Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering


Location: Ancona - via Brecce Bianche - ingresso 3
Access: Open access
Order: D.M. 270/04
Type: Master Degree (2 years)


The course of study in short


Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering can become professionals in the industrial sector in general, and in particular in mechanical engineering, assuming the highest technical roles and greater responsibility than the three-year graduates.

Thanks to the scientific culture and the versatility of the technical preparation, the Master Mechanical Engineer is at ease in any technical context, even away from his/her specific cultural field. This often allows him/her to assume coordination roles in the presence of specialists from other disciplines, including non-engineering.

In particular, master graduates can tackle advanced design problems, including highly complex ones, and cope with innovation and the development of new products and new technological processes such as:

- computer aided mechanical design

- management, organization and planning of production

- the construction of mechanical components and complex mechanical systems

- the design of processes, systems and plants for energy

The Master's Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary vision of the integrated process of product, system and plant development: it examines both aspects related to the life cycle of the products (from concept to design, production, testing, management and maintenance, without neglecting economic implications) and methodologies, techniques and tools, including computing, design, testing, production, analysis and control of every engineering manufacture.

The skills gained in this course make graduates in mechanical engineering qualified to work professionally in the various fields of industrial engineering. Therefore, the work market for a Master Mechanical Engineer is very large: it is not limited to manufacturing companies, where he/she can play a leading role and aim at the highest levels of management but it extends to service companies, research centers, public administrations, professional studies, engineering companies and professional activities.


Professional profile and employment and professional opportunities for graduates


Mechanical Engineer

Role in the work context

Facing new design problems, even incomplete or with conflicting specifications, making appropriate decisions and treating the development of new products and new technological processes. The mechanical engineer performs, also with coordination responsibility, challenging tasks of modelling, functional and structural design of highly complex mechanical systems and assemblies and of fluid, thermal and hydraulic machines.


Expertise Related to the Function

  • Functional and structural design of electromechanical systems and structures in static and dynamic domains

  • Verification of the mechanical strength and assessment of the reliability of mechanical groups and systems under conditions of use;

  • Definition of experimental processes and test methodologies for the evaluation and improvement of functional characteristics, quality and reliability features of products;

  • Use of CAD systems and virtual prototyping to reduce product and process development times

  • Definition of the optimal layout of a manufacturing plant and preliminary sizing of its technical services;

  • Choice of optimal solutions for warehouses and internal plant transport;

  • Design of production systems and machining machines and identification of production systems according to product type and production volumes


Employment opportunities

  • industries that design, maintain and produce mechanical and electromechanical components and systems;

  • processing and manufacturing industries that use mechanical, metallurgical and electromechanical production systems;

  • companies and institutions for energy conversion;

  • plant engineering companies;

  • companies engaged in the movement of materials and people;

  • service and industrial consulting firms;

  • public bodies with technical functions.

  • private practice (required the enrolment in the Order of the Engineer, A section, after having passed the enrolment test)

  • continuation of studies through Ph.D. courses

Energy Engineer

Role in the work context

Energy engineer faces new, inadequately defined or conflicting design problems by taking the right decisions and carrying out design, consulting, work management, estimation and testing of power plants and machines. It carries out modelling and design activities for fluid, thermal and hydraulic machines.

He can design an energy project both in civil and industrial environments and to use thermal engineering components both for heat production and cold production.


Expertise Related to the Function

  • Fluid dynamics, including numerical modelling of both heat transfer and propulsion systems;

  • Assessment of both thermal and energy performance of mechanical components and systems;

  • Definition of experimental plans and test methodologies to evaluate and improve the characteristics, quality and reliability of machine and energy plants.

  • Detailed design of dedicated systems for production, transport and end-use of energy in both the industrial and civil sector

  • Design of plants for the generation and distribution of energy


Employment opportunities

  • Municipal utilities for energy management;

  • public and private companies operating in the energy supply sector;

  • companies that produce and sell machinery and energy plants;

  • Engineering firms involved in design, installation and testing of plants for the production, transport and final use of energy

  • (for example: thermal and refrigeration plants).

  • Energy manager for both civil and industrial companies

  • freelance professional (registration required by the engineers’ order, section A, after passing an enrolment examination)

  • Continuation of studies through PhD courses

Industrial and Management Engineer

Role in the work context

Address new or incomplete design problems or conflicting specifications by taking appropriate decisions and participating in design, including co-ordination tasks, industrial plants, and production systems. Identify and design manufacturing processes.

It manages complex industrial plants by defining the best management strategies considering economic and organizational aspects. It chooses and implements the management and management strategies of production systems.


Expertise Related to the Function

  • definition of the optimal layout of a plant, considering technological, economic and environmental constraints;

  • preliminary design and technical-economical management of the technical services;

  • organization of logistics and materials handling within industrial plants;

  • definition of plans and coordination of service and machine maintenance activities.

  • definition of production strategies and coordination of production planning and management activities materials in manufacturing companies;

  • design of production systems and machining machines

  • planning and management of quality control processes and design of their systems


Employment opportunities

  • management and internal logistics departments in industrial companies and service companies

  • technical-commercial departments in industrial companies.

  • consulting firms, banks and insurance companies, public authorities and public bodies with technical functions.

  • chartered engineer (required enrolment into the section A of Engineering Association chart, after passing an examination)

  • Continuation of studies through PhD courses