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Academic year 2023/2024
Master's Degree (MSc) on MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Coordinator Prof. Tommaso Ingrassia
Class of Master's Degree (MSc) on Mechanical engineering (LM-33)
2 years
PALERMO
Free access
Department of Engineering
Course Code
2036

Course info
The 2nd cycle Degree course in Mechanical Engineering aims at training professionals eligible to work in public and private research centres, and to carry out professional activities of high scientific and technical profile, also supporting industrial or university research; particular attention is paid, in line with the cultural vastness of Mechanical Engineering, as it has established itself over the decades, both nationally and internationally, to its three typical aspects: the design, manufacture and operation of mechanical artifacts . In detail, the following skills are considered specific training objectives: - Tackling highly complex problems in the field of mechanical engineering, understanding their phenomenology in depth and knowing how to schematize, model and solve them also through an interdisciplinary approach; - Correctly applying methodologies and techniques for the design and testing of machines, components and mechanical systems; planning, designing and managing highly complex experiments and tests on machines, components and mechanical systems, critically evaluating the results; using theoretical models and specialist software for solving mechanical engineering problems and to interpret the results competently; seeking innovative technical and design solutions, managing the research and development of products and systems - broadening and deepening one's own knowledge, skills and abilities for the purpose of effective updating during professional life; - Effectively communicating in Italian and English, in written and oral form, information, data and solutions to specialists and non-specialists, and dealing with international technical literature; - Interacting with interdisciplinary working groups, thanks to the knowledge of the various technical-scientific and regulatory tools and languages of the sector and communication methods. These objectives will be achieved through an articulated training course that will explore various topics, also multidisciplinary ones, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view, providing knowledge and skills to develop and manage the various phases of design, production and operation of mechanical components and systems, with respect to: - project: the problems of the 'design' of mechanical parts of machines and plants, of the mechanical characterization of traditional and innovative materials, of the analysis of tensions and non-intrusive measurements will be addressed; - production: the problems and optimization of workings and treatments, including thermal ones, of metallic, plastic and composite materials, the organization of industrial production and quality control will be addressed; - operation: the problems of continuous and non-continuous combustion will be addressed, such as in internal combustion engines, cogeneration and energy saving plants using compressible fluid machines, management of refrigerating plants and of the related volumetric operating machines. The training methods are diversified, such as to acquiring and strengthening transversal skills (soft skills). In particular, together with traditional lessons and exercises in which the student will participate by independently elaborating the theoretical contents and the application implications, the course includes various laboratory activities, particularly useful for entering the labour market, in which students are given the opportunity to interact directly with professional tools, equipment and software, and teamwork is stimulated through the development and presentation of design solutions based on assigned specifications. Seminars and industrial case studies are also included in various teachings which, through representative testimonies, introduce students to the problems and dynamics of the productive world. The presence of teachings (curricular and elective) delivered in English and the use of texts and teaching materials in English will contribute to the acquisition of knowledge of disciplinary terminology and the ability to communicate effectively in English. Experiences abroad will also be encouraged through student mobility programs and thesis preparation abroad. The educational programme is completed by a fairly extensive internship period and the final exam, a wide-ranging dissertation developed independently and in an original way, with a significant personal contribution, which must be presented and discussed in front of a special commission. An important period, equivalent to 24 credits, is dedicated to a long apprenticeship/internship in companies located both in the territory and in the rest of the country. During this period, student will be able to complete their training by adding professional skills and, at the end, being ready to enter the labour market. The extensive internship period, in fact, enables students to be involved in high-profile corporate training activities, to complete their training in the corporate environment, acquiring specific skills and "soft skills".
Profile: Senior Mechanical Engineer Functions: - design of components and machines, under the construction and functional/energetic perspective. - Design of industrial plants, systems, and processes, under the functional, energetic, and economic perspective. - Operation of machines, plants, systems, and processes. - Research and development activity under the theoretical and experimental perspective. Skills: Freelance activity in the design of components and plants. Production official in production facilities. The mechanical engineer carries out its functions in companies, public or private bodies or as a freelancer, working both independently and within working groups, often multidisciplinary ones, also taking responsibility for coordination. Investigations carried out by the Inter-University Consortium ALMALAUREA in the years 2008 to 2011 indicate that the employment sectors of the holders of a 2nd cycle degree in mechanical engineering are the industry for about 80% and services for the 18%. With regard to the industrial sector, 50% of the total number of graduates find employment in the Metalworking and precision engineering industry, 15% in the Chemical / Energy, 8% in the Building industry, 7 % in other manufacturing sectors. The natural professional areas for mechanical engineer are: the mechanical and electromechanical industry; the chemical industry, companies and institutions for energy conversion, plant engineering companies, industrial automation and robotics companies, manufacturing firms in general for the production, installation, testing, maintenance and operation of machines, lines and production departments, complex systems. Almost all industrial sectors require such professional, therefore they may find professional opportunities in several fields.
