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GENERAL INFORMATION

Cement Engineering is an interdisciplinary graduate program aiming to provide the engineers with the necessary knowledge and technical background desired by the cement industry. The program has been proposed and backed by the Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TÇMB) representing the Turkish cement industry. The industry, being one the largest of its kind in the World based on the capacity and annual production of its 39 factories and 18 grinding plants, usually ranks within the top three in Europe and top eight in the World. It employs around 8400 people including about 1500 engineers and technical personnel and also provides jobs to some 4600 people belonging to various contractors in the factories.

Currently most of the engineers employed in the cement industry have either chemical or mechanical engineering degrees. On the other hand, the manufacturing of cement involves various stages such as the evaluation and mining of the raw materials - mainly limestone and clay - and later, crushing, grinding, proportioning and calcining them. In modern cement plants all the operations are carried with electromechanical and electronic remote control systems. Continuous quality control is maintained over the production and the environmental regulations are strictly followed. Thus, manufacturing of cement is an interdisciplinary activity related not only to chemical and mechanical engineering but also to mining, geological, electrical, industrial, environmental, and civil engineering fields.

Being aware of the interdisciplinary nature of cement manufacturing, Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TÇMB) has defined a “cement engineer” preferred by the industry, as “An engineer who possesses the minimum technical and administrative knowledge related to all of the stages of cement manufacturing, from mining the raw materials to the utilization of cement”. The graduate program on cement engineering is designed to raise such engineers and to fulfill the needs of the cement industry. Therefore, the aim of the Middle East Technical University Cement Engineering Graduate Program is to prepare skilled students to pursue successful professional careers in the cement industry. However, it is anticipated that the graduates of this program will not only be preferred by the cement industry but with their background, they will also have better job opportunities in similar industries such as concrete, lime, gypsum, ceramics, brick and tile industries.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

M.S. Program in Cement Engineering aims to equip the students with a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects related to various stages of cement manufacturing and utilizing cement, both at technical and at administrative levels. In particular, the program aims to provide the students with:
• Basic knowledge on chemistry and manufacturing of cement; Constitution of cement components and their phase relations, calcination reactions in rotary kiln, energy and material balance, hydration reactions and products,
• Basic knowledge on types, standards and quality control of cement and cement –based materials (mostly concrete) and their utilization,
• An understanding of the characteristics of cement raw materials in relation to cement production and quality, methods of extracting, crushing and grinding the raw materials like clay and limestone,
• Basic knowledge on power distribution network and process automation in cement plants, computer aided process and quality control systems, plant air and water networks, mechanical aspects for mills and kilns
• Basic knowledge on sustainable developments in cement industry and general management systems for cement plant operation.
• An ability to work in various parts of a cement plant at technical or at administrative levels to perform the required tasks efficiently with considerations of energy-saving and environmental issues,
• An ability to develop a vision for the future developments in the plant, to detect the technical and administrative shortcomings and propose solutions for them.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission priority is based on the assessment of the applicant’s capacity to pursue the program. Consideration is given to applicant’s undergraduate record (CGPA), Graduate Selection Examination (LES) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score, letters of references, and English Proficiency.



   



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