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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2017/18
DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Collegio di Ingegneria Meccanica, Aerospaziale, dell'Autoveicolo e della Produzione
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 2 years
Class LM-33 Degree: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Reference Faculty
BRUSA EUGENIO   eugenio.brusa@polito.it
Program held in English
 Educational objectives

The training includes courses followed by all students, mainly during the first year, while the second year offers several orientations with specialised teaching units, grouped into homogeneous areas corresponding to the main professional profiles traditionally associated with mechanical engineering. The core teaching modules cover : - materials - modeling and numerical methods - functional and structural design - production systems and manu... More...

The training includes courses followed by all students, mainly during the first year, while the second year offers several orientations with specialised teaching units, grouped into homogeneous areas corresponding to the main professional profiles traditionally associated with mechanical engineering.
The core teaching modules cover :
- materials
- modeling and numerical methods
- functional and structural design
- production systems and manufacturing through innovative technologies
- energy
- organization and economics
Main specializations covered by the degree are :
- automation
- mechanical production
- equipment and systems design
- mechanical design
- propulsion of land vehicles
- transportation systems and vehicles
The core subjects are provided both in Italian and English. Within the various specializations some subjects will be provided in English.
The programme concludes with a thesis based on a complex project (relating to product, process, or equipment) or original applied research, and aimed at demonstrating not only mastery of the topics studied but also the ability to address fresh issues autonomously within an industrial or research structure.

 Career opportunities

The objective of the MSc course in Mechanical Engineering is to form professional figures able to work in the industrial field on complex design projects, in the management and operation of complex systems (industrial plants, production lines, transport systems), and within R & D departments. Graduates will have the capacity to autonomously develop both standard and innovative projects in terms of product and process, working both independently... More...

The objective of the MSc course in Mechanical Engineering is to form professional figures able to work in the industrial field on complex design projects, in the management and operation of complex systems (industrial plants, production lines, transport systems), and within R & D departments. Graduates will have the capacity to autonomously develop both standard and innovative projects in terms of product and process, working both independently and in monodisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams and with responsibility for coordination.
The goals of the programme are to provide:
- in-depth study of mechanical subjects; a high level of knowledge of the technical-scientific problems of various sectors underlying applications and innovations in engineering (materials, functional and structural design methods, energy, production systems, numerical modeling);
- ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, with an emphasis on innovation;
- ability to integrate areas of knowledge and to interface with specialists in different areas;
- understanding of economic problems and models of company organisation;
- in-depth knowledge and solid expertise in one of the areas in which mechanical engineers traditionally operate (production, design, automation, plant engineering, propulsion of land vehicles, transport).
The broadly transversal training allows graduates to adapt quickly to different professional requirements, even in sectors other than that of their degree course. They will be prepared both to interact effectively with experts from different sectors, and to continuously update their professional expertise.
With their ability to identify, formulate and solve complex problems in innovative ways that often require a multidisciplinary approach, MSc graduates in Mechanical Engineering have a wide range of employment opportunities with coordination responsibilities and diverse functions, mainly in the following contexts:
- industries involved in the design, production, control and maintenance of mechanical components, equipment and systems, whether metallurgical or electromechanical;
- manufacturing and processing industries that use mechanical, metallurgical and electromechanical production systems;
- companies in the vehicle production sector;
- companies and public bodies in the energy conversion sector;
- contractors and companies that organise, manage and maintain plant and equipment for factories, buildings, handling and transport;
- service and industrial consultancy firms;
- public or semi-public bodies in technical functions.
Graduates will also be qualified to undertake free-lance professional activities in both design and industrial management consultancy.
The professional profiles described are based on choices made by the student during the university career. However because of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme all graduates can quickly become operational in the various sectors of mechanical engineering, adapting to different professional needs and assuming ever greater responsibilities.
Graduates may also continue their studies in doctoral research in the mechanical field, both in Italy and abroad.

The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s: Roles and skills:
Engineer, designer of systems and mechanical groupsets   JOB ROLES:

Sometimes in a position of coordinator, the engineer performs challenging tasks of modelling, and functional and structural design of mechanical systems and highly complex mechanical groups; he faces new design problems, that are either not completely defined or have contrasting specifications, thus taking the appropriate decisions.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- Functional and structural design of static and dynamic mechanical systems and structures (steady and transient state).
- resistance verification and reliability evaluation of groups and mechanical systems under typical conditions of use;
- choice of materials and the suitable treatment for their intended use
- use of calculation codes for the solution of static dynamic problems (in stationary and transitional conditions ), even in non-linear conditions.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design departments in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, R&D Officer for systems and mechanical groupsets   JOB ROLES:

Sometimes in a position of coordinator, the engineer takes part in the R&D processes of mechanical systems and mechanical groupsets, by organizing and overseeing the actions needed for the improvement and innovation of products.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of experimental plans and test methods for the evaluation and improvement of the product functional, quality and reliability characteristics;
- definition of the protocols for the characterization of the materials used;
- failure analysis of components and mechanical systems in the event of malfunction or failure according to the planned protocols;
- definition of approval and testing protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

R&D departments in Industrial Companies.
 
