Students intending to enrol in the Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering must possess either a 4/5-year diploma of an upper secondary school, or an equivalent certificate attained in a foreign country and considered suitable.
Students intending to enrol in this Degree Course must have a good level of reading literacy and be able to summarise written texts; they must have an aptitude for a methodological approach, and knowledge of the fundamental notions of mathematics, physics and chemistry.
The Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering trains students to carry out a variety of tasks, through an educational provision supplying students with an adequate scientific and technical-application scaffolding, which will allow the development of the knowledge and competences required by this particular professional profile.
Mechanical engineers will be in charge of a project, of the production process of products, and the use of the products themselves (both singularly and as part of a system); and also of the tools and services necessary to operate them. Therefore, mechanical engineers must have a thorough technical competence in machine construction, with particular reference to their functioning and components durability. They must have an in-depth knowledge of energy transformation in machines, of the materials to develop machines, of fluid dynamics, machine work, technical drawing, as a key element for product design; of the tools and services related to the functioning of machines, and of dimension and performance control.
The Degree Course in Mechanical Engineering is based on the methodological rigour characterising scientific subjects. Thanks to this rigour and to the time students devote to self-study activities, students develop competences and comprehension skills, including the knowledge of the most up-to-date issues. Most of the subjects of this Degree Course include laboratory activities and classroom exercises, which aim to highlight the students ability to select, elaborate and interpret data from different industrial contexts. The final test students will take, offers a further opportunity for development and assessment of their analysis skills, and ability to elaborate and communicate the task they have been asked to carry out.
The teaching approach of all the subjects is based on the combination of theory and practice, thanks to exemplifications, applications, individual and group activities, assessments stimulating the students active participation and involvement, as well as the students autonomous development of tasks and communication of results. Self-study has a crucial role for students to re-elaborate the information they have acquired and to concretely assess their command of knowledge.
Recognition of prior learning will be assessed case by case, based on the specific educational objectives of the Degree Course.
To obtain the Degree in Mechanical engineering, students are required to pass a final test, aiming to assess their technical-scientific and professional competence. This is based on the preparation of a paper or a technical report on a project the students have already dealt with during their studies or internship.
As for career opportunities, SMEs, also located within the regional territory, have shown particular interest in this professional profile (junior engineer).
The main positions this Degree Course aims at are in the fields of: mechanical and electromagnetic industries; enterprises and bodies dealing with energy conversion; plant engineering companies; automation and robotics industries; manufacturing companies for the production, installation, testing, maintenance and management of machines, lines and production departments, complex systems.
According to the ISTAT classifications, a degree in Mechanical Engineering allows graduates to access the group of technical jobs, classified by ISTAT as Group III, 1. The graduate in mechanical engineering may have access the intellectual positions in 18.104.22.168.
The Degree Course is aimed at the following positions:
Mechanical engineer (22.214.171.124.1)
Energy and nuclear engineer (126.96.36.199.4)
Graduates can access: Second Level Degree Courses, First Level Postgraduate Courses, Advanced Education Courses.
Exams can include either oral or written and oral tests. If grading is required, assessment of students performance is expressed through a Pass Grading on a 30 point scale.
Students will pass the exam if the grading obtained is no lower than 18/30. Upon unanimous judgment of the Examining Board, students can be awarded a vote of 30/30 with distinction. Grading for the assessment of students performance for learning activities other than courses may not require the awarding of marks, in such cases, only a successful completion assessment is awarded to students.
On average, at least one exam session is scheduled for each course at the end of the teaching activity and two extra sessions included between the end of the last session of the current academic year and the beginning of the teaching activities of the subsequent academic year.
Students who are regularly enrolled, have paid tuition fees and who are in line with course attendance levels, can sit for the performance assessment of all attended learning activities.
In each session, students who have regularly paid tuition fees can sit for exams with no restrictions in number whatsoever, provided that they possess a statement of attendance to courses and that such courses are over.
Students who have been awarded the total of credits as set forth in the Educational Schedule, and as required in their curriculum except for credits that have to be awarded for the Bachelor final can sit for the Bachelor final, provided that they have paid all tuition fees. Students who have obtained the minimum mark of sixty-six out of one hundred and ten will pass the Bachelor final. The highest mark that can be awarded to students is 110/110 with honour.
In addition to the more traditional full-time approach to study, a specific part-time educational course has been developed for students. Such course is organised according to an average commitment of students corresponding to the award of 30 credits per year.
President of the Degree Course