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Mechanical Engineering

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Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
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Italian Classification: 
LM33 - Ingegneria meccanica
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Course Overview

The training course includes the following disciplinary areas, grouped in homogeneous themes corresponding to the main professional figures traditionally covered by mechanical and mechatronic engineers:

  • modeling and numerical methodologies;
  • mechatronics;
  • structural design;
  • fluid machines;
  • production systems;
  • energy.

The training path is divided into two years and is differentiated into three curricula.

The first year is the same for all three paths. The second year, is divided into three curricula:

  1. Advanced mechanical design;
  2. Mechatronics and manufacturing;
  3. Energy and Enviroment.

The course ends with a thesis that may concern design activities or applied research activities in order to demonstrate not only the mastery of the topics studied but also the ability to address new issues and operate independently within an industrial or research structure.
During the training course there is the possibility to spend a period of study, a thesis preparation and a stage at foreign universities, through Erasmus+ or other programs.
In relation to these purposes, the training path is developed by providing students with specific skills on:

  • acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge for the design of mechanical and mechatronic systems;
  • design of mechanical systems through FEM numerical simulation;
  • characterization of materials and mechanical components through laboratory tests and non-destructive testing methods;
  • realization of components with additive manufacturing rapid prototyping techniques;
  • mechatronics of mechanical systems, systems for robotics and industrial automation, modeling of multibody and automotive systems, planning and control of mechanical systems;
  • study of internal combustion engines, renewable energy sources, energy technology systems, energy management and environmental impact;
  • the organization and control of production;
  • the optimization of industrial processes, also considering production and management aspects;
  • the automation of production systems;
  • the information and computer supports for the design of mechanical systems.

The skills acquired by graduates concern:

  • the ability to solve complex technical problems and formulate innovative solutions;
  • the ability to design, organize and manage complex and/or innovative processes;
  • the ability to communicate and relate within technical and productive organizations.

Job Opportunities

The ability to identify, formulate and solve complex problems, also in an innovative way, allows Master's graduates in Mechanical Engineering a wide range of employment opportunities in national and international contexts, also with coordination responsibilities and with very diverse tasks, mainly within engineering companies, mechanical and mechatronic, metallurgical and electromechanical industries, companies and bodies for energy conversion, automation industries, manufacturing companies for production, companies for the maintenance and management of machines, public bodies or public participation in technical functions.

In addition, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering can take up as a freelance professional in both design and industrial management consultancy activities.

The learn-by-doing approach promoted by the MSC enables the graduates to be fully operational after just short training times in their professional profiles, in the fields of mechanics, mechatronics and energy engineering. 

The multidisciplinary education of our graduates gives them the flexibility to adapt to the different professional needs required by the international world of work.

The scientific level of our graduates already proved to be suitable for continuing their studies within the framework of mechanics-related PhD programs in Italy and in prestigious Universities abroad (e.g. Oxford-UK, Columbus-USA, Gent-Belgium).