Engineer, designer of automated and mechatronic systems   JOB ROLES:

Designs automated, mechatronic and robotic systems with different types of drive (mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, hydraulic), and identifies the components and appropriate control devices.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- preliminary and detailed design of automatic, mechatronic and robotics systems;
- evaluation of the functional characteristics and the performance of components used in automated, mechatronic and robotic systems, and of the entire system;
- choice and definition of control systems of automatic, mechatronic and robotic systems;
- failure analysis of components and automatic and mechatronic systems, in case of failure or lack of function according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design Departments for the design of automated and mechatronic systems in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, automated systems planning and management officer   JOB ROLES:

Determines the control techniques of automated and robotic systems; carries out the planning of the control system and defines the procedures for the proper operation of the plant or machine.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- programming of control systems of automatic, mechatronic and robotic systems;
- definition of the operating procedures of automated and robotic machinery and systems.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Programming and management departments of automated systems in Industrial Automation and Mechatronic Companies.
 
Design engineer of heat exchange systems in mechanical systems.   JOB ROLES:

He works as part of the team involved in the design of mechanical products, designing a product from a thermal exchange point of view

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- evaluation of thermal and energy performance of components and mechanical systems;
- fluid dynamic design of heat exchange systems, also with the use of numerical modelling;
- failure analysis of the heat exchange components and systems, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Departments for the design of heat exchange systems in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Industrial plant design engineer   JOB ROLES:

Takes part in the design of industrial plants, also acting as a coordinator. He can manage the construction of an industrial plant.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of the optimal layout of a complex plant, in compliance with the technological, economic and environmental constraints;
- preliminary design and definition of the layout of the air and water technical distribution and treatment services;
- concept design of lighting systems, environmental comfort and energy distribution;
- choice of optimal solutions for plant warehouses and internal transport;
- contribution to the failure analysis of the heat exchange components and systems, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Departments for the planning of industrial plants in Industrial and Service Companies
 
Design engineer of heat engineering and distribution services in industrial and civil installations   JOB ROLES:

Participates in the detailed engineering of services in industrial plants and civil facilities.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- preliminary and detailed design of refrigerating and heat engineering services in industrial and civil sectors, also using numerical models that are deemed fit for the purpose;
- preliminary design of energy distribution and fluid distribution in industrial and domestic installations;
- failure analysis of the components of heat engineering and distribution systems, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the protocols provided.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design departments of heat engineering services in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, industrial plant management and logistics officer   JOB ROLES:

Manages complex industrial systems by defining the optimal management strategies taking into consideration economic and organizational aspects. Can take on responsibility for security.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- organization of logistics and internal materials handling within plants;
- technical and economic management of technical and treatment services of industrial plants;
- definition of plans and coordination of services and machinery maintenance.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Management and Logistics Departments in Industrial Companies.
 
Production systems design engineer   JOB ROLES:

Participates, even with coordination functions, in the design of production systems.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- identification of production systems based on the type of product and production volumes;
- detailed technical design of production systems and of processing machines:
- coordination of the detailed technical design groups and development of the production means;
- coordination of detailed technical design groups and development of equipment for moulding and forming systems and melting and casting systems;
- failure analysis of components of production systems, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the protocols provided.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Departments for the design of production systems in Industrial and Service Companies.
 
Design engineer of manufacturing processes   JOB ROLES:

Identifies and designs manufacturing processes.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of the most suitable manufacturing strategy as a function of product and its volume;
- use of CAD / CAM systems and rapid prototyping.
- simulation of manufacturing processes, moulding, forming or melting and casting with numerical methods;
- preliminary design and selection of equipment for machining systems, moulding, forming and melting and casting;
- identification of the time compression techniques to reduce product/process development time.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Departments for manufacturing process design in Industrial and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, manager of production systems   JOB ROLES:

He chooses and implements management and operation strategies of the production systems.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of the programming strategies for the processing machines; numerically controlled assembly and testing;
- collaboration in the definition of production and maintenance plans of production facilities;
- collaboration, and sometimes also coordination, of production planning and of materials management in manufacturing companies;
- collaboration in the failure analysis of components of production systems, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Production systems management and operation department in Industrial Companies.
 
