Academic Year 2015/16

School of Industrial and Information Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Automation Engineering
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)

Milano Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law355
NameAutomation Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degree (¹)L-8 - Information Technology
L-9 - Industrial Engineering
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1,2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Giovanni Gustavo Lozza
Coordinator of the Study programme Paolo Rocco
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme
(¹) The student belongs to one or the other Degree class depending on the education chose.

Student Office (Study programme) - Milano Leonardo
Reference office
Segreteria didattica del Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (sezione Ingegneria dell'Informazione)
Address Via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano
Phone 02 2399 3400/3641

Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The role of Automation Engineering is to design, develop, and manage, equipment that makes  the operation of machines, processes, plants, and networks for the distribution of goods and the deployment of services, independent, as far as possible, from the direct intervention of the human. These activities require creativity and experience in dealing with the integration problems deriving from the combination of traditional engineering technologies (mechanical, electrical, etc.) with information technologies (control and automation, electronics, computer science, and telecommunications). Above all, they require a special attitude to relate the characteristics of each single element to a persistent system vision.  Increasingly complex automation systems are common in all industrial and tertiary fields and are used both to automate the processes, and to improve the quality and technological content of products. The presence of diverse technologies in the products and in the typical applications of the Automation Engineering is reflected in the strong interdisciplinary nature of the programme.  The demand for graduates in Automation Engineering from the job market is in fact steadily increasing, thanks to their versatility and to the breadth of their background.

This programme has been established in Politecnico di Milano in the Academic Year 2001/02 with the goal to train highly skilled technicians in the area of automation, to fulfill the needs of a local context characterized by an extraordinary concentration of companies operating in the process industry, in the manufacturing systems, and in the services. Since then, the programme has been succesful in terms of enrolment of both students coming from the Lombardy region and students coming from other regions in Italy. The graduates in Automation Engineering have easily found job opportunities in all the sectors of production and services.

3. Learning objectives

The first cycle, resulting in a Bachelor of Science, aims at providing the students with an adequate background of methods and general scientific contents, as well as with the knowledge of the main tools needed to practice the job of engineer. For this, a solid background in fundamental scientific disciplines, such as mathematics and physics, is required together with specific skills in the traditional engineering subjects, such as mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical machines, and in the information technology subjects, i.e. computer science, electronics, telecommunications, and control.

The fundamental subjects (mathematics, physics, basic circuit theory, thermodynamics, etc.) are studied mainly during the first three semesters, together with introductory notions on the information technology area (computer science, telecommunications). In the fourth semester these topics are integrated with fundamentals of electronics, while specific topics of the automation engineering are introduced (mechanics, automatic control). Finally, in the last year, other specific topics are studied (electrical machines and drives) as well as automation systems in specific industrial sectors (process industry, manufacturing plants, robotic systems). The background is completed with courses on measurement instrumentation and production systems.

Thanks to the strong interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum, graduates have all the necessary skills to design or manage systems resulting from the integration of highly different technologies. This flexibility, both in the attitude and in the competences, is a significant asset of the Automation Engineer, in view of the wide range of possible applications, of the continuous and rapid evolution of technology and of the dynamics of the job market.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

Automation Engineering is a three-year programme leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates can apply for a two-year Master of Science programme, possibly followed by three-year doctoral studies, as shown in the diagram below. Further information can be obtained from the web site of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering


Flow diagram of the programme.

