Although this Undergraduate Degree is a general Industrial Engineering course, it has three specialisms through which students can specialise in Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Electronic Engineering.
The programme lasts four academic years, the first year focusing on the common basic Engineering competences also required for the Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and the Undergraduate Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. From the second academic year onwards, students study the contents of the common industrial block, with modules from the three specialisms and further basic instruction. Then, as of semester six, they can choose to take one of the three specialisms: Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial Electronic Engineering.
In the fourth academic year, students have to choose modules specific to their specialism, industrial organisation modules or the company placement module. The degree concludes with the production and defence of a final year project.
Students may choose to take some of the modules in Basque or English, depending on availability
The Undergraduate Degree in Engineering in Industrial Technologies is designed for students to pursue further studies in the form of the Master’s in Industrial Engineering. The overall education which students receive is a reflection of the old Industrial Engineering degree.
The general training which engineers of this kind receive enables them to work in a wide range of areas, meaning that they have very good job prospects and opportunities for promotion.
The most interesting job prospects are in industry, at research centres, technological development facilities, producing projects for building work, production, maintenance, mining, quality control and technical inspection, and in sectors related to mechanics, electrical engineering, renewable energies, industrial electronics, automatic systems, consultancy, building, automobiles, railways, shipbuilding, aeronautics, power generation, electronic power converters, metals, minerals, textiles, industrial design, etc.
The competences acquired by all graduates of this Degree are available here.
Students are recommended to continue their studies by taking a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, approved by ANECA and taught at the UPNA since the academic year 2014-2015. Students should bear in mind that this Undergraduate Degree does not qualify them for regulated professional activities. Such qualifications can only be acquired by taking the Master’s in Industrial Engineering, which entitles holders to work in the regulated profession of Industrial Engineer.
Other Master’s degrees specialising in specific technologies are also available:
Although others exist, the recommended pathways to study this degree are the High School Diploma (Bachillerato) in Science and Technology, and Upper Grade Vocational Training in the fields of Building and Civil Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanics, Installation and Maintenance, Transport and Vehicle Maintenance, and Energy and Water.
As for the personal characteristics of students, they should be well grounded in mathematics and physics, possess a capacity for analysis, reasoning, concentration, organisation and abstraction, and be inquisitive, imaginative and creative.
The University also offers what it calls "Zero Courses" (Foundation courses), which allow students to adapt to university-level education and are highly recommended in order to make up for possible deficiencies at entry level. These courses serve as introductions to some of the courses leading to qualifications awarded by the Public University of Navarre. They are designed to provide new undergraduates with a complementary grounding which focuses on two aims: to update, consolidate and complete certain basic concepts which they have already studied as part of Vocational Training or at High School (Bachillerato), and to furnish them with basic methodologies which will make life easier when they take the undergraduate degree course.
Find out about registering for this undergraduate degree here: http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula
The UPNA provides students with excellent student-support services. The most important of these are:
The Tutoring Plan provides each undergraduate with a personal tutor to monitor his/her progress. These tutors teach the course the student is taking and advise him/her on academic options, specialisms, career prospects, and how the university works, providing an initial contact point from which students are redirected to specific university services or units.
Finally, the Secretary’s Office and the School Management are also at the disposal of current, future and old students, and can be contacted electronically or via the offices on the Arrosadía Campus.
This Degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, practical classes, cooperative learning activities, group projects, self-reliant studying and work) which focus on developing general and specific competences based on a range of teaching methods (lectures, exercises and problem solving, learning based on case studies and problems, cooperative learning in small groups and project-based learning).
The approach is geared towards continuous assessment to evaluate the competences defined for the degree based on learning outcomes which demonstrate acquisition, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.
In order to be awarded the Degree, students must demonstrate level B1 competence in a foreign language (English, French, German or Italian) by means, at minimum, of one of the following:
The Degree has foreign student exchange agreements with universities in: Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Sweden, Italy, the UK, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Canada and South Korea.
Students may also take part in national and international virtual mobility programmes.
The status of reduced-timetable student is granted in exceptional circumstance by the Rector or competent Vice-rector. Applications must be presented on a general request form at the Office of the University Registrar, together with supporting documentation.