The Faculty of Foundry Engineering was established in the academic year 1951/1952 as a result of dividing the Metallurgical Faculty.
The faculty has two specialisation paths: casting and technology, and machinery and mechanical engineering. Currently, the faculty educates experts in the broad area of casting techniques, and is the only faculty of this profile and scope of teaching in the structures of higher education in Poland and Europe.
Contemporary foundry engineering is heading towards the improvement of the quality of castings, lowering energy consumption and the use of materials in production processes, as well as reducing the environmental impact of foundries. It is achieved by means of reducing the amount of waste materials and creating closed-circuit systems for material distribution and energy flows.
Graduates of the faculty are well prepared for the requirements of the contemporary industry and they successfully cope with designing and introducing new technologies, as well as managing production plants. The faculty maintains regular contact with companies operating in the field of foundry engineering with regard to work placements and work experience for students, as well as employment opportunities for graduates.
Alongside the development of new technologies, the profile of education also changes. In the academic year 2011/2012, in collaboration with the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, the faculty launched a new field of study – Virtotechnology, which in the academic year 2017/2018 changed into the faculty-offered field of study Computer Aided Process Engineering. Graduates in this field of study, thanks to knowledge and skills in the area of metal processing, material technologies, computer science, economics, and environmental protection, stand out with their creative approach to issues connected with the virtualisation of technological processes and the unconstrained use of IT tools for the purpose of solving technological problems. The increased availability of 3D technologies has resulted in supplementing the programmes of study with issues related to reverse engineering.
In response to the needs of the market, in the academic year 2019/2020 the faculty launched a new field of study – Materials and Technologies for Automotive Industry. A rapid development of the automotive industry and the characteristics of this manufacturing sector require educating even more specialised engineers. New, rapidly developing and frequently changing materials used by the automotive industry, i.e. new alloys, composites, plastics, and the associated development of technologies related to the production of components for motor vehicles, to a large extent with the use of advanced casting technologies, create demand for new specialists, engineers for the automotive industry. This sector is already implementing the vision of Industry 4.0, which is based on the application of information technologies to carrying out, monitoring, and supervising manufacturing processes.
Employees of the Faculty of Foundry Engineering collaborate extensively with a number of Polish and international scientific research centres, universities, and science institutions. The faculty collaborates with industry on various levels, and the map of the locations of foundries and enterprises with which the Faculty of Foundry Engineering has collaborated covers practically the whole area of Poland.
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