MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. SANDRO BARONE
Department of INGEGNERIA CIVILE E INDUSTRIALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Maria Greco
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Mechanical Engineering course aims at training professionals with strong scientific and technical bases necessary to face the responsibilities in the typical industrial jobs. The degree course develops and strengthens critical knowledge and skills to develop basic and specific competencies of various industrial and manufacturing sectors. The main feature of the graduate in mechanical engineering is the ability to understand, analyze and test machines and mechanical systems, to design mechanical systems based on conventional technologies, to test and monitor mechanical devices and to superintend the installation and maintenance of systems and industrial plants. The graduate in mechanical is also able to organize and manage the production of industrial products and to organize their sale, distribution and service. Graduates will possess the following general competencies: adequate knowledge of methodological and operational aspects of mathematics and basic sciences (physics and chemistry) necessary to interpret the typical phenomena of mechanical engineering; good knowledge of the sciences of engineering in order to identify, formulate and solve general technical problems; ability to use the modern methods and tools of analysis including those provided by the information technology.
Key Learning Outcomes
Ability to understand the physical phenomena related to the mechanical engineering systems and to develop their mathematical models. Ability to model geometrically, even with the aid of computer based systems, mechanical components, assemblies and complete machines or plants. Abilities for the analysis and the synthesis of mechanical devices of mean complexity driven by mechanical, thermal or electrical engines also under controlled systems. Ability to carry out the kinematical, dynamical and structural analysis and the related design of mechanical systems of mean complexity through the definition of the rational shape and dimensions, the selection of materials and the proper choice of the production processes. Ability to apply the principles of the thermodynamics in analysing the energy processes and, in particular, those related to the fluid machines and systems.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The graduates in mechanical engineering support the specialists in designing, testing and developing devices and systems in the field of mechanical engineering. They are trained for correctly applying the modern procedures and the techniques to design, improve, develop and test products, machinery, equipment and plants of mean complexity. Typical jobs are: professional Mechanical Engineer (the access to the profession is ruled by State laws), technical draftsman and designer, technical mechanical analyst, production engineer, in particular programming of numerically controlled machine-tools, responsible of industrial safety, supervisor of industrial processes, technical equipments, systems and plants.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
In order to receive the degree the student has to complete the curricular exams including the final test to which 3 credits are assigned. The final test aims at assessing the ability to perform in autonomy the deepening of one subject of the degree cours