What you will learn?
The first year courses focus on preparatory and basic disciplines which are necessary to face the training of the following two years, more specifically devoted to expound the key sectors of mechanical engineering.
More specifically, the learning path may be divided into three areas that are strongly interconnected:
CORE SCIENTIFIC TRAINING: in Year 1, students learn the foundations of the core subjects (mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, together with technical drawing), which are necessary to approach the more specific subjects in subsequent years.
CORE ENGINEERING TRAINING: in Year 2, the more specifically engineering subjects are introduced with contributions from various disciplines (electrical engineering and electric machines, materials and metallurgy, technical physics, applied, structural, and fluid mechanics, experimentation and measurements); the year concludes with core scientific training (mathematics and physics).
SPECIFIC MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TRAINING: Year 3 is focused to more specific subjects to mechanical engineering (machine design, thermal machines, production technologies, industrial systems), as well as finishing studies in core engineering subjects.
Your study plan concludes with two elective subjects and with the final examination, which may also be focused on an internship undertaken at a company or in a student Team.
How will you learn it?
The degree programme offers two curricula, one in Italian and the other in English, with the same subjects: it is, therefore, possible to switch to one to the other without deficits in your training.
You will learn through lectures, classroom and laboratory exercises, including activities conducted independently or organised in work groups.
You will be able to participate in the design and creation of prototypes within student teams, possibly to compete in international university competitions.
If you would like, you will be able to do an internship in a company.
Furtherly it is possible to undertake part of the coursework abroad, thanks to two international projects (*).
PoliTong - with China: you will have the chance to attend your third year (in English), together with Chinese students, at Tongji University in Shanghai, combining your studies with coursework in Chinese language and culture.
After your degree, you may decide to attend an additional semester at Tongji University, participating in laboratory and research activities, in order to be awarded the Chinese level-one degree (Bachelor of Science).
SEC - with the USA: the agreement signed with a network of universities from the south-eastern United States allows you to spend the first semester of your third year in the USA. US students come, instead, to Politecnico di Torino in the second semester.
(*) Admission to these projects involves a selection process, because of the limited number of available places.
What you can do next
After the degree you will have two different opportunities:
to continue your studies with a Master’s degree programme at Politecnico di Torino or elsewhere (in Italy or abroad);
to enter the employment world.
Graduates in Mechanical Engineering have a wide range of opportunities, covering all those industries that –in different fields– design, produce, and maintain components and systems, in plant engineering companies, in service and consultancy firms, as well as in public bodies.
Your professional profile will allow you to handle the changes of the labour market and to positively tackle new challenges in a quickly changing industrial environment. Also the new global themes such as mobility, industry 4.0 and environmental sustainability will require a versatile mechanical engineer for:
the design and revision of products and processes;
the design and management of production systems and methods, the assessment of processes’ productivity and products quality;
the design and maintenance of industrial plants, the design of technical services, layout, and internal logistics of plants and departments;
the technical-commercial service, the purchase of materials, mechanical components and systems, assisting companies’ commercial services.