Programme details

What will you learn?

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The curriculum includes courses and specific technical pathways and is organized in two years.

Year 1 investigates the following cultural areas:

  • Materials – you will explore materials, their characteristics, production processes and material treatment methods
  • Modelling and numerical methods – you will study elements of mathematical modelling and discretization, as well as the algorithms for solving associated mathematical problems
  • Functional and structural design - you will learn about the behaviour of mechanical systems and functional and structural design methodologies for sizing, verification and reliability determination.
  • Production systems – you will get an overview of modern production, assembly, manufacturing and testing systems, with reference also to the use of innovative production automation technologies, strategies and systems (Industry 4.0).
  • Energetics - you will learn about thermomechanics, acoustics and lighting engineering, with reference to thermofluid dynamics, thermal machines and motors. Aspects of design, analysis and modelling are included, as well as regulation and environmental impact analysis.
  • Economics and finance – you will study foundations of economics and finance as well as legal- economic forms and organization of enterprises.

In Year 2 you will choose from among seven specialized pathways (in Italian) with courses grouped into homogeneous issues: Automation, Additive manufacturing, Mechanical production, Equipment and systems design, Mechanical design, Propulsion of land vehicles, Transportation systems and vehicles.

The English-taught programme has a single specialized pathway that focuses on energy and design.

At the end of the programme you will work on a Master’s thesis based on a specific project or R&D activities in a company or university, both in Italy and abroad.

 

How will you learn it?

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There are two educational pathways: one is English-taught and the other is offered in Italian.

You will take part in lectures and praticals, Student Teams and Challenges. You will also do an internship in a company.

You can go abroad for a semester or for your full second year. Politecnico di Torino also has several agreements with international partner universities for double degree programmes, which normally require an additional semester for writing the final thesis: i.e. University of Illinois at Chicago, INSA Lyon, ITBA Buenos Aires.

What you can do next

At the end of the programme you can continue your studies with a 2nd level Master’ degree programme or a PhD programme in the field of mechanics both in Italy and abroad.

Alternatively, you can find work as a Mechanical Engineer and choose between a variety of career fields such as:

  • industries involved in the design, production, control and maintenance of mechanical, metallurgical or electromechanical components, equipment and systems;
  • manufacturing and processing industries that use mechanical, metallurgical and electromechanical production systems;
  • companies in the vehicle production sector;
  • companies and public bodies in the energy conversion sector;
  • contractors and companies that organise, manage and maintain plant and equipment for factories, buildings, handling and transport;
  • service and industrial consultancy firms;
  • public or semi-public bodies with technical functions.

You may also work as a free-lance professional in both design and industrial management consultancy.