Second cycle degree

Engineering for the food industry

Double degree course established with New Jersey Institute of Technology

The degree programme

This Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering was created to assimilate the best that the peculiarities of the sector have to offer – that is, for the food industry which unites aspects of many different disciplines.

Rarely can these specialties and peculiarities be found together within any of the currently available mechanical engineering courses.

Technological developments within the food industry make it necessary for metalwork and plant engineering companies to organize specialized training courses or propose Master’s courses to make up for lackings within the sectors of technology, microbiology and food chemistry.

This course offers the chance to gain a global vision of the food industry and will allow graduates to find positions right in the heartlands of this sector. 100% of graduates find work within a year of completing this course (Employment data from ISTAT – Forze di lavoro – AlmaLaurea).

This figure is even better than the national average for mechanical engineers (73.7%).

What are you going to learn?

  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Food Processing – 9 CFU
  • Food hygiene and microbiology (Mod. I) – 6 CFU
  • Food hygiene and microbiology (Mod. II) – 6 CFU
  • Food hygiene and microbiology (Mod. III) – 3 CFU
  • Metalling materials for food industry – 6 CFU
  • Free choice exams – 12 CFU
  • Fluid machinery for food industry – 6 CFU
  • Food science and technology – 6 CFU
  • Food industry systems – 9 CFU
  • Utility plants design – 9 CFU
  • Food packaging materials and technology (Mod. I) – 6 CFU
  • Food packaging materials and technology (Mod. II) – 3 CFU
  • Digital twin in food industry – 6 CFU
  • Mechanical automation for the food industry – 12 CFU
  • Food machinery design – 6 CFU
  • Final examinations – 9 CFU
  • Stage / internship + Italian language exam – 6 CFU

First semester

  • Advanced and predicted food microbiology – 6 CFU
  • Advanced food technology and food process – 6 CFU
  • Applied acoustic – 6 CFU
  • Project management – 6 CFU

Second semester

  • Mitigation of risk in food production – 6 CFU
  • Food law and international policies – 6 CFU
  • Internet of things – 6 CFU
  • Attività di completamento erasmus – 6 CFU

After graduation

As a graduate in Engineering for the Food Industry, occupational choices include mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering, the production and conversion of energy, plant engineering, automation and robotics, companies specialized in the production, installation, testing and maintenance of machinery.

Main responsibilities typically include management of food production, machine and systems design for the food industry, management and planning for food production, management of complex systems, project management for food plant contracts, sale assistance for complex food production systems and quality control of food packaging.

General information

  • Course held in English

  • Type of course and duration

    Two-year second cycle degree (Laurea magistrale)

  • Admission

    Free admission with minimum 85/110 grade or equivalent

  • Course code

    LM-33 Classe delle lauree magistrali in Ingegneria meccanica

  • Faculty advisors

    Prof. Giuseppe Vignali

    Prof. Andrea Volpi

  • Department

    Department of Engineering and Architecture – Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A – Campus Universitario