The specific aim of the Second Cycle Degree in Mechanical Engineering is to produce graduates with a solid grounding in areas relating to Mechanics and with in-depth knowledge of the design of complex systems (with the use of advanced techniques and tools), automation, industrial production and energy management and transformation. The mechanical engineer with a Second Cycle Degree will be able to understand and apply techniques of advanced design of machines and systems employ the latest methods and tools and use new materials and systems, and therefore take on roles of responsibility; he/she will be able to design and implement production and energy conversion processes, work in the area of automated production systems, in measurement laboratories, in the area of quality and safety certification and in technical-business sectors. The graduate will also learn how to promote products and services and assist clients. The programme of the Second Cycle Degree consists of subjects in the core disciplines, such as: Fluid machines; Applied physics; Machine mechanics; Mechanical design and machinery construction; Industrial engineering design and methods; Production technologies and systems; Mechanical Industrial Plants. The course also includes subjects in related core areas and interrelated areas pertaining to Materials, Machinery and electrical drives, and Electronics, in order to expand the knowledge acquired in the previous courses of study and deal with subjects with a more specialized and applied content. The course is enriched by activities to be chosen by the students in order to explore specific issues in further depth and to prepare graduates for their future career or for further studies in a PhD or Master Programme. The other activities include internships in local companies and laboratory activities for acquiring practical experience. A substantial amount of time is dedicated to the preparation of the Thesis, whose advanced technical and scientific content requires a considerable work commitment by the students.