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Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering


Grado en Ingeniería Mecánica

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Overview

This undergraduate degree provides the degree of specialisation previously covered by the Industrial Mechanical Engineering Technician qualification, updating contents to the current industrial context. The programme lasts four academic years, the first year focusing on the common basic Engineering competences also required for the Undergraduate Degree in Engineering in Industrial Technologies and the Undergraduate Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. From the second academic year onwards, the Degree specialises in Mechanics, covering thermal and fluids engineering, the calculation and design of machines and mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, manufacturing and materials.

In the first semester of the fourth year, students can choose mechanical engineering option modules, allowing them to explore those areas of mechanics which interest them the most in greater depth. In the second semester of the same year, students have the chance to do company placements or choose option modules on industrial organisation. The degree concludes with the production and defence of a final year project.

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Competences and job opportunities

This Degree qualifies graduates for the regulated professions of Industrial Engineering Technician, specialising in Mechanics, enabling them to work in areas such as energy, thermal technology, climate control, materials, mechanics, manufacturing and production, structures, the automobile industry, etc., and permitting them to sign mechanical engineering projects.

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. 

Mechanical engineering graduates are specialists, meaning they can work in specific areas of industry which span the full range of mechanics (energy, materials, mechanisms, manufacturing, etc.), take up posts related to R&D and also work in management, their having been instructed in business management.

The competences acquired by all graduates of this Degree are available here.

In addition to the Master’s in Industrial Engineering, students may continue their studies by taking:

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Application and admission

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

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Support and monitoring

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.

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Teaching method

This Degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, laboratory 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.

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Language competence

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 use of the relevant foreign language in the Report and defence of their Final Year Project. The Report must include a summary and one or more relevant chapters in the foreign language. Approximately 50% of the defence of the Final Year Project must be made in the foreign language. The rest of the report and defence may be in Spanish, Basque or the chosen foreign language.
  • Passing at least 3 modules taken in the chosen language.
  • Taking part in a mobility programme in the foreign language.
  • Passing a B1 test or accrediting the B1 level.

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International and national mobility

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.

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Types of students

  • Fulltime students: registering for a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 42 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Part-time students: registering for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 29 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Reduced-timetable students: registering for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 ECTS credits per semester.

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.

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LOCATION AT THE CAMPUS
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E.T.S. de Ingenieros Industriales y de Telecomunicación
Universidad Pública de Navarra - Edificio Departamental los Tejos
Campus de Arrosadía
31006 Pamplona
Tel. (+34) 948 16 9330
Fax. (+34) 948 16 9281
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Tel. (+34) 948 417850
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