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Department of
Knitwear Engineering (KE)

The long-standing trend of producing knitwear and sweaters in Bangladesh or, accordingly, of selling such knit goods abroad has resulted in knit design, knitting, knitwear manufacturing industries and their allied textile industries having an ever greater demand for graduates who possess the interfacial skills and competencies needed and, plus the required English language skills.

Bachelor of Science in Knitwear Engineering (abbreviated as B.Sc. in KE) degree to be offered by the Department of Knitwear Engineering at BUFT aims to produce students by making them capable of fulfilling that greater need to some extent.

The program has been designed with the philosophy and goal to provide individuals with an environment in which personal and professional aspirations can be fulfilled.The program allows students to foster their interest at an advanced level, by exploration and experimentation with new approaches to knit fabric design, manufacturing and garmenting, within a dynamic community, supported by professional staffing facilities, contemporary studio space and modern technical resources.

The program offered supports graduates all the way who wish to enhance and further develop as design and manufacturing specialists, within the field of knit fabric design, knit fabric manufacturing, and knitwear design & manufacturing engineering. In addition, the program also encourages students with demonstrated creative ability who wish to update or develop specialist skills. The program is structured keeping in view the present and future requirements of Bangladesh Knitting Industries.

The ever-growing developments in yarn, texture, color, materials and composition have given an advantage to the technique of knitting to the extent that knitted fabrics have started replacing woven fabrics. The specialization requires the students to work on state-of-the-art machines like; computerized flatbed machines such as Shima Seiki, Universal and Stoll. The students are also exposed to the techniques and variants in the Circular Knitting manufacturing techniques, possible structure developments, surface treatment, processing and garmenting. Continuous interactions with the industries and visits to leading manufacturing units not only create an enriching learning environment for the students but also widen the horizons of their experience. The graduates are equipped with competent technical knowledge, thereby making them able to anticipate and address the concerns and issues of the emerging manufacturing principles.

Keeping this high demand of experts and skilled workforce in mind, BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology introduced a department, Department of Knitwear Engineering which offers an undergraduate program that develops in the students the ability to make intelligent business-like decisions with prudence.

Vision of the department

To educate our graduates with the required competence of process optimization, research and product development and industrial management in the fields of knitting and knitwear manufacturing technology to evolve into a globally integrated technical department contributing towards technical education.

Mission Statement

M 1: The department seeks to produce globally competent graduates by providing in-depth knowledge to its students to educate them with the required competence to foster graduates intrinsic and extrinsic ideas taking full creative control over the design and creation of fabrics, garments products for fashion or interiors, process optimization, research, and product development. Additionally, achieve skills for effective communication, use of IT tools, quality & engineering management, and working in multi-disciplinary teams.

M 3: The department strives to impart education to our graduates with the required competence in the fields of knitting and knitwear manufacturing technology so that they can participate in the social, moral and economic developments of our nation.

M 4: The department would like to enable other academic disciplines partially and to expand horizons of the mechatronics engineering, economic growth, humanities and social sciences through academics, research and technological innovations in knitwear and their allied textile sectors.

Program of Study

The study of Bachelor of Science in Knitwear Engineering aims at producing graduates who specialize in the study area of knitting and knitwear with interfacial skills and competencies to meet the greater demand of knitwear and their allied textile sectors in Bangladesh. The program particularly focuses on the strengthening of key engineering functions of knit garment industries and understanding industrial engineering and ergonomic techniques. Emphasis is also given on production, planning, control and management practices applicable in the knitting and knit garment industries.

Students acquire comprehensive knowledge and insights in the field of knitting, knitwear manufacturing, relevant textile engineering, and gain important management and leadership qualifications. They also acquire cross-disciplinary problem-solving competencies and optimized language skills by attending courses and internships taught in English. The program additionally gives them an insight into various foreign mentalities, as well as intercultural knowledge. The curriculum is imparted through an interdisciplinary thrust for systematic learning.

The program is broken into a series of semesters. A total of eight academic semesters and a total of 145* credits. each comprising a set of subjects and learning experiences. The degree program is completed with an 8-week internship which the students do in a company, followed by the production of a dissertation, offered to the students to help them enhance their personality and develop interests in specific areas like values, personality development and character building, soft skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, and professional ethics. The program trains young professionals for the highly diverse and versatile range of technical and business administration tasks in knitwear and their allied textile sectors in Bangladesh.. Studies also focus on specialized fields executive management positions in the fields of knit product design, knit product manufacturing and knit business management.

Knitwear Engineering
B. Sc. in KE (Code: 841)

The study of Bachelor of Science in Knitwear Engineering aims at producing graduates who specialize in the study area of knitting and knitwear with interfacial skills and competencies to meet the greater demand of knitwear and their allied textile sectors in Bangladesh. The program particularly focuses on the strengthening of key engineering functions of knit garment industries and understanding industrial engineering and ergonomic techniques. Emphasis is also given on production, planning, control and management practices applicable in the knitting and knit garment industries.

Profile of the program
  • Name of the Degree: Bachelor of Science in Knitwear Engineering, abbreviated as B. Sc. in KE
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Number of credits: 145
  • Courses Start: Spring (January) & Fall (July) each year
  • Standard time to attain the Degree: Four years (eight semesters, six months each)
  • Minimum grade to attain the Degree: 2.50 in a scale of 4.00

Students acquire comprehensive knowledge and insights in the field of knitting, knitwear manufacturing, relevant textile engineering, and gain important management and leadership qualifications. They also acquire cross-disciplinary problem-solving competencies and optimized language skills by attending courses and internships taught in English. The program additionally gives them an insight into various foreign mentalities, as well as intercultural knowledge.

