Location: Ancona - via Brecce Bianche - ingresso 3
Access: Open access
Order: D.M. 270/04
Type: First cycle Degree (3 years)
The Bachelor’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering trains professionals who can profitably enter the labour market. It provides the basic tools and methods required for graduates to continue increasing and updating their knowledge over time, in line with scientific and technological progress.
In details, the degree programme covers both design and processing aspects as well as production, technological and organisational aspects in mechanical manufacturing industries and power industries.
Graduates will be able to carry out all the technical and organisational tasks required in the mechanical production chain, from technical offices to production facilities, from plant maintenance and management to purchasing offices and commercial departments.
The programme is also structured to provide students with an adequate background for the continuation of their engineering studies with a master’s degree in the mechanical sector or the management sector.
In order to ensure graduates the additional benefit of an international recognition of their academic qualification, CUCS -the Unified Council of the Study Programmes in Mechanical Engineering has applied for the EUR-ACE label for its degree programmes. The final aim of the EUR-ACE label is, in fact, the mutual recognition of accredited engineering degrees at a European level. EUR-ACE is an accreditation system that establishes the "standards" that identify high quality engineering courses in Europe and the world. These standards were established taking into account the views and perspectives of all the main stakeholders: students, higher education institutions, employers, professional organisations and accreditation agencies. Currently the EUR-ACE system is coordinated by the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE, www.enaee.eu), a non-profit association founded in February 2006 by 14 associations interested in quality engineering education. ENAEE has currently 21 full members and 4 associate members.
In Italy the EUR-ACE Spread project led to the establishment of QUACING - the Agency for Quality Certification and EUR-ACE Accreditation for Engineering programmes.
In the meeting of May 23, 2018, the Board of Directors of QUACING examined the evaluation reports of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering, which had been assessed for the purpose of the EUR -ACE accreditation on 13-15 December 2017 and, in line with the provisions of the general regulations of the Agency, awarded the EUR-ACE label to both the programmes.
Role in a work context
Graduates in Mechanical Engineering are Engineers with an academic background that allows them to easily join working groups made up of specialists from all sectors of Industrial Engineering and of management departments. In addition, Mechanical Engineers can coordinate specific activities carried out by technical personnel in production plants.
The main job functions of Mechanical Engineers can be summarised as follows:
- Use of standardised methodologies for the design and testing of single machine parts or power-production components; design and testing of simple or repetitive processes;
- Direct and instrumental surveys of technical parameters in machines and power systems;
- Maintenance and management of production departments, as well as management, control, verification and technical assistance.
Mechanical Engineers have a preparation which enables them to continue their course of studies to obtain the Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Skills associated with the role
Mechanical Engineers are professionals with a solid basic and technical preparation in the industrial engineering field and specific skills in the mechanical area. The educational profile of Mechanical Engineers is thus based on a combination of fundamental knowledge and specific methodological aspects.
Graduates in Mechanical Engineering have the specific skills to:
- apply mathematical methods to model, analyse and solve simple engineering problems
- analyse machines, in terms of their functioning and the resistance of their components;
- design components and simple mechanical systems taking into account functional, constructive and energy demands;
- choose the materials and processes to be used in the production of components;
- manage and use plant machinery;
- make independent and informed decisions in cooperation with other specialists in a working group.
The main occupational opportunity is the continuation of the course of studies for the attainment of a Master’s degree (LM33 or LM30 classes), at the Marche Polytechnic University or other Italian University.
In addition, graduates can easily find employment in manufacturing industries and in production and service facilities.
Mechanical Engineers can also find employment in public administrations or pursue a freelance career (subject to passing the qualification exam and enrolment in the Professional Engineers Register, section B).