Students who possess curricular requirements and have suitable personal knowledge can enrol in the Second Level Degree Course in Energy Engineering.
Any curricular supplements must be fulfilled before the personal knowledge assessment test.
The Second Level Degree Course in Energy Engineering aims at training highly qualified technicians able to work in the fields of advanced design, innovation and development of production, planning and programming, management of complex systems both as self-employed professionals, and as employees in manufacturing and service companies, or in the public administration.
Second level graduates in Energy Engineering will have specific competences in the field of energy production, conservation, optimization and management, which will be aimed at the design of complex energy systems, both traditional and innovative, with special reference to renewable energies, their measurement and performance.
The professional profile of second level graduates in Energy Engineering is characterized by the following knowledge and skills:
- Theoretical and scientific knowledge of mathematics, of other basic sciences and information technology, so as to identify and describe complex engineering problems for the solution of which an interdisciplinary approach is required;
- Knowledge of the technical and scientific aspect of engineering in general, with special attention to the aspects related to Energy Engineering, and the ability to identify, formulate and solve, even in an innovative way, complex problems requiring interdisciplinary approach, knowledge of the context and transversal skills;
- Ability to conceive, plan, design and manage complex and innovative systems, processes and services;
- Ability to design and manage highly complex experiments.
The educational programme of the Second Level Degree in Energy Engineering requiring preliminary basic learning of Technical Physics, Fluid Machines and Electrical Systems, starts with an in-depth study of energetic and exergetic analyses of components and plants and with the study of the various fossil and renewable energy sources and their rational use. The Course, therefore, provides specific skills for the specialist analysis of the various modes of heat exchange, also in biphasic fluids, and of the fluid dynamic problems of machines. Within the above described teaching framework, the focus on analytical relations and on the solutions to single problems of physics is followed by applications with the use of the most common commercial numerical codes and by laboratory experiences on more traditional and updated measurement techniques. The basic knowledge of energy engineers is completed with the study of the dynamic behaviour of continuous-time linear and time-invariant systems, and of the feedback control of linear and time-invariant systems, and with the analysis of data collection systems and of industrial automation actuators, with special attention to hydraulic components and control systems.
The educational programme is completed with specialist focus on peculiar issues of specific fields of application of Energy Engineering. First of all, the problems of energy generation and distribution are dealt with and, for this purpose, the following aspects are analysed: the process of chemical industry for the production of hydrogen and alternative fuels; production of the different types of fuel cells and their performance; management of electric systems for the production, transmission and industrial use of electric power, as well as problems related to the energy market; plants electric power generation through gas-turbine in modern combined cycle power plants; use of solar energy through thermal and PV collectors, use of wind and hydroelectric power. In addition to the aspects of power generation, power rational use and energy saving issues are also dealt with. In the light of this approach, the following aspects are thoroughly analysed: problems connected with Building Energetics and the design of heating and air conditioning systems; acoustics and lighting technology with analysis of measurement and computer aided design methods and tools; the study of Internal Combustion Engines, with an in-depth analysis of the processes having an impact on performance, consumption and emissions; the use of operating fluids in industrial production cycles with special reference to plant and safety-related issues.
Courses focussing on specific issues and of undoubtful interest will be delivered among the optional subjects of the student s choice, such as issues related to mathematical models and operational research techniques for materials and logistics systems management, as well as to the experimental survey of machine features and to the use of modern software/hardware tools in research or industrial laboratories.
The achievement of expected learning outcomes is assessed mainly through exams and project discussions, but also through the feedback from graduates and companies hiring them. Students must be able to choose, decide and assume responsibilities. Judgment skills and autonomy will be assessed during the interviews following the projects carried out and during exams including always an oral section. Communication skills of undergraduates are instrumental to demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge acquired and the ability to synthesize the main elements and actions of analysis and problem solving processes. The Bachelor final gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their communicative skills when presenting the research carried out. In order to develop appropriate learning skills to access further studies and to enter the job market in an ever-changing context and in the perspective of continuous learning, the programme provides students with different tools and strategies. The deductive methods of applied sciences, upon which most of the educational activities of the course are based, allows students to develop more advanced cognitive autonomy and logical/critical and reformulational abilities. The multimodal approach in the delivery of the course (theoretical and practical lessons, seminars, group works, individual study and Bachelor final) and the multiple experiential places and contexts (laboratories, study tours, international mobility) provide the students with opportunities to increase their knowledge and competences, keeping them up to date and adapting them to an ever evolving applied science and technology.
Recognition of prior learning will be assessed case by case based on the specific educational objectives of the Second Level the Degree Course.
To obtain the degree students are required to pass the Bachelor final. 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.
The main career opportunities of the Second Level Degree Course in Energy Engineering are the following:
* design activities in the mechanical, electro technical and chemical industries, in the field of machines and energy systems;
* expert activity as self-employed for the design of thermal, electrical, solar, PV and wind plants and plants working with any conventional and/or alternative energy sources;
* expert activity as self-employed for the design of heating and cooling systems in private and public housing;
* activity as person in charge of conservation (energy saving) and rational use of energy (Energy Manager positions) in entities operating in the industrial, civil, service and transport sectors;
* research activity in public and private laboratories and Universities.
* Design, production, trial and management activities in the motor industry;
* Production and management of components and energy systems.
Graduates can access: First and Second Level Postgraduate Courses, PHD Courses, Schools of Postgraduate Studies, 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