transversality is the keyword of this MSc Degree, which is held only in English and combines electronics, mechanics, electrical drives, automatic control and information technology to transfer skills to manage the design, engineering, manufacturing, operation and maintenance of mechatronic systems and devices, and the management of laboratories and plants.

The curriculum offers many opportunities for international mobility thanks to its double degree agreements with international universities.

The Mechatronic Engineer is a relatively recent professional figure, but it is very highly appreciated for its ability to find new solutions.

Job opportunities are mainly in businesses related to automation, electronics, electromechanics and mechanics that design and manufacture mechanical, auto-vehicle, aeronautical and space, and robotic systems; demand also comes from manufacturing industries, which require the ability to combine skills in mechanics with those in electronics, information technology, electrical drives and automatic control. 



Program duration: 2 years


Reference Faculty

Program held in English

 Educational objectives

A mechatronic system or device can be defined as one for the design of which you need a wealth of cross-curricular knowledge, mainly, but not only, of electronics, mechanics, machinery and electrical drives, automatic control and information technology.
Graduates in Mechatronic Engineering gain a scientific and technical knowledge of mechatronic systems that is “transversal” by nature as it crosses over electronics, mechanics, electrical drives, automatic control and information technology. The mechatronic engineer is therefore a technical professional with an extensive and broad-spectrum preparation that allows her/him to communicate with specialists in different fields while working in the areas of design, engineering, manufacturing, operation and maintenance of mechatronic systems and equipment, and managing of laboratories and plants.
The program is taught in English and, hinged on the preceding basic knowledge acquired during the BSc degree courses, it offers a curriculum that provides a broad spectrum interdisciplinary technical preparation, dedicated to the study and use of components, devices, mechatronic apparatuses and systems, as well as the ability to use theoretical tools and IT development environments for their modeling and design.
The 1st year prepares students on advanced topics in the disciplines that characterize mechatronic engineering (modeling of systems, mechanics, electronic systems, automatic control and robotics, electrical machines, computer science). The “Applied mechanics and machine design” module is compulsory for students with a BSc in Electronic Engineering, while the “Circuit Theory” module (offered as an alternative to the latter) is compulsory for those with a BSc in Mechanical engineering.
The 2nd year deepens and complements the specializing topics of mechatronic engineering and develops workshop activities to complete these skills.
In each of the two years, students have the opportunity to choose among a set of modules that are alternative to each other. In particular, during the 1st year, students can choose between the “Identification and control methodologies” module, to extend their knowledge in the construction of dynamical systems models, starting from experimental data, and in the design of model-based control systems, and the “Fluid automation” module, to deepen fluid-mechanical automation issues. During the 2nd year, the proposed modules are: “Modern design of control systems”, to study issues relating to control and in particular to robust and H-infinite control, or alternatively the “Software architecture for automation” module, dedicated to software used for the implementation of automation systems in manufacturing. The student can also choose between the “Laboratory of Robust Identification and Control” module, in which she/he has the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in the fields of identification and control, and the “Automotive Control Systems” module, in which a deeper approach is taken on the analysis of the main control issues in automotive applications.
The study options also allow a further choice of elective courses, through which students can acquire additional specific content in automation and in optimization processes, as well as in the areas of electronic drives, mechanical design, aerospace systems, information systems and in the operational verification of electronic systems. The curriculum is completed with the creation and discussion of a final paper (thesis), with which students combine their knowledge and use their newly acquired skills on a theoretical, application and/or experimental activity, and to which they will have to provide their own original contribution. The thesis work may be carried out at university or in public or private external institutions, be they national or international, with which there are established collaboration agreements. The curriculum also allows students to choose an internship period which may also be linked to the thesis work.
For students interested in activities abroad, there are agreements with overseas universities for studies and/or thesis work in collaboration with local representatives. In some cases, there are educational paths that allow students to obtain a double degree.

 Career opportunities

Mechatronic Engineers are relatively recent professional figures but highly appreciated because they respond to the needs of a labor market that often requires knowhow to integrate electronics, mechanics, electrical drives, automatic controls and computers, from the very beginning of the design process. This approach enables engineers to identify new mechatronic solutions where a traditional approach would not be enough, or where performance would be lower.
Therefore, students studying for a MSc degree in Mechatronic Engineering receive ¿transversal’ training that includes all of these areas. Mechatronic engineers are thus technicians with ample, broad-spectrum preparation that enables them to manage laboratories and plants and to work together with specialists from various fields operating in the fields of design, engineering, production, implementation and maintenance of mechatronic systems and devices.
The numerous and varied employment opportunities include manufacturing firms and service providers, public and private, large, medium or small, operating in areas of advanced design, planning, programming and management of complex systems and product and process innovation. Mechatronic engineers are particularly appreciated in small enterprises because of their ability to deal with a variety of interdisciplinary problems.
Graduates with a MSc in Mechatronics Engineering are in high demand by automation companies, where complex automation systems are developed, designed and created; by electronic, electromechanical and mechanical firms that design and produce the mechanical, motor vehicle, aeronautic and space, and robotics systems; and by industrial manufacturers needing engineers who can combine their skills in mechanics with their knowledge of electronics, computer science, electrical drives and automation.

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I contenuti scientifico-disciplinari suddivisi per area di apprendimento e definiti tramite i “descrittori di Dublino” sono riportati nella tabella relativa al Quadro A4b – Risultati di apprendimento attesi.