The Aquaculture Engineering Course trains professionals who will contribute to an efficient production of food and derivatives of aquatic origin, at the service of both public and private organizations.
The course has seven large laboratories for research and production (marine fish farming, freshwater fish farming, shrimp farming, mollusc farming, algaculture, pathology and nutrition), as well as two experimental farms for the cultivation of aquatic organisms.
The Aquaculture Engineering course enables students to have an interdisciplinary view of their field of knowledge, in several areas and disciplines:
- Production techniques of the different areas that make up aquaculture;
- Biology, with a scientific focus applied to the taxonomy and morphology of the organisms involved in aquaculture;
- Embryology, larval development, ecophysiology, life cycles, pathology of aquatic organisms;
- Artificial ecosystems used in aquaculture, as well as the natural ecosystems associated with them in relation to their dynamics, their limits of control and manipulation;
- Administration, sociology, economics, entrepreneurship: knowledge to the extent that the exercise of the profession is required;
- Engineering: sufficient knowledge to understand and act in the engineering universe that focuses on aquaculture, particularly with regard to: topography, earthworks (construction of nurseries), construction of channels, hydraulics (pumping, piping, flow, etc.) , structures at sea, aeration systems, energy systems, filtration systems, water quality control systems, sanitary systems, electrical systems, mechanical systems, electronic systems, automated and computer systems, etc.
- Processing technology for products from aquaculture.
The Aquaculture Engineer must be able to:
- Understand the economic, social, political and cultural reality in which aquaculture organizations operate;
- Master the concepts of aquaculture and sustainable development, knowing the rules and regulations for the use of the environment that have a bearing on the development of aquaculture, and the mechanisms to mitigate the environmental and social impact of the activity.
- Apply the concepts, principles, methods and techniques of aquaculture in concrete situations at the different hierarchical levels of state or private aquaculture organizations;
- Acting with awareness of the role it plays in society, contributing to socio-economic development, observing ethics and law;
- Identify and research the fields of performance of the Aquaculture Engineer both current and future;
- Design, plan and evaluate methodologies and techniques applicable to the cultivation of marine, freshwater and brackish water organisms;
- Plan, direct and design companies for the production of aquatic organisms for commercial purposes;
- Conduct research aimed at developing, innovating or perfecting cultivation techniques and improving the quality of cultivated organisms.
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