The Forest Engineering Program prepares professionals with the necessary skills to: promote development through the correct management and use of Brazilian forests, encourage social development with impact on national resource dependent communities, and to contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and environmental balance through research and outreach activities. Strategically placed in a region of great economical and historical background on the use of forest resources in Brazil, the program allows students the opportunity of contact with different sectors of their professional activity.
Profile of the Graduates
The Forest Engineer graduated from UFSC should be able to face the challenges of the contemporary world with a wide-ranging and solid academic-scientific formation that allows for the broadening of knowledge and competencies, a critical spirit, and an ethical, social and political understanding which contribute to the solution of ever more complex problems in Forest Engineering.
From the point of view of the professional practice, Forest Engineering graduates are protected in Brazil by Law no. 5,194 from 1966, which regulates the practice of Engineering, Architecture and Agriculture. In addition to that, the Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agriculture (CONFEA) passes resolutions to regulate the application of the provisions set forth in the Law. The main highlight of Law 5,194/66 is that it characterizes the professions according to their achievements of social and human interest (article 1), besides the professional practice regulation.
The field of Forest Engineering is sought by people who find that working in offices or laboratories is not enough and look for jobs that combine high technology and outdoor activities. Thus, there are three main fields of work for the forest engineer:
Forest Production: it includes the preparation, maintenance, management and use of forest plantations and natural forests. This involves the study of seeds, seedling production techniques, genetic improvement, plantation establishment, measurements and monitoring, fire protection and biotic agents, wood harvesting and transportation, agroforestry and other aspects of forest production.
Applied Ecology: it is an important area, due to the multiple challenges posed by the need to better understand ecosystems in order to reconcile human development and biodiversity conservation. The study of flora, climate and soils, wildlife and watershed management, recovery of degraded areas, parks, natural areas and urban ecosystems management are, among others, the fields of knowledge required to face these challenges.
Forest Products Technology: it is related to the transformation of raw materials (tree and non-timber products) into many different products, the development of industrial processes, the studies of suitability of raw material for industrial use, the technological studies on the chemistry of pulp and paper production processes, the technologies for development and use of forest products, the technological characterization of wood based on anatomical, physical and mechanical properties, the use of forest biomass for energy production, and the quality control and management in the timber industry.
10 semesters (5 years)
+55 48 3721-4170