The final examination consists of the public discussion of a dissertation; the final examination is regulated in accordance to the decision of the Academic Senate, session of 6 November 2012, and of the subsequent regulations, approved by the Board of the Degree Course on 12/02/2013

course outline
Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
23195 - SUSTAINABLE PROPULSION ENGINES Details PIPITONE (PO) (*) in english 9.0 1 V B ING-IND/08
23196 - MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY II Details INGARAO (PA) (*) in english 9.0 1 V B ING-IND/16
06435 - NUMERICAL SIMULATION FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Details PANTANO (PO) (*) in english 9.0 2 V B ING-IND/14
20466 - ENERGY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT Details CARDONA (RD) 9.0 2 V B ING-IND/10
23194 - MACHINE CONSTRUCTION II Details PETRUCCI (PO) 9.0 2 V B ING-IND/14
Optional subjects 12.0 C
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
21248 - QUALITY CONTROL AND MAINTENANCE - INTEGRATED COURSE Details LA FATA (PA) 12.0 1 V
MEINTENANCE MANAGEMENT IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES LA FATA (PA) 6.0 B ING-IND/17
QUALITY CONTROL 6.0 B ING-IND/16
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 9.0 2 G E
Stage and others 24.0 F
Optional subjects II 6.0 C
Free subjects 12.0 D
Elective activities
Stage and others credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
11032 - INTERNSHIP12 CREDITS 12.0 1 G F
11034 - OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 1 CREDIT 1.0 1 G F
11035 - OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 2 CREDITS 2.0 1 G F
11036 - OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES - 3 CREDITS 3.0 1 G F
14506 - IMAGE PROCESSING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - LABORATORY Details PETRUCCI (PO) 3.0 1 G F
14507 - CAD LABORATORY Details MANCUSO (PO) 3.0 1 G F
14509 - SAE FORMULA LABORATORY Details INGRASSIA (PO) 3.0 1 G F
15199 - COMPOSITE MATERIALS - WORKSHOP Details ZUCCARELLO (PO) 3.0 1 G F
17215 - ENGINES LABORATORY Details PIPITONE (PO) 3.0 1 G F
17216 - MATERIAL CHARACTERISATION ACTIVITY Details PITARRESI (PA) 3.0 1 G F
21152 - INTERNSHIP 21 CREDITS 21.0 1 G F
21154 - INTERNSHIP 18 CREDITS 18.0 1 G F
21156 - INTERNSHIP 24 CREDITS 24.0 1 G F
21158 - INTERNSHIP 15 CREDITS 15.0 1 G F
Optional subjects credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
04936 - MECHANICS OF COMPOSITE AND CERAMIC MATERIALS Details ZUCCARELLO (PO) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/14
10076 - MECHANIC VARIABLES ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING SYSTEMS Details SCARDULLA (RD) (*) in english 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/12
21523 - ADVANCED MODELLING AND VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES Details INGRASSIA (PO) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/15
23148 - THERMAL ENGINEERING AND THERMAL-FLUID-DYNAMIC SETTINGS Details CATRINI (RD) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/10
23193 - INDUSTRIAL DESIGN Details NIGRELLI (PQ) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/15
03723 - PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Details LA SCALIA (PO) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/17
16079 - SAFETY MANAGEMENT Details LA FATA (PA) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/17
17604 - CIM & DIGITAL MANUFACTURING Details EMAMI (RD) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/16
17605 - MECHANICAL SYSTEMS DYNAMICS AND CONTROL Details CAMMALLERI (PO) 6.0 2 V C ING-IND/13
Optional subjects II credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01258 - EXPERIMENTAL STRESS ANALYSIS Details PITARRESI (PA) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/14
10069 - PROCESS DESIGN Details BUFFA (PO) (*) in english 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/16
17584 - WELDING AND NON DESTRUCTIVE CONTROLS Details CAMPANELLA (RD) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/16
22341 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Details FRATINI (PO) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/16
23191 - MACHINES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY Details BECCARI (PA) 6.0 1 V C ING-IND/08
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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