Cranfield launches sustainable manufacturing course

Posted on 12 May 2009 by The Manufacturer

The vocational and engineering led Cranfield University has announced the initiation of a new Masters degree course in sustainable manufacturing.

The Bedfordshire based post-graduate institution said the course aims to satisfy an increasing demand for skilled professionals with the ability to blend manufacturing operations concepts with the values and techniques required to minimise environmental impact.

Dr Peter Ball, course director for the MSc Sustainable Manufacturing, said: “Whilst there is increasing focus in industry on the adoption of low carbon technologies and on measuring the carbon footprint of operations, there is a lack of skills and knowledge in applying current manufacturing techniques around emerging technologies to become low carbon.”

The introduction of the course was welcomed by Mike South, director of Jonathan Lee Recruitment Group, who said his firm often have trouble finding applicants with a deep enough understanding of sustainability to fill some specialist vacancies.

“This course is a pioneering step forward, and its students will undoubtedly make a major contribution to developing greater sustainability in industry,” said South.

The course begins in October of this year with full-time and part-time options available.