Master's Degree in Mechatronic Engineering

Features of the Course and Professional Outlets

The Master's Degree Course (MSc) in Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Padova, Vicenza, lasts two years, with a half-yearly organization, and aims to train engineers able to tackle the challenges that are launched by industries on a daily basis. In fact, the course is instituted to respond to the needs of the productive fabric of the North-East Italian territory, in particular from the area of Vicenza, which hosts over three hundred small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the field of Mechatronics and Innovative Mechanical Technologies.

The professional figure of the mechatronic engineer is transversal to many areas of engineering, such as, electrical, mechanical, and electronic/computer engineering. The main objective of this MSc degree is to train a three-year mechatronic engineer who masters and is able to integrate in a mechanical project the modern technologies of sensors, actuators, and electric drives, even controlled in real-time by programmable electronic devices. This integration is possible only if the mechanical design is carried out with modern techniques that can account for displacements and stresses, predict noise and vibrations, calculate motion laws and actuation torques to be supplied as references to the electronic sub-systems, for the correct functioning of the system. The mechatronic engineer thus becomes the natural coordinator of electro-mechanical projects, in which he is able to discern mechanical and electronic solutions that are best suited to the different specific purposes and takes care of its implementation in the various phases of the project.

The Course in Mechatronic Engineering in Vicenza is, in some ways, complementary to the one in Automation Engineering in Padova, and aims at a masterly training that, together with the Control sectors, gives ample space to specific, in-depth analysis on topics of Mechanical and Electronics Engineering, with relevant application aspects. This is witnessed by a significant presence of laboratory activities associated with the different teachings, in which students can experience the application of the concepts and methods borrowed from the scientific research and presented in details during classes. The main professional opportunities for a MSc in Mechatronics Engineering are in companies designing and producing machines and mechanical systems with integrated electronic devices; in particular:

  • packaging and packaging machines;
  • machines for the food sector;
  • machines for the goldsmith sector;
  • machine tools and special machines (automotive test benches);
  • textile machines and plants;
  • in-line quality control machines;
  • machines for the pharmaceutical sector;
  • manufacturers of machines and electric drives;
  • automated systems for logistics, automated warehouses, AGV, SGV;
  • machines for refrigeration and heat exchange;
  • automated systems for production, packaging, assembly.