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The graduate in Automation Engineering can take an examination to get an engineering license and join the Italian professional register of industrial or information engineers. There exist different registers for graduates holding a Bachelor of Science degree and graduates holding a Master of Science degree. However, in general it is not necessary to belong to the national register of engineers in order to practice, either in industry or in public administration.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

The job opportunities of automation engineers reflect the pervasive influence of a technological development that affects not only all the traditional fields of engineering, but also other areas, such as equipment or systems for biomedical applications, or decision support systems for the management of natural resources, or for the protection from pollution. The automation market
covers, increasingly, all sectors of industrial production and services:

  • industry producing  automatic machines, robots and more generally mechatronic systems, resulting from the integrated design of mechanics and control;
  • process industry (chemical and petrochemical, pulp and paper, plastic, energy production and conversion, etc.);
  • transportation systems (land, sea and air) concerning both the development of vehicles (cars, boats, aircrafts, etc.) and the design, management and control of infrastructures (railway, motorway, underground, etc.);
  • transportation and distribution networks (water, gas, electric power, etc.);
  • food industry;
  • electrical appliances and domotics;
  • environmental resources.

In all these areas, the automation engineer typically operates in:

  • companies producing and selling automation systems (both hardware and software);
  • companies that use automated production plants or that manage highly complex services;
  • engineering and consulting firms that design and project complex, economically challenging and technologically advanced plants and systems.

In conclusion, the automation engineer may find a job not just in the companies that produce, or incorporate in their products, tools and systems for the automation, but also in all the companies where automation systems play technically and economically significant roles.

Surveys of University Assessment Commission

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)

6.2 Requested knowledge

To be admitted in the Bachelor of Science, an adequate background is required in mathematics, physics, besides advanced verbal comprehension skills. An adequate knowledge of English is also required. Skills deemed essential are indicated each year in the public notices and in the Enrolment Guide by describing the subjects that will be part of the admission test. Should it emerge that students do not possess these skills, they are assigned specific learning obligations to be fulfilled before being able to register for any exam session. The way these provisions are implemented is established every year by the Academic Senate.

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

Transfer requests from students of Politecnico di Milano that want to transfer over to the Bachelor Degree in Automation Engineering are only accepted if the student has reached, by the 15th of August, a number of registered CFUs that is greater or equal to 20, including courses that are present in the student's study plan as supplementary. The Commission in charge of student transfers for the Degree Programme of Automation Engineering will determine which of these courses will be acknowledged as useful for attaining the degree.

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6.4 Tutoring and students support

The School of Industrial and Information Engineering offers a series of activities aimed at making university studies more efficient and productive, with the assistance of both professor-tutors and student-tutors, the latter being selected by way of notice of competitions published by the University every year. The tutoring is for both first year students, for whom meetings with Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology professors are foreseen, and students from other years, for whom activities exploring specific subjects that are defined every year are foreseen.

For further information on the activities carried out, please see the website of the School


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

To graduate (Bachelor of Science) acquisition of 180 credits is required, as specified in the academic regulations. In particular, for the foundation subjects (mathematics, physics, computer science), at least 45 CFU credits are allocated, for the subject-specific courses (control and automation, convertors, electrical machinery and operations, mechanics) 55 CFU credits are required, for the integrative and similar activities (electronics, telecommunications, measurements, economic-management engineering) at least 20 CFU credits are allocated. It is possible to complete preparation by taking further academic activities or via a traineeship to be carried out at an external company (industry, engineering company). 3 CFU credits are foreseen for the final examination.

7.2 Mode of study

This Course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The Automation Engineering Bachelor of Science has just one track, the same for all students, that proposes different choices only in the second semester of the third year. An internship is recommended to students who intend to go straight into employment after graduating; while students who intend on continuing with their studies in the Master of Science programme are recommended to attend additional courses. For more information on how to start this internship and how it works, please see the relevant service put in place by the programme (

Studies are organised on a semester basis: approximately halfway into the semesters there is a one week-long break in which students can take interim examinations. For information on how classes and exams are distributed in the year please see the academic calendar. More specific information on the organisation of each individual course is provided with the detailed programme of the course itself. The academic calendar and detailed programme of all courses are available in the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering (

1 Year courses - Track: A1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
082740AMAT/05ANALISI MATEMATICA 1110.010.0

2 Year courses - Track: A1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group

3 Year courses - Track: A1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
085887A,B,CING-INF/05BASI DI DATI 115.0

In the third year all students can freely include educations activities in their study plan for 15 credits, as long as they are consistent with the educational project. The Automation Engineering study Programme board must check that the proposal is consistent with such educational project. Consistency is assured for the courses reported in the previous table. In particular, the courses  "Probability and statistics" and "Fundamentals of operations research" are suggested to students who intend on continuing with their studies in the Master of Science programme.

