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COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2022/23
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Collegio di Ingegneria Elettronica, delle Telecomunicazioni e Fisica (ETF)
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 2 years
Class LM-27 Degree: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING
Reference Faculty
GIACCONE PAOLO   referente.lm.ccne@polito.it
Program held in English
 Educational objectives

The Master of Science in Communications Engineering focuses heavily on research and design and it provides methodologies for the analysis of complex systems, thus allowing either employment in highly competitive companies and in industrial or public research centres of excellence, or continuation of studies in a Ph.D. program. Through its cross curricular and multidisciplinary approach, the MSc in Communications Engineering equips students with... More...

The Master of Science in Communications Engineering focuses heavily on research and design and it provides methodologies for the analysis of complex systems, thus allowing either employment in highly competitive companies and in industrial or public research centres of excellence, or continuation of studies in a Ph.D. program. Through its cross curricular and multidisciplinary approach, the MSc in Communications Engineering equips students with methodological skills in telecommunications, computer engineering and other IT engineering specializations that are needed to design in an innovative way both complex telecommunication systems and advanced data transmission applications and networks. The MSc program favours methodological rather than descriptive content, providing students with solid and long terms skills, which are needed for a swift entry on the job market, and with foundations that allow a continuous educational update.
The degree program ends with the preparation of a thesis: a time and opportunity for individual learning and work. This is of fundamental importance for the completion of the students' training, because it exercises their ability to work both independently and within a group that is working on highly interdisciplinary topics. The thesis may be a research, design or advanced development activity taking place in Politecnico di Torino or within a company. The final thesis work is then described in a dissertation that must demonstrate a mastery of the topics, the originality of the results and overall good communication skills. Some of the credits for the thesis are achieved thorugh the two project classes, thanks to the adopted teaching methodology.

 Career opportunities

The main professional profiles trained by the degree program are:
- designer of telecommunications equipment,
- design and development expert of communication networks and telematic services,
- marketing expert,
- engineer, experienced in the management of communications systems and computer networks,
- researcher in ICT disciplines,
- freelance/consultant.

For each of these profiles, in th... More...

The main professional profiles trained by the degree program are:
- designer of telecommunications equipment,
- design and development expert of communication networks and telematic services,
- marketing expert,
- engineer, experienced in the management of communications systems and computer networks,
- researcher in ICT disciplines,
- freelance/consultant.

For each of these profiles, in the table below, we provide a brief description of: roles, associated skills and career opportunities.

The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s: Roles and skills:
ENGINEER, EXPERT IN THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND TELEMATIC SERVICES   JOB ROLES:
The experienced design and development engineer takes part in the phases of design, development, and production of devices within a company.

The design and development activities can typically be undertaken in the following fields:
1. creation and distribution of multimedia content in various application contexts ranging from traditional approaches, such as television distribution, up to video distribution over the Internet, using innovative paradigms such as Cloud or Peer-to-Peer Systems
2. computer network systems/devices in different contexts ranging from local medium-to-large networks, to the core networks of national and international telecommunications operators
3. development of innovative applications for the Internet and for large information systems.

The activities start from the definition of the system's architecture requirements, the choice of software and hardware components to be integrated, the specification and implementation of new components to be integrated.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:
Upon entry into the world of project development engineers must:
read and understand the network standards
use network protocols, architectures and programming languages
apply the modelling techniques that are commonly employed in the sector (the theory of stochastic processes and Markov chains, queuing theory, optimization techniques)
continuously follow the evolution of protocols, architectures and network services
participate in the design of equipment, systems and hardware and software
apply the criteria to test the various components, systems and subsystems
write specifications and documentation manuals
contribute to the management and coordination of the activities of project working groups.

Senior professional level skills
At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, the engineers experienced in advanced project development must continually devise innovative solutions for data transmission systems and services that are able to meet constantly changing user needs.
Senior engineers, should supervise and coordinate working groups, drawing on the experience and maturity gained during the previous extensive professional activities.
To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers side the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
The experienced project development engineer is mainly employed in companies that develop and/or produce components, equipment and protocols in Italy and abroad. The engineer can also be employed in companies developing telematic applications, such as, for example, applications for the distribution of multimedia content on the Internet, or applications for Cloud computing.

