The curriculum (according to the current organization of the course) is divided into interrelated thematic areas: - Scientific and methodological foundations - General engineering - Materials engineering - Context knowledge and final exam The first year and the first semester of the second year of studies focuses on scientific and methodological foundations, with courses in mathematical analysis (I and II), geometry, chemistry, physics... More...
The curriculum (according to the current organization of the course) is divided into interrelated thematic areas:
- Scientific and methodological foundations
- General engineering
- Materials engineering
- Context knowledge and final exam
The first year and the first semester of the second year of studies focuses on scientific and methodological foundations, with courses in mathematical analysis (I and II), geometry, chemistry, physics (I and II) and design. The second year focuses on general engineering, including basic instruction in the science and technology of materials, and courses in mechanics of machinery, electrical engineering/electrical machines, applied thermodynamics and heat transfer, materials science and technology; other courses in this field like fundamentals of structural mechanics and fundamentals of machines are given during the third year. The third year is mainly devoted to specific training in materials engineering, along with context knowledge and the final exam. Materials engineers must have expertise in the various classes of materials, acquired through courses in metallic materials, science and technology of polymeric materials, science and technology of functional materials, and science and technology of ceramic materials. Context knowledge (taught throughout the three-year programme) is the general cultural background, which includes English and computer science, safety/security issues, as well as economic, legal and historical topics (freely chosen by the student from the Faculty course offering). For the final exam students will prepare a dissertation on the latest developments in a specific area of materials engineering that is of particular interest to them.
The materials engineer, through a distinctly interdisciplinary scientific approach, responds to widespread demand for a professional figure with in-depth knowledge of materials and their production and processing technologies. Before undertaking professional activities in Italy, entailing third-party liability, graduates must pass the Italian state exam and enrol in section B (junior engineer) of the Charter of Italian Engineers.
|The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s:||Roles and skills:|
|Material engineer, working in the industrial sector|| JOB ROLES:
A materials engineer is a technician who can cooperate: in the management of the industrial production of materials to be processed into finished products; in the definition and execution of quality control procedures; the design of industrial products and their production cycles, providing a specific contribution in terms of selection of materials, technologies and most suitable process parameters.
The main job roles will aim to:
- manage the production process: production facilities of materials, heat treatment plants, semi-finished and manufactured goods;
- manage product quality control labs that carry out analyses and structural evaluations;
- cooperate in the selection of advanced materials within project design and product innovation activities;
- work, within cross curricular research teams, in basic and applied research for the development of advanced materials and the development of innovative industrial material processing technologies.
SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
As is the case with all industrial engineers, the basic sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) are a building block that is necessary to acquire the founding knowledge of engineering (Design, Thermodynamics, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and Machinery). These are surely enough to qualify an engineer to access various and varied industrial fields and to develop further in other directions, but with the curricular specialization in the science of materials and their engineering, the Material engineer can readily contribute to a cross curricular team's activities in a professional environment. Other skills developed through courses such as English, IT sciences and team workshops become practical and indispensable tools that allow the graduate to be immediately employed.
This figure is requested mainly in the public and private industrial sector (manufacturing, energy, etc.) with technical and managerial roles, or as an employee within service and consulting companies .
|Materials engineer operating as a freelance consultant|| JOB ROLES:
Acting as a freelance consultant, a material engineer is a technician who is able to cooperate with other consultants in providing services and consultancy services to public institutions and private companies in the area of quality audits/certifications, environmental protection and cultural heritage protection.
In this working context the engineer acts as:
- consultant / technician for the management of production processes, in terms of process or product quality control and quality assurance;
- consultant / technician for the disposal of industrial by-products;
- consultant / technician for the recycling of materials;
- consultant / technician for the control and reduction of pollutant emissions;
- consultant / technician for the conservation and recovery of cultural heritage assets;
SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
In carrying out these activities, graduates use their scientific and basic engineering knowledge as well as their expertise in materials of every class.
A material engineer's specific knowledge base includes: the relationships between a micro structure and its properties, the effect of the transformation processes of materials and the interactions between material and environment on the micro structure.
Any professional activity, entailing responsibilities towards third parties, may begin after registration with the Association of Engineers, in section B (junior engineer), after passing the State exam.
|Qualifications for further studies||Knowledge required to continue studies|
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.