The mission and goals of the Mechanical Engineering programme is to prepare engineers to perform a wide and varied range of jobs in the job market and rapidly adapt to changing professional needs.
The programme provides a solid basic, scientific, technical/applied and economic foundation that will also pave the way for acquiring deeper knowledge should it become necessary during one's career as an engineer.
Mechanical engineers handle the planning, creation, use and management of machines (whether these machines are separate or part of a system), and therefore need to have in-depth technical training in the construction of machines, energy transformation in machines, the materials used for building machines, fluid mechanics, processing technologies, design, the means and services relative to machine operation, measurement and control of dimensions and performance and the foundations of industrial automation.
The programme material is taught through traditional lectures and laboratories of various kinds. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended. Teaching is divided into:
- classroom lectures on basic and more theoretical subjects;
- classroom practicals with a focus on the more applicative material.
Some courses also include:
- experimental laboratories for carrying out and analysing experimental tests;
- computer laboratories for formulating and resolving the examples presented during the practicals.
The structure and aims of the Mechanical Engineering programme are highly innovative and based on an educational path that progressively leads to the following degrees:
- The Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science), for which 180 University Credits (ECTS) are required. The 'normal' period of study for the Laurea is 3 years. Graduates with the three-year degree are university-trained technicians able to develop projects and manage established industrial procedures that do not require complex or innovative engineering skills. After obtaining the Laurea, students may continue their training in a Laurea Magistrale programme (equivalent to a Master of Science), specializing courses or a first-level Specializing Master;
- The Laurea Magistrale requires acquisition of 120 University Credits (ECTS). The 'normal' period of study for the Laurea Magistrale is 2 years, after completion of the three-year Laurea. Graduates with a Laurea Magistrale are capable of independently developing the functional, construction and energy-related aspects of innovative products, processes and systems in the industrial and advanced services sectors After obtaining the Laurea Magistrale degree, students may continue their training in a doctoral programme, specializing courses or a second-level Specializing Master;
- The PhD is awarded upon completion of a three-year programme following completion of the Laurea Magistrale. PhD holders not only have the training and skills of the specialised graduate but are also able to independently lead and organise applied research projects.