Design engineer of heat treatment facilities   JOB ROLES:

Identifies and plans the material treatment plants.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- Designing of individual units and complete systems of heat and thermochemical treatment of both traditional and innovative steels, cast irons and other metal alloys;
- coordination of the development and installation staff of controlled atmosphere or under reduced pressure plants;
- depending on client requirements, study of modifications to existing plants and subsequent production implementation ;
- failure analysis of components of thermal treatment plants, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design departments in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, heat treatment manager   JOB ROLES:

Manages plants for the treatment of materials.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- identification, with the client, of the best component treatments to obtain the most adequate results for their intended use;
- design of bulk and surface heat treatments of steels and cast irons and other metal alloys, defined with the client;
- usage management of the different types of plant in the company, identifying the one that allows for lower production costs with identical results;
- collaboration on the technical aspects, of acquisition, adaptation and implementation of new systems;
- coordination of the company metallography and chemical lab analyses for the quality assessment of the treated product and choice of the best thermal cycle sequence;
- collaboration in failure analysis activities of the components of thermal treatment plants, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Heat treatment departments in Industrial Companies.
 
Engineer, designer of fluid machinery, thermal and hydraulic machines   JOB ROLES:

Sometimes in a position of coordinator, the engineer performs challenging tasks of modelling and design of fluid, thermal and hydraulic machinery; he faces new design problems, that are either not completely defined or have contrasting specifications, thus taking the appropriate decisions.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of the design specifications of propulsion systems, mixed propulsion and traction, transmission.
- fluid dynamic design of propulsion systems;
- definition of the design specifications of mechanical and/or thermal energy production plants;
- design of mechanical and/or thermal energy production plants and choice of fluid machinery and related plant solutions based on the design specifications;
- solution of issues related to project specific fluid machinery, its adjustments as user requests vary and its control.
- collaboration in the failure analysis of components of fluid, thermal and hydraulic machines, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design departments of thermal and fluid machines in Industrial and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, fluid machinery, thermal and hydraulic machines Research & Development officer   JOB ROLES:

Even in a coordinating role, the engineer takes part in the Research and Development activities on fluid, thermal and hydraulic machines, by defining, organizing and following the necessary actions to improve and innovate products.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- fluid dynamic design and development of fluid and hydraulic machines;
- thermo-fluid dynamic design and development of thermal machines, particularly for land vehicle propulsion.
- definition of experimental plans and test methods for the evaluation and improvement of the functional and performance characteristics of fluid, hydraulic and thermal machinery;
-cooperation in the failure analysis of fluid, thermal and hydraulic machines in case of failure or malfunction within the planned protocols;
- collaboration in the integration of control technology in fluid, hydraulic and thermal machinery;
- Evaluation of emission reduction systems for thermal machines .

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

R&D departments in Industrial Companies.
 
Engineer for the design and maintenance of systems, plants and transport terminals   JOB ROLES:

Designs, sizes, schedule, and manage the maintenance of fixed installation transport systems - rail, cable, metropolitan, unconventional, even driverless - and related modal exchange terminal infrastructure.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- definition of the performance required from a transport system;
- performance and economic evaluation of a transport system;
- design and sizing of transport systems on the basis of the identified specifications;
- definition and sizing of modal exchange terminal infrastructures;
- integration of electronic technology, information technology and telecommunications in transport systems, in pursuit of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems);
- collaboration in the failure analysis of systems components, systems and transport terminals, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocol;
- definition of the maintenance schedules of plants and transport terminals;
- failure analysis of rolling stock, in case of failure or lack of functioning according to the planned protocols.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design, maintenance and operation areas or departments in Companies and Services Companies operating in the design, construction and operation of transportation facilities and systems.
 
Engineer for the design, monitoring and maintenance of rolling stock   JOB ROLES:

Designs, sizes, schedules and manages the construction and maintenance of railway, underground and tram rolling stock

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- rolling stock design with integration of structural, mechanical, plant and electrical components;
- planning and control of rolling stock construction
- definition of maintenance plans for rolling stock and its components.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Design departments in Industrial Companies and Service Companies.
 
Engineer, management and operation officer of people and goods transport systems, facilities and infrastructure   JOB ROLES:

Organizes and manages networks and transportation systems and their terminal infrastructure for modal exchange, including associated handling systems, pursuing security, quality and efficiency objectives and optimizing the use of resources while respecting the environment.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

- Identification of the passenger and cargo transportation and external logistics requirements;
- identification of the most adequate supply and the main multi-modal transport features to organize a shipment on wheels, rails or ocean freight;
- choice of the most appropriate means of transport and handling according to the needs of a network or inter-modal infrastructure, even on the basis of models and simulations;
- transport optimization compatible with the technical standardization constraints.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Management and operation departments of transportation systems in Service Companies.
 


Qualifications for further studies Knowledge required to continue studies

Expected learning outcomes

The subjects contained in the study program are divided in learning areas and defined by the "Dublin descriptors" shown in the chart on panel A4b - expected learning outcomes.



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