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Mechanical Design engineering graduates chiefly tend to work in industry, particularly in product and service design departments. They are the engineers who manage innovation. Students who choose to take this degree, which is taught on the Tudela campus, are awarded the official qualification of Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Design Engineering on completion.
The programme lasts four academic years, the first year focusing on the common basic Engineering competences also required for the Bachelos's degree in Mechanical Engineering, the Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and the Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
In the first semester of the fourth year, students can choose option modules which allow them to explore mechanical engineering and design in greater depth. In the second semester of the same year, students have the chance to do a company placement or choose option modules on industrial organisation. The degree concludes with the production and defence of a final year project.
The official report on the qualification approved by ANECA is also available
This Bachelor's degree qualifies graduates for the regulated profession of Industrial Engineering Technician, specialising in Mechanical Engineering, furnishing them with the professional attributes required, as established in ministerial order CIN/351/2009. This means that holders of the qualification can perform those professional activities legally restricted to those authorised to do so.
Mechanical Engineering graduates can work in areas such as energy, thermal technology, climate control, materials, mechanics, manufacturing and production, structures, the automobile industry, etc., and are authorised to sign mechanical engineering projects.
Like other graduates with the competences of the profession of Industrial Mechanical Engineering Technician, these graduates are qualified to work in any industrial department. The most interesting job prospects are in industry, at technological development facilities, producing projects for building work, production, maintenance, mining, quality control and technical inspection, and in consultancy and technical offices. A good number of graduates work in service companies and on a self-employed basis, producing projects, dealing with maintenance and industrial organisation, technical assistance, procurement, quality, health and safety in the workplace, industrial environmental issues, consultancy, etc., not to mention teaching in vocational training centres.
Their specific knowledge and know-how in the field of industrial design means they are particularly qualified for jobs in design departments, centres or firms, managing and applying innovation criteria to every area of new product generation, development and launch. Their specialist graduate status also makes them particularly suitable for positions related to R&D and management.
The competences acquired by all graduates of this Degree are available here.
In addition to the Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, students may continue their studies by taking:
Although others exist, the recommended pathways to study this Bachelor's degree are the High School Diploma (Bachillerato) in Technology or Natural and Health Sciences, and Upper Grade Vocational Training in the field 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 Bachelor's degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, practical laboratory 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 Bachelor's 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 Bachelor's 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.