7.4 Foreign language

Knowledge of the English language must be documented by the successful participation in the English section of the admission "Test On Line", or by certificates, as detailed in the "Guide on English language requirements".

Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

The final examination consists in an exam of the subjects Electrical Machines and Drives, Process Control, Industrial Plants and Production Management, each of which will dedicate one of the assigned credits to its preparation.

In the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering ( the rules for the final exam of the BSc and of the MSc Programmes are published, along with the special rules for the Automation and Control Engineering Programme.

Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar

9. Faculty

The names of professors for each course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme, which is  annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Automation Engineering students will have access to all of the Politecnico di Milano facilities (computer-equipped rooms, libraries, studios, canteens, sports facilities). Several courses include laboratory activities that will be carried out in computer-equipped rooms or experimental laboratories.

Further information concerning this topic is available on the degree programme, which is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

11. International context

Research at the Politecnico di Milano proceeds alongside the extensive network of cooperative relationships and connections with other Italian and foreign universities, with public and private research centres and with the industrial system. The quality and effect of research carried out at the Politecnico have been confirmed in recent years by the increase in connections with the international scientific community. Testimony to this is the large number of research projects and programmes that have recently been undertaken with the best European and worldwide universities, from North America to South-East Asia.


In 2007, the university departments submitted their research activities to an international assessment process (peer review). In order to ensure impartiality of the assessment, the coordinators of the assessment panels have been chosen by the Chancellors from European technical universities (for the most part chosen amongst those that are higher than the Politecnico in international rankings), and in turn, the coordinators chosen have decided the composition of their groups. In total, the process has seen participation by 81 experts (not one Italian) from 52 universities and international research centres.

The university obtained a total score of 3 (good at International level) on a scale of 1 to 4 (excellent). Out of the 1270 professors involved in the peer review process, 39% were valued “excellent at International level” and 21% were valued “good at International level”.

Various research groups concerning the Automation Engineering Bachelor of Science were rated "excellent at international level".


In the 2013 QS Ranking, in the Engineering and Technology category, Politecnico di Milano ranked 28th among the Universities at the world level, 9th at European level, and 1st at Italian level. In particular, Politecnico di Milano ranks within the first 10 European Universities for the areas Computer Science & Information Systems, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, all of which of interest for the BSc Programme in Automation Engineering.

In 2014 Politecnico di Milano confirmed substantially the same ranking (1st at Italian level, 31st at world level).


12. Internationalization

Students on the Automation Engineering programme can access international study programmes, based on the agreements held with numerous foreign institutions. Every year various students, both Italian and foreign, take part in international exchanges. Students chosen for a specific programme can enrich their profiles by studying abroad and earning credits that are fully acknowledged by Politecnico di Milano.

There are multiple opportunities on offer. Amongst them:

  • study periods abroad with the Erasmus programme, or other non-EU special programmes;
  • double degree programmes (that foresee awarding of a double master of science degree over a 3 year period, of which two are spent in a partner institution abroad);
  • traineeship in companies or foreign university laboratories;
  • writing the final thesis abroad.

A dedicated section of the website of the programme ( reports useful information on international mobility for the Automation Engineering students.

Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at

13. Quantitative data

The University Assessment Commission performs periodic analyses of the overall results and the quality level of the teaching activities in the Study Programs, by monitoring educational activities and the placement into the job market of graduates. Reports and results are available on the Politecnico di Milano web site.

14. Further information

Further information on the Automation Engineering programme at the Politecnico di Milano can be found on the website:

All the e-mail addresses available to ask questions related to specific topics are indicated.

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