Objectives of the Process and Equipment Design programme

To enhance the level of technological competence in the Netherlands, the Ministries of Education and of Economic Affairs initiated a National Educational Programme for Technological Design. Now part of the 4TU.School for Technological Design, the four Dutch technical universities have offered these two-year post-MSc design programmes at the doctorate level for over 30 years.

In 1990, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) started the Process and Equipment Design post-masterā€™s degree programme and, as of 2023, 250 EngD graduates have completed this programme.

The advanced-level programme trains and educates MSc graduates to become certified designers, capable of designing innovative, fit-for-purpose products, processes and equipment. It aims to develop the design skills of the trainees to an advanced level. Emphasis lies on the multi-disciplinary area of the design. It encourages the trainees to actively look beyond the perimeters of their own discipline and recognise the challenges and restrictions imposed by product and raw material supply chains, environment, time and money.

The knowledge of the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) trainees is broadened by:

  • Studying the latest developments from related technical areas and fields other than engineering and natural sciences
  • Emphasising the multi-disciplinary context of the technological design (in teamwork, in breadth of knowledge)
  • Integrating knowledge from industrial sciences

Knowledge is deepened by studying a number of specialised subjects, focused on product and process design methodologies and tools, which are the core of the programme.
Recent theories and developments in materials and process technologies for the energy transition and circular chemistry transitions are covered. The acquired knowledge is integrated by working on industrially relevant design case studies during the programme. These case studies enhance the interactions between engineering disciplines (chemical, mechanical, control) and improve the understanding of economic and management aspects of product, process and equipment design and operation. 
Teamwork and personal and project management are essential elements of the programmeā€™s training and coaching, as explained below.

The personal interactions and peer/staff reviews during the traineeship accelerate the development of essential professional competencies. These include the improvement of organisational and planning approaches to solving engineering issues, the development of group leadership potential, and the enhancement of oral and written communication skills. Because the EngD trainees are regularly exposed to situations in which they must adopt a position of advocacy on diverse issues, they achieve considerable growth in their professional maturity within a relatively short period.

The programmeā€™s Engineering Doctorate (EngD) graduates are well equipped to develop their careers in the product and process industry (energy sectors, base and speciality chemicals, circularity in chemicals, metallurgical, food industry, pharma and others), as engineering contractors in process plant and equipment engineering, and in construction and technological research institutes. The breadth of their training and coaching ensures that they pursue an innovation and application-oriented career. 

The programme prepares participants for careers as professional engineers. The learning objectives of the EngD programme are laid down in Article 5 of the TU Delft Regulation on Engineering Doctorate

PDEng programs of 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute