The Master Degree in Energy Engineering was created in 2009, transforming the "Specialist Degree" Course of the same denomination, activated in 2006. The Course is the result of a cultural project that led to the stipulation of an agreement between the University of Sannio and the University of Naples Federico II: despite the fact that the course is based in Benevento, the agreement with the Federico II University makes it possible to broaden the spectrum of skills available for teaching, and also to make research facilities (laboratories) of the University of Naples available to students.
That said, the cultural structure of the Master Degree offers a broad and balanced spectrum in the three main reference areas (chemical, electrical and thermomechanical engineering). The course is therefore aimed at forming an engineer operating as a self-employed professional/consultant or as an employee of public and private institutions, with a complete preparation in the sector, capable of entering into operational context that are very diversified in terms of dimensions and types, and are characterized by rapid evolution both from the technological point of view and from that of work organization.
The curricular activities related to the basic disciplines are aimed at integrating the methodological and operational knowledge of mathematics and other basic sciences, bringing them to a level sufficient to face problems of modeling and experimental analysis of the complex physical and chemical phenomena involved in energy transformations.
Characterizing and related training activities provide the methodological and operational knowledge of energy engineering and allow the attainment of a good degree of in-depth analysis of some specific problems, also taking into account innovative technologies and the most up-to-date analysis tools.
At the end of the course of studies, the graduate in energy engineering will know in depth the theoretical and scientific aspects of both mathematics and other basic sciences and engineering, with particular reference to those of energy engineering, in which it is capable of identifying, formulating and solving, even in an innovative way, complex problems or those requiring an interdisciplinary approach. He/she will also be able to conceive, plan, design and manage complex and / or innovative systems, processes and services, using adequate and up-to-date methods, techniques and tools, while at the same time presenting the issues relating to safety and compliance with the environment and territory, aspects of corporate culture and professional ethics.
With reference to professional skills, the course aims at a deepening of knowledge mainly in the field of planning, analysis and control of civil and industrial energy plants. Outgoing preparation involves the knowledge of at least one European Union language in addition to Italian, and adequate computer skills that enable the graduate to use the tools currently available and to follow the evolution of technologies in the information sector.
The teaching activity normally includes 60 credits per year, for a total of 120 credits in total. In the annual manifesto of the studies it is specified the detail of this activity, which includes lectures, exercises, laboratory and planning activities, seminars, tutoring, orientation, internship. Teaching is carried out making extensive use of laboratory activities relating to the various disciplines. Students are often asked to develop papers in application of the skills they have acquired, as well as to draw up their reports, encouraging them to work in groups.
The exams are usually individual.
The final exam consists in the preparation and public discussion, in the presence of a specially appointed commission, of an individually written thesis, in which a topic characterizing the chosen cultural and/or professional profile has been developed under the guidance of a supervisor. The preparation of the thesis may require the performance of research, design and laboratory activities. The student must demonstrate to have achieved a good mastery of the topics, to have achieved the ability to operate independently, to be able to communicate effectively and briefly the main results obtained, and to know how to support an adversarial process.
Industrial engineer with advanced and interdisciplinary skills related to chemical, electrical and thermomechanical engineering characterizing energy engineering
Function in a work context: Designer, tester and manager of units, components, machines and plants for energy production, transformation and distribution. Energy consultant, Energy Manager, Technician for environmental impact assessment of plants powered by fossil fuels or exploitation of renewable sources.
Skills associated with the function: The graduate has advanced skills related to energy processes, systems and devices and in particular: chemical plants of energy interest and containment of polluting emissions; planning and management of electrical energy systems; analysis, modeling and optimization of combustion processes and of energy systems and processes in general; energy applications; management of fluid machines and energy systems; automation of electrical energy systems.
Career opportunities: Graduates will find professional opportunities in the industrial sector (energy systems and installations, "production", supply and distribution of energy carriers), public bodies, ESCO service companies (energy consultancy, training), as well as in professional activity (plant engineering), and energy certification of buildings. It can operate as Energy Manager in companies and institutions, public and private. The graduate is also able to continue the study path with a research doctorate in the characterizing and related fields of energy engineering.
Access to the Master Degree is subject to the possession of a bachelor Degree. Students are also required to have "curricular requirements" related to university education, "personal preparation requirements" related to a university career and to the level of personal preparation, and adequate language skills.
The curricular requirements concern the possession of adequate knowledge of the basic scientific disciplines and of the disciplines that characterize energy engineering: in particular for the basic disciplines the acquisition of 36 CFUs ("Unit Formation Credits", as per Italian legislation) from a "basket" of 14 scientific-disciplinary sectors is required. for the disciplines characterizing the acquisition of 45 CFU from a "basket" of 20 scientific-disciplinary sectors.
The requirements for personal preparation concern the average with which the degree was acquired, as well as the time taken to acquire it.
Language skills concern the ability to fluently use, in written and oral form, at least one European Union language in addition to Italian, with reference also to disciplinary lexicons. These skills can be demonstrated by appropriate certification issued by an accredited body, or by a certificate issued by the University language center.
In the event of failure to meet the curricular and/or personal preparation requirements, the Degree Course Council may provide for the acquisition of credits to fill any gaps in the first case, and/or pass an entry test in the second. Verification of language competences will be carried out no later than the date established annually by the Academic Senate.
More details on the admission procedures are contained in the "Didactic Regulations" of the Master Degree.
The final exam must verify the candidate proficiency in the subjects studied and his/her ability to express it. Therefore it consists in the preparation and public discussion, in the presence of a specially appointed commission, of an individually written thesis, in which, under the guidance of a lecturer, a topic characterizing the professional profile required by the Master Degree was developed. The preparation of the thesis may require the discussion of research topics or advanced design, and therefore the need to carry out laboratory experiments, the use of advanced software, the analysis of international technical literature.