Post-MSc technological design (PDEng) traineeships by Dutch universities of technology catalyse industrial innovation.
What is the PDEng?
The PDEng is a 2 years post Master programme, carried out in close collaboration between academy and industry. The Dutch Government and industries jointly initiated these traineeships in 1986, with the aim to train top talent in design competencies, in business and personal skills, to prepare them as key knowledge workers who strongly contribute to the design of new products and processes, and can boost innovation.The programme is made of a combination of courses and coaching, allowing the trainees to deepen their knowledge, strengthening technical competencies, but also broadening the academic background and better understanding socioeconomic aspects of engineering. Throughout the entire duration of the programme, the trainees receive input from experienced design professionals of the PDEng staff.More than 75% of the PDEng graduates ﬁnd technological challenging and permanent jobs in the Netherlands. The large majority of the PDEng alumni progress their industrial careers in the technology or technology management career track. This is a very positive observation, as traditionally many (MSc) graduates from Dutch universities move into operation management, ﬁnancial or general management roles rather soon in their careers, and stop contributing directly to technological innovations.
PDEng at TUDelft
3 PDEng programmes are offered at the faculty of Applied Sciences of TU Delft: Chemical Product Design, Process & Equipment Design and Bioprocess Engineering. The first year of the traineeship is dedicated to courses and to a Group Design Project, while the second year is entirely focused on the industrial individual Design Project. The trainees have the opportunity to choose the elective part of their study program after approval of the programme coordinators.The objective of the Group Design Project (GDP) of 3 months is to enable the participants to develop their design skills in a real life design case given by an industrial client in teams of 3 to 5 members. The group as a whole is responsible for planning, execution and final outcome of the project. The participants are forced to use their deepened skills of product and process design fundamentals and acquired design skills in an integrated way and they are made aware of other engineering disciplines in the areas between conceptual product and process design and an operational plant. This project is also characterized by intense interaction with design professionals to improve the design and personal skills.All PDEng trainees are carrying out an Individual Design Project (IDP) working at the industrial partner during the second year of their traineeship. The IDP aims for the (re)design of a (bio)chemical product and process or method, including attention for the embedding in the supply chain. It comprises a design problem that requires a novel design for a client, rather than applying already existing designs. The design assignments generally contain research and development aspects and can be part of a larger project.
Trainees are recruited from the top 25% of MSc graduates, with focus on English language proficiency, solid communication skills, teamwork abilities, lateral thinking and creativity capabilities. A group of new trainees is recruited twice a year, for the intakes of September and February.
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