The program also focuses on strengthening of key engineering functions of knit garment industries and understanding of industrial engineering and ergonomic techniques. Emphasis is also given on production, planning, control and management practices applicable in the knitting and knit garment industries.

Accreditation of the Program

The program offered by the department of Knitwear Engineering has been designed by reunion textile academics as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, accordingly has been verified and approved by the proper authority nominated by the UGC.

Subjects Taught

The B. Sc. in KE program consists of:

# Areas No. of Courses Credits Percentage
1 Deepening Specialization 07 16.00 11.03%
2 Majors 36 73.00 50.34%
3 Interdisciplinary Minors 12 18.00 12.42%
4 General Electives 16 38.00 26.21%
Total 71 145.00 100.00%

TIncreased industry interaction for students through project work, live projects, study visits, lectures and briefings, technical demonstrations, knitting and manufacturing workshops, studio and IT workshops, seminars, tutorials, peer and self-evaluations, presentations, teamwork and part transaction in industry environment is the focus of the structured OBE curriculum. The contact hours are regulated to around 24 hours per week, giving increased time for tutorials, practical sessions, studio practices, group works and self-study to the students.

The degree program is completed with an 8-week in-plant training/internship which the students do in any textile or allied industry or a company, followed by the production of a Bachelor's Thesis/Final Year Project.

Core courses (extract)

Polymer Science & Engineering

Fiber Science & Engineering

Engineering Drawing

Yarn Manufacturing Engineering

Woven & Non-woven Fabric Manufacturing Engineering

Basic Weft Knitting Mechanisms

Fully-fashioned Knitwear Design & Manufacturing Engineering

Knit Fabric Structure & Design Analysis

Knitting Calculations

Special Weft Knitting & Warp Knitting Mechanisms

Advanced Knitting Mechanisms

Soft Computing Techniques in Knitting

Dyeing & Finishing Technology

Textile Testing & Quality Control

Textile Printing Technology

Global Knitwear Business & Bangladesh’s Strength

Knitwear Merchandising & Sourcing

Knitwear Manufacturing Engineering

Environmental & Social Compliances in Knitwear Industries

Advances in Knitwear Manufacturing Engineering

Knitwear Testing & Quality Management

Research Methodology

Sustainability in Textile Value Chain

High Performance Fibers

Product Development & Re-engineering

Technical & Medical Textiles

Advanced Knitting Mechanics

Personality Development & Character Building


Sciences & Allied Engineering (extract)

Chemistry

Mathematics

Physics

Statistics

Professional Computer Literacy

Mechanical Engineering & Machine Design

Production Planning & Control

Industrial Engineering in Knitwear Manufacturing

Ergonomics & safety Management

Computer Aided Graphic Design


Business & Humanities (extract)

English

Bangladesh Studies: Emergence of Bangladesh

Bangla Bhasha

Corporate Social Responsibilities


Internship, Dissertation & Viva

Industrial Attachment

Dissertation

Comprehensive Viva

Program Education Objectives [PEOs]

The educational objectives of B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering program are as follows:

PEO 1: Graduates of B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering program will develop their creative potential through developing technical and design skills, including innovative digital knit processes that are in high demand in the textile industry and learn to adopt responsibilities in any positions such as product development through CAD programming, ware-house management, technical services, quality assurance, marketing, planning and MIS at ready-made garment industries, textiles and allied sectors.
PEO 2: Graduates of B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering program will become successful entrepreneurs/business partners through the research, design and development of a wide range of applications, which helps further the state's economic growth by developing innovative ideas with creativity, imagination, confidence, expansion of existing family business/product diversification and translating them into commercial products that benefit society, industry development as well.
PEO 3: Graduates of B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering program will be engaged in life-long learning, leadership/collaborative roles in their careers and professional development through participation/resource persons/ publications in conferences, workshops, seminars or pursue specialized studies in technical and engineering domains.

Program Learning Outcomes [PLOs]

B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering graduates will be able to:

Professional PLOs
PLO 1: Depth and breadth of Technical knowledge: Apply the contemporary knowledge of mathematics, science, technical fundamentals, and a technical specialization to the solution of complex apparel manufacturing technological problems such as production prediction, manpower requirement estimation, lead-time calculation, costing and pricing.
PLO 2: Problem analysis: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex technical problems by applying principles of technical knowledge, science, and mathematics.
PLO 3: Research and scholarship: The ability to conceptualize, design, and implement research for the generation of new knowledge, applications, or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the research design or methodology in the light of unforeseen problems
PLO 4: Application of Knowledge: Competence in the application of an existing body of knowledge to the critical analysis of a new question or specific problem or issue in a new setting.
PLO 5: Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex technical problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
PLO 6: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
PLO 7: Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern technology and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex technical activities with an understanding of the limitations.
Societal PLOs
PLO 8: The technologist and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional technical practices.
PLO 9: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional technical solutions in societal and environmental contexts, demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
Personal PLOs
PLO 10: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities, and norms of the technical practices.
PLO 11: Individual and teamwork: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
PLO 12: Level of communication skills: Communicate effectively on complex technical activities with the technical community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
PLO 13: Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the technical and management principles and apply these to one’s work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
PLO 14: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Program Specific Outcomes [PSOs]

B.Sc. in Knitwear Engineering graduates will be able to:

PSO 1: Implicate the sound fundamental of basic sciences viz. mathematics, physics, chemistry, and technical fundamentals/technical specialization to apply them for engineering problem i.e process optimization, value analysis, product quality improvement in the field of textile sector, and prepare students for higher education and research in the chosen field.
PSO 2: Attain excellence in product design, complex engineering problems, and manufacturing systems by acquiring knowledge about advanced software tools and estimating the optimum resources doing exact design, analysis, and fabrication of components used in the field of fibers, yarns, fabrics, and garments as per the end uses.