Specialised paper engineers are much in demand and sought after. They are mainly concerned with the production of paper, cardboard and paperboard, the manufacturing of chemical and mechanical pulp, and the treatment of the resource of recovered paper. Also, they are skilled in the entire field of paper production, development of machines for paper manufacturing and refining, and printing technology. Therefore, they work primarily in machinery and plant engineering, process engineering, the chemical industry, manufacturing and processing of materials from renewable resources, and in research and development.
Potential employers for graduates of paper engineering are, for example, corporations in the pulp and paper industry, the paper processing industries such as printing or corrugated board industry, or the supplying industry for mechanical engineering, chemistry and paper machine clothing. However, paper engineers may also choose other career paths than the traditional ones. Examples include careers in marketing or distribution of paper products, employment in creative professions of the advertising industry or in engineering and vocational training professions of the printing or processing industry, or in consulting firms, insurance companies or the patent system.
For this reason, it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way, students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
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