Aerospace Engineering is a four-semester programme with core and elective courses. The core modules are applied aerodynamics, aerospace propulsion systems, atmospheric flight dynamics, aerospace structures, automatic flight control and design methods in the aerospace industry. From the second semester, students may take elective courses in experimental methods in aerodynamics, simulation and modelling in fluid dynamics, aerospace technologies and materials, spacecraft orbital dynamics and control, spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, radio communication and radar systems.Career Opportunities
The Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering takes students on to a career in the aerospace and high tech industries or research. Graduates from the programme may work with aerospace marine, mechanical, automotive industries, including those dedicated the production of wind energy. Airlines and government agencies for Air Traffic Control are also among the possible employments. Graduates in the space sector may find jobs with national or international space agencies. Graduate students can also access PhD and other post-graduate research degrees.
Access to further study
Aerospace and Astronautical Engineering
Main professional functions and competences:
The specific engineering and technical background offers graduates in Aerospace Engineering access to a wide range of occupations, also working in fields normally covered by mechanical, industrial and management engineers, including:
Working also with highly complex systems, both in strictly aerospace fields and more general industrial fields, analysing fluid-dynamic fields associated with different systems, in charge of aerodynamic design. Drafts simplified physical and mathematical models to estimate aerodynamic loads. Uses numerical models to analyse motion in various aerospace and industrial applications, calculating the aerodynamic load on various elements. Uses even sophisticated calculation software with different turbulence models for non-linear analyses in different situations. Carries out experimental tests in wind tunnels or specific experimental plants and critically interprets the data.
Design and management of quality and production systems in manufacturing industries which apply advanced technologies in the field of materials, aerodynamics and light structures.
Guarantees the design, production, testing and management of the principal conventional and non-conventional systems, managing logistics and the optimisation of production and processes generally. Analyses and manages complex manufacturing systems, competently selecting the materials and heat treatments, assessing costs and introducing appropriate innovation in processes, equipment and aeronautical and industrial production systems generally. Plans and monitors the reliability and quality of production, and at the same time, assures innovation and positioning in the most advanced product markets.
Occupies positions of responsibility in design, management, coordination and development of industrial and/or research activities in public and private bodies and aerospace companies, as well as innovative activities within the freelance field. Produces design specifications, plans development and design activities for all parts and components. Designs new technical solutions starting from the definition of specifications through to prototyping and production. Draws up physical and mathematical models to interpret the behaviour of the designed components and systems, focusing on functional improvement. Uses even sophisticated calculation software and carries out experimental tests to check the functional features of products. Produces the technical documentation required for internal production and installation at customer premises.
Holds positions of responsibility in the design of individual subsystems and plants on board aeronautical and space vehicles to ensure the operational life of the system (vehicle steering and control, power output and distribution, avionics and on-board information transmission and processing electronic systems, heat control and air-conditioning systems, etc.) as well as ground systems for mission control and experimentation. Defines the functional architecture for single units, identifies the functional terms of components and the influence of the external environment and dynamic interactions on systems and subsystems, using specific survey methods, including simulation for experimental, analytical and numerical modelling.
Holds positions of responsibility in the study of aeronautical and space systems as a whole and the interaction and integration of subsystems within the configuration, in order to achieve the objectives of the mission. Also deals with the ground and flight experimentation of aeronautical and space systems, on-board, steering, navigation instrumentation and system control. Designs and develops methodologies, subsystems and instrumentation for special applications including remote surveying.
Draws up physical and mathematical models for performance analysis. Studies the influence of aircraft centring on stability and controllability features and of configuration on take-off and landing performance. Designs subsystems and ground instrumentation to measure trajectories and orbits and for data acquisition and transmission. Uses calculation software to optimise trajectories to reduce atmospheric and noise pollution. Critically analyses the data from previous missions. Provides consulting for accidents. Studies international air traffic control laws.
Working also with advanced systems, both in strictly aerospace fields and more general industrial fields, this professional figure possesses widespread knowledge in the preparation, processing and applications of materials, using the competences acquired both on structural materials (metals and polymers) and functional materials (such as advanced materials for the micro-mechanical and electronic industries). In each material class, the specific competences are based on the understanding of the relations between the material micro-structure and their properties (mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc.), competences underlying the basic common training of industrial engineers. Materials engineers also have the tools required for material characterisation, processing and functionalisation and is able to choose materials and production processes to suit a given component, considering the influence of transformation and subsequent processing on the structure and properties of the material.
MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE ENGINEER
Based on in-depth theoretical and scientific knowledge of even highly complex systems in both specific aerospace and more general industrial fields, they hold organisational and managerial roles requiring basic technological competences, particularly in the analysis and management of production and logistical processes and company management processes. They are also able to critically analyse and solve problems affecting the management and control of airline fleets, aircraft maintenance, also concerning the modification and certification of systems and plants, the management of operational, administrative and technical-commercial processes.
Main professional competences:
2°-year students may participate in a curricular internship of 300 hours (12 credits) in firms that have agreements with the University of Bologna or in facilities of the Faculty itself. The organisation may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the Faculty Internship Office. The internship represents an important opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of the world of work.
The internship activity is examined after completion with a simple pass/fail criterion.
Students enrolled in the degree programme have the possibility to spend part of their academic career in foreign universities in or outside of the European Union, by applying to the relative programmes and carefully checking the requirements for participation in the many opportunities offered by the University for periods of study aboard.
The following are just some of the opportunities for study abroad:
Students may also choose to prepare their final dissertation or carry out their period of work placement abroad.
Departmental coordinator for international student mobility:
Prof. Alessandro Talamelli
Student Mobility Tutor e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International relations office
The final examination is open to students having obtained all the required credits with the exception of those relative to the final examination. The final examination comprises a specialist dissertation, based on an important design or research project; the activity must be completed by an original dissertation demonstrating autonomy, command of the cultural tools inherent in aerospace engineering and the students' communication skills.
The dissertation must relate to a topic which is coherent with the learning outcomes of the 2nd cycle degree programme. The dissertation will be presented in public before a Board appointed under the terms of the 2nd cycle degree programme regulations.
The University of Bologna offers Unibo Action 2 study grants to deserving international students, who wish to register for Second Cycle Degree Programmes in A.Y. 2014/2015.
The grants, worth 11,000 gross, are assigned on the basis of the GRE (Revised General Test) test scores. Read the full information on the requirements and the application procedure in the call for applications, available on the website of the University of Bologna.
The deadline to apply for these grants is March 31st, 2014.