Introductory Module of the Lightweight Professional Course

Event date: 
Tuesday 17 September - 9:00 am to Thursday 19 September - 6:00 pm
Campus Heverlee, Kasteelpark Arenberg 41, Heverlee

Course description and goals

This basic level module is directed at industrial employees: managers as well as engineers and technical staff members. Guided by the concept of the T-shaped professional, the basic level courses give an overview of lightweight construction guidelines, lightweight materials, cost- and life-cycle -assessment methodologies.

The course combines e-learning (2.5 days) with classroom training (2.5 days). The course is in English.

You will learn how to identify and differentiate the crucial steps for the development of a lightweight product, from the initial requirement list and the general solutions to the overall design and product documentation.

After successful completion of the basic level "Introductory Module" (IM) of the lightweight professional training courses, participants are able to:

  • Identify and differentiate the different steps in the process to develop a product in order to critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of lightweight design for specific cases and different materials.
  • Identify company key figures and components to develop products using lightweight approach (designers, buyers, quality personal…)


Course content

Environmental impact of lightweight construction: socio-political background, governmental (European) strategies, ecobalance, need for recycling and circular economy, marketing issues

Definition of Lightweight design and strategies, design process

Design guidelines in lightweight product development

Materials knowledge related to properties and processes

Health and safety issues

Manufacturing specifics, cost-value ratio

Supply chain: definition of criteria to identify reliable suppliers

Planning and management


Next level modules

The basic level module is the first level of the lightweight professional training, and is followed by advanced level and expert level training. Advanced level training provides specialized instruction on different lightweight materials. Expert level courses, based on the knowledge acquired in former levels, will offer additional transversal perspectives. While the basic level module is designed both for managers, engineers and technical staff, the advanced and expert modules are targeted at technical specialists.



All levels offer certification according to DIN EN ISO 17024. The certificates confirm that successful participants have acquired expertise and practical knowledge in the relevant area.

The event is organized with the support of EIT Raw Materials (, within the LightRight project consortium (

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