In order to graduate from the Department of Mechanical Engineering students have to attend and successfully complete courses (compulsory and elective) and a Diploma Thesis.
The programme of studies is comprised of three distinct modules:
The first module of studies lasts six semesters (1st to 6th) and includes 30 compulsory core courses.
The second module of studies lasts two semesters (7th and 8th) and the student must choose one of the three available directions of studies: a) Manufacturing, b) Energy, and c) Industrial Management. The second module includes: seven courses (5 compulsory and 2 elective) of the selected direction and 2 elective courses from each of the two other directions.
The third module of studies lasts two semesters (9th and 10th) and includes 7 elective courses along a specialization within the selected direction. The specializations are as follows: A. Manufacturing (A1. Materials Technology, A2. Analysis and Synthesis of Structures, A3. Manufacturing Technology), B. Energy (B1. Production and Use of Energy, B2. Environment and Antipollution Technology, B3. Aeronautics and Engines), C. Industrial Management.
The examination in courses can take place in an oral/written form or through assignments (instructorchoice). Students can choose to undertake a student project and/or an internship. The Diploma Thesis is compulsory and is equivalent to thirty (30) ECTS credits.
The Mechanical Engineering program aims to educate and train engineers capable of studying and comprehending the principles of natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics and applying those in the design, synthesis, analysis, manufacturing and operation of machines, mechanical structures and production systems as well as to promote the scientific field of mechanical engineering and its state-of-the-art applications. At the applied level, the program aims to provide the graduates with the necessary skills and competencies for the development of innovative products and services, the solution of engineering and scientific problems and the adaptation in the continuously developing technological and economic environments.
Specifically, upon successful completion of their studies, graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering based on their courses, dissertation and practical training acquire competencies and skills for: (a) the solution of technical problems, (b) the concept of scientific research in mechanical engineering, (c) the planning and management of industrial production systems, (d) the development of new materials and the processes for their production and mechanical manufacturing, (e) the design and analysis in environmental engineering applications, (f) the performance of experimental measurements and their evaluation for mechanical, electrical and process applications, (g) the synthesis and assessment of energy systems, and finally (h) consultation regarding subjects in the field of mechanical engineering and its applications.
Graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering, in addition to the basic knowledge of their discipline and profession also possess the capacity: 1) to apply knowledge in practical real world situations, 2) to communicate in a second language, 3) to retrieve, process, analyse and synthesize data and information utilising appropriate technologies, 4) to adapt to new situations and reach relevant decisions, 5) to work independently or in groups as well as in international and/or interdisciplinary environments, 6) to generate new research ideas, promote scientific knowledge, plan and manage scientific and research projects, 7) to respect diversity, multiculturalism and the natural environment, 8) to demonstrate social, professional, and moral responsibility and exhibit sensitivity to gender issues and human values, 9) to show fair judgement and critically judge themselves, and finally 10) to promote free, inductive and deductive thinking.