Engineering: Automation Engineering (IT)
Politecnico di Milano
Automation Engineering (IT)
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Campuses: Milano Leonardo
School: Ingegneria dell'Informazione (5th School of Engineering) and Ingegneria Industriale (4th School of Engineering)
Mission and goals
The graduate in Automation Engineering is an expert who can actively participate and take the lead in the executive design and development of products and systems. She/he may take on full responsibility for designing, installing, testing and maintaining complex machines and systems. The goal of the Automation Engineering programme is to provide the graduate with a strong background in fundamental scientific disciplines, such as mathematics and physics, in classical engineering fields, such as thermodynamics, mechanics, electric drives, automatic control, and in the disciplines of the information and telecommunication technology, like computer science, electronics, communication networks.
Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of her/his background, the graduate has all the necessary skills to design or manage systems resulting from the integration of highly diverse components and technologies. This flexibility both in the attitude and in the competences is a significant asset of the Automation Engineer, in view of the large variety of possible applications, of the continuous and rapid evolution of the technologies, as well as of the dynamics of the job market.
Automation Engineering offers challenging and fulfilling careers for engineering technologists in design, research and development, and technical support in many fields where automation and control are of paramount importance, such as: (a) industry producing manufacturing systems, automatic machines, robotic systems, mechatronic systems; (b) process industry (pulp and paper, energy production and conversion, chemical and petrochemical industry, etc.); (c) transportation systems (ground, marine and aerospace), concerning both the development of vehicles (cars, boats, helicopters, aircrafts, satellites), and the design, management and control of infrastructures; (d) transportation and distribution networks;(e) food industry; (f) electrical appliances and domotics; (g) environmental resources.
Typical companies where the automation engineers may operate include those producing and selling automation systems (both hardware and software); companies that use automated production plants or that manage highly complex services; engineering and consulting firms that design and project complex, economically challenging and technologically advanced plants and systems.
Programme duration: 2 years
Students already enrolled in this programme have these courses in their study plan.
Two curricula are available, the first one (Italian track) is taught in Italian, the second one (English track- Automation and Control Engineering) is entirely taught in English. In both cases, courses are organized on a semester basis: 45 credits are devoted to qualifying subjects (system identification, advanced and multivariable control, mechanics, electrical drives, automation lab.) and 10 credits are devoted to a course dealing with production technologies.