wood pellets and fencing, and from fitted kitchens and large volume furniture manufacture to beautifully crafted timber artefacts.

TU838 BSc (Honours) Sustainable Timber Technology has been developed from, and replaces, B.Tech in Timber Product Technology. It is a 4-year, full-time immersive programme featuring a mix of theoretical and skills-based modules (see module lists below). The programme is taught in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a direct impact for many SDG Targets (e.g. Targets 9.4 and 12.2). Cross-sectoral skills (such as critical thinking, creativity, management, collaboration and professionalism) are an important part of the programme supporting the central focus on wood science, timber skills and production management. The programme has strong links with industry and work placement takes place in the sixth semester. Field trips and guest lectures supplement the academic content of the programme.

Through choice of elective modules, work placement and thesis the student will develop a unique mix of skills and knowledge to ensure employment in the part of the Forest Products Sector that interests them most.

Professional Accreditation

The Wood Technology Society (a division of the Institute of materials, Minerals and Mining) supports the formation of the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Timber Technology. Student membership of the WTS (IOM3) will be the first step in gaining full member of this professional Institute. Those who are awarded membership use post-nominal letters that are recognised throughout the world.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Erasmus+ exchange with timber technology programmes in Europe are being explored. This is likely to take place in Year 3, Semester 2.

Work Placement

You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience through an industry placement at the end of Year 3, lasting 9 weeks.

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  • Craftworker-owner in a small timber workshop
  • Manager in a timber processing business (such as a sawmill, boardmill, joinery or cabinetmaker)
  • Production floor manager or drawing office manager of a timber joinery or cabinetry workshop
  • Quality assurance technologist
  • Technical sales support and/or timber product specifier
  • Timber product development manager

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Semester 1:

  • Academic Communication
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Timber Skills I
  • Timber Toolbox I
  • Visual Comm. I

Semester 2:

  • Forest Product Sector Maths I
  • Timber Skills II
  • Timber Toolbox II
  • Visual Comm. II
  • Wood Science I (Solid Wood)

Semester 1:

  • Estimating & Tender
  • Forest Product Sector Maths II
  • Timber Skills III
  • Visual Comm. III
  • Wood Science II (Engineered Timber Products)

Semester 2:

  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Introduction to Product Design
  • Timber Skills IV
  • Timber Toolbox III
  • Wood Science III (Environmental Factors)

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Saw & Board Mills (elective)
  • Learning from Timber Product Design
  • Multidisciplinary Activity (elective)
  • Quality & Reliability
  • Timber Production Management
  • Timber Skills V (elective)
  • Wood Science IV (Mechanical & Thermal)
  • Wood Science V (Alternative Materials)

Semester 2:

  • Forest Product Sector Work Placement
  • Introduction to Research
  • Quality & Reliability in Forest Product Sector
  • Timber Production Management (contd-)

Semester 1:

Business & Finance

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Professional development & wider engagement
  • Thesis
  • Thesis Preparation
  • Timber Product Design for Manufacture

Semester 2:

  • Enterprise Development / Business Process Management
  • Forest Product Sector Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Thesis (contd-)
  • Timber Product Design for Manufacture (contd-)

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere, including

TU312 MSc in Business and Entrepreneurship
TU205 MSc in Sustainable Development
MSc in Energy Management
TU259 CPD Diploma in Fundamentals of Computing

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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