 
MARKETING EXPERT IN ROLES OF TECHNICAL PRE-SALES

 
JOB ROLES:
In many large manufacturing or management companies of telecommunications equipment and/or telecommunications networks, engineers play a key role in marketing and technical pre-sales

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:
Graduates will be able to
+ Carry out high-level technical support roles in the interactions with customers
+ acknowledge customer requests and convey them to the designers
+ draw up technical specifications related to telecommunications systems

Senior professional level skills
At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, marketing engineer have to constantly keep abreast of developments in telecommunications enabling technologies and on the impact they may have on the design of telecommunication equipment systems and/or of telematic systems and services. Senior engineers should supervise and coordinate working groups, drawing from the experience and maturity gained during their previous extensive professional activities.
To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers side the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Telecommunication companies that sell hardware, firmware or software for telecommunications and computer systems.

 
ENGINEER EXPERT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND TELEMATIC NETWORKS   JOB ROLES:
The engineer is responsible for the management, design, monitoring, maintenance and upgrading of equipment and telecom/data networks and the related information hardware and software systems.
The engineer experienced in the management of equipment and telecommunications networks must:
manage faults and alarms
update and continuously improve the network architecture and protocols and equipment, thus meeting the ever changing user needs; in order to make more effective upgrades on the network, operators must understand and skilfully use the results of studies on the possible evolution of the application scenarios of interest
be responsible for the security of data.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:
Telecommunication engineers who are experts in network and telecom equipment management should:
1. constantly update knowledge by catching new trends in the industry,
2. read and understand the sector's legislation
3. use network protocols, architectures and programming languages
4. apply modelling techniques that are commonly employed in the sector
5. be able to compare costs/benefits of the various possible solutions
6. write specifications and documentation manuals
7. contribute to the management and coordination of the activities of the working groups involved.


Senior professional level skills
At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, engineers experienced in managing networks must follow the quick evolution of network architectures and related applications, coordinating the activities for the management of a medium-sized computer network.

To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers side the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Experienced engineers in the management of computer networks are generally employed in companies providing telecom and telematic services, such as telecommunications operators and data transmission service providers. They may also find work in any organization that has to deal with an internal computer network of considerable complexity, such as, for example, banks, public administration, and medium/large size companies.

 
FREELANCE / CONSULTANT   JOB ROLES:
Graduates provide advisory services to companies, government agencies and other organizations, even if the field of activity of the companies is not related to the telecommunications and telematics industry. Contribute to definition of international standardization regulations and patents.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:
Consultants must know the national and international standards, and be able to follow the phases of specification definition, design, prototyping and manufacturing of telecommunication networks. Based on the best cost-performance trade-off, they must be able to: select existing components to be used in a project, propose the creation of new components tailored to the specific requirements, draw up technical specifications and act as an interface between customers and designers to define requirements and specifications. Often involved in teaching and training activities, these consultants may also prepare expert opinions for courthouses and businesses.

Senior professional level skills
At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, engineering consultants/professionals should follow the rapid evolution in the field of network architectures and related applications; they should also learn to coordinate the activities of small/medium sized groups of engineers and technicians
To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers side the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
The professional/consultant is typically self -employed, or is employed within consulting firms.

 
RESEARCHER IN THE FIELD OF ICT   JOB ROLES:
Participates actively in the research and development team of:
- national and international operators of fixed, mobile and television communications
- manufacturers of equipment, hardware and firmware for telecommunications
- Universities and public research centres

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:
The graduate is able to:
1. Give a personal innovation contribution within research projects
2. Write proposals for research projects
3. Coordinate the research work and the specific activities required
4. Draw up technical reports
5. Manage and coordinate human resources
6. Read and analyse documents or reports

Senior professional level skills
During their professional life, researchers contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in telecommunication networks through publications and patents.
Researchers must build a good reputation within the research community. Over the years, moreover, they must lead and coordinate a small research group, directing the activities of younger researchers.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
research and development centres (R & D) of major telecommunications companies
Italian and foreign Universities and Polytechnics

 
DESIGNER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT

 
JOB ROLES:
In all companies that need to develop hardware, firmware and / or software for telecommunications systems, the graduate is able to actively participate in the stages of development, engineering and manufacturing.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:
The graduate is able to:
1. Participate in and coordinate the development of hardware, firmware and / or software
2. Write technical specifications and documentation manuals, starting possibly from the analysis of existing international standards
3. Manage and coordinate human resources

Senior professional level skills
At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, the engineers experienced in the design of telecom equipment must continually devise innovative solutions for the systems and their related components, using the most recent and appropriate technologies in support.
Senior engineers, should supervise and coordinate working groups, drawing on the experience and maturity gained during the previous extensive professional activities.
To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers side the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Telecommunications companies that develop hardware, firmware or software for telecommunications systems (satellites, radio links, mobile radio systems, optic fibres)

 


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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