Sustainable Materials and Building Wood Revitalized
As sustainable building materials become more sought after and mainstream, the demand for professionals with the appropriate skills and expertise will continue to rise. You’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in an array of industries ranging from work with light-frame construction, forest engineering, log transport systems and wood building design to bio-materials and bio-fuels development and manufaturing. Sample positions include:
- Forest engineer or manager
- Reneweable materials manufacturing marketing supervisor
- Biomaterials products designer or team lead
- Production and operations manager
- Structural engineer or designer
- Technical representative
A Renewable Revolution
Nearly 80 percent of the materials going into the construction of a home in the U.S. are wood-based. In the U.S. alone every man, woman, and child consumes over 2,000 pounds of wood per year in the form of various products. This is good for business and for the environment because wood is renewable!
As the costs of petroleum-based fuels increase, alternative sources of fuel are being increasingly sought. As a renewable materials student, you can choose to study the technology behind the development of bio-based fuels from sustainable materials such as forest and agricultural residue.
Internships are an important component of your educational experience because these opportunities give you insight into the practical, every-day world of renewable materials professionals. The right internship can help you tailor your studies and become better prepared to make an immediate impact in your chosen career after graduation.
Making a Difference in the Field
A number of our students have earned internships and permanent positions at prominent organizations throughout the Northwest and beyond. You can also contact us @uidaho.edu for support in securing an internship and ensuring opportunities meet educational requirements.