Robotics, automation, mechatronics engineering: degree courses in Italy

Every day we hear about topics such as robotics , home automation, 3D printing, drones , artificial intelligence and industry 4.0. Nowadays, for example, it is unthinkable to live without the aid of robots: just think that practically most of the world's industries use automated chains, moreover Italy is second in Europe and sixth in the world for the number of robots . Why, then, if you are passionate about computer science, electronics or mathematics / physics, do you not delve into these issues by becoming the engineer who will one day take care of these machines yourself? In this section we will find out which three-year degree courses that the various Italian universities make available and above all what is studied in robotics engineering.

Robotics Engineering Degree Courses
Italian universities offer a great variety of degree courses for robotics, home automation and mechatronics.

Starting by describing the professional figure of the automation engineer, the latter is the one who designs, builds and manages “ automatic ” equipment and systems, that is, which work independently of human intervention. Mechatronics , in particular, is the discipline that combines electronics , mechanics , information technology , automatic and electrical for the construction of these machines (understood as complex systems equipped with organs of which at least one is mobile). In addition to purely mechanical elements, today there is a need for mechatronic engineers since in each machine there are precisely " mechatronic " elements (sensors, actuators, control devices) that make the machines " intelligent ". It is already understood that the automation / robotic / mechatronic engineer must have a multidisciplinary character.

During the three-year degree course, the first two years are usually aimed at acquiring basic knowledge such as mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanics, computer science, while the third year is very specialized and allows to learn characterizing disciplines such as electrical machines, electrical and electronic measurements, mobile and industrial robotics, power electronics and many others. Most three-year courses in Automation Engineering include the following subjects:

  • Mathematical analysis
  • Physics
  • Technical Physics
  • Foundations of Informatics
  • Geometry and Linear Algebra
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Fundamentals of telecommunications
  • Automatic controls
  • Mechanics applied to machines
  • Mobile and Industrial Robotics
  • Electric Machines and Drives
  • Electrical and electronic measurements
  • Electronics of digital systems
  • Industrial automation

Robotics Engineering: three-year degree courses in Italy

To undertake a university course of this type, it is possible to choose a three-year course of study in Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering which, however, provide a solid foundation. Later on, we specialize with a master's course in automation / robotics / mechatronics, but it is also advisable to choose the following courses from the three-year course:

  • University of PalermoCybernetic Engineering
  • Politecnico di MilanoAutomation Engineering
  • University of PaduaMechatronic Engineering
  • University of Naples Federico IIAutomation Engineering
  • University of BresciaIndustrial Automation Engineering
  • University of Bologna Alma Mater StudiorumAutomation Engineering
  • University of L'AquilaInformation Engineering – Automatic Engineering
  • University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaMechatronic Engineering
  • University of Rome La SapienzaComputer and Automatic Engineering
  • Polytechnic University of MarcheComputer and Automation Engineering
  • Polytechnic of BariComputer and Automation Engineering

Master's degree courses in Italy

A master's degree program in automation engineering certainly provides many transversal and very current skills inherent in the automation engineering sector (Degree class LM-25). All the master's degree courses that Italian universities provide in the field of robotic engineering are listed below . A particular reference should be made to the brand new course in engineering of cyber-physical systems for industry at the University of Palermo , which deals with issues related to Industry 4.0 that differ from the other courses.

  • University of PalermoCyber-Physical Systems Engineering for Industry ;
  • University of PaduaControl System EngineeringMechatronic Engineering;
  • Turin PolytechnicMechatronic Engineering ;
  • University of Rome Tor VergataAutomation Engineering ;
  • University of Rome La SapienzaArtificial Intelligence and RoboticsControl Engineering – Automatic Engineering ;
  • University of CataniaAutomation Engineering and Control of Complex System ;
  • University of PisaRobotics and Automation Engineering ;
  • University of PaviaIndustrial Automation Engineering ;
  • University of CalabriaRobotics and Automation Engineering ;
  • University of FlorenceElectrical and Automation Engineering ;
  • University of BresciaIndustrial Automation Engineering ;
  • University of Bologna Alma Mater StudiorumAutomation Engineering ;
  • Politecnico di MilanoAutomation Engineering ;
  • University of GenoaRobotics Engineering ;
  • Polytechnic of BariAutomation Engineering ;
  • University of TrentoMechatronics Engineering .

Job opportunities and the employment rate

Graduates in automation engineering have very diversified skills that allow them to fit into various work scenarios in which the principles of automation play an important role. For example, the graduate could find employment in electronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial robotics, mobile and subsea companies. Furthermore, he will be able to work in companies producing network services, energy distribution, civil and industrial automation service providers. Finally, graduates will be able to carry out research work at national bodies in the automation sector .

An automation engineering degree program offers varied skills.

Speaking of the employment rate of automation engineers, we present the following data from Almalaurea (survey year 2019):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Engineering L-8 (survey 1 year after graduation)
    • 83.5% of graduates enrolled in a master's degree course;
    • 25.6% work, 69.4% do not work and do not seek work, 5% do not work but seek;
    • Net average monthly salary of € 1169
  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering L-9 (survey 1 year after graduation)
    • 89.3% of graduates enrolled in a master's degree course;
    • 18.8% work, 74.9% do not work and do not seek work, 6.3% do not work but seek;
    • Net average monthly salary of € 966
  • Master's Degree in Automation Engineering LM-25 (survey 1-3-5 years from graduation)
    • 1 year after graduation 80.1% of graduates are working (net average monthly salary € 1608 );
    • 3 years after graduation 83.3% of graduates are working (net average monthly salary € 1803 );
    • Five years after graduation, 92.8% of graduates are working (net average monthly salary € 1883 );

Article by Massimo Romano

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