Learning Outcomes and Professional Opportunities
The Master Degree in Electronics Engineering enables the training of professionals capable of covering a wide variety of roles in different work contexts, thanks to the theoretical education received during the course, also supported by more general and interdisciplinary knowledge and laboratory experience.
Graduates will be able to apply the specific skills acquired not only in the electronic field, but also with respect to the methodological-operational aspects of basic sciences and engineering, in various sectors ranging from micro/nano electronics to electronic radiofrequency design, up to electronics for industry, energy and the car, and to ICT in general.
More specifically, the training profile enables graduates in Electronics Engineering to work not only in technical-organizational areas, but also in work planning and research contexts. In detail, graduates the methods and techniques for the design of electronic devices, components, systems, of lasers, communication systems, submicrometric integrated circuits and the related manufacturing processes and applications. Therefore, they may find employment in the fields of design, development, engineering, production, operation and maintenance of electronic systems, but also in the ICT sector, as well as in sectors that actively use electronics, such as industry, automotive, energy, and bioelectronics.
Thanks to the aforementioned competences, graduates in Electronics Engineering will also be able to take on positions of responsibility in high technology scientific and industrial fields, and will also be able to continue their studies in a context of high specialization and research (e.g., PhD).
Finally, the 2nd cycle Degree in Electronics Engineering allows access - after passing the national qualification exam - to Section A of the Register of Engineers - Information Sector.
In details, job opportunities for Electronic Engineering graduates are vast and varied, depending on the curriculum chosen:
Modern Electronics prepares graduates to work in sectors related to the design, development, and production of electronic devices and systems. (Electronic Designer)
Telecommunications offers opportunities in the design, production and maintenance of telecommunications systems, as well as in network operations. (Telecommunications designer )
Mechatronics allows graduates to work in the fields of systems and processes analysis, control systems design, and automation of complex processes and systems. (Mechatronic Designer)
Bioelectronics allows graduates to work in the fields of design, production, testing of biomedical equipment and software and biomedical signal analysis and modeling (Bioelectronics Designer)
All graduates in Electronic Engineering at the University of Palermo find jobs in a short time, with excellent prospects for growth and pay.
The skills of a graduate in Electronic Engineering (Modern Electronics curriculum) range from the semiconductors and materials physics used in microelectronics, to manufacturing technologies of devices and integrated circuits, to their design techniques, up to and including characterization methods by means of electronic measuring and testing equipment.
In detail, the educational profile of the Master's Degree in Electronic Engineering provides high-tech skills in all typical electronic fields, and in particular in:
- the design and production of micro and nanoelectronic devices, sensors and actuators;
- the design and production of analog, digital or mixed (A/D) circuits, also for radiofrequency applications;
- the design of integrated circuits and systems (system on chip): this activity includes the design of the board and its layout, the organization of production, and the final inspection;
- the design and production of electronic components, subsystems and systems;
- the design, operation and maintenance of electronic systems for applications in different fields, such as automotive, energy, the environment, bioengineering and in the medical field (imaging diagnostics, genetic diagnostics and molecular medicine)
- the evaluation and installation of electronic equipment and components for communications networks;
- the electronic control of equipment, machines, industrial production chains;
- The operation of measurement systems, laboratories and production lines.
Typical employment areas of graduates in Electronics Engineering (Modern Electronics curriculum) are numerous, for example:
- industry for the design or development of semiconductors, integrated circuits, components, electronic devices and systems, electronic instrumentation for consumer applications (such as audio, video, telephony, IT) or for biomedical, automation and robotics industries, telecommunications, transport, aeronautics, energy;
- companies producing, marketing and distributing electronic, IT and biomedical products and devices;
- manufacturing and service companies using electronic technologies and infrastructures for automation and control;
- productive and operational facilities that employ electronic technologies and infrastructures for the processing of signals in the civil, industrial and information fields;
- public administrations;
- electronic design consultancy company;
- national and international scientific and technological research organizations;
- research and development laboratories;
- regulatory and control bodies;
- freelance activities for the design and implementation of electronic systems.
Finally, it should be noted that graduates, thanks their advanced competences, may access higher responsibility positions than first-cycle graduates, and therefore access more quickly high technical-managerial positions.
The educational profile of the 2nd cycle Degree in Electronics Engineering - curriculum Telecommunications enables graduates to operate, even autonomously, in the sectors of design, engineering, production, operation and maintenance of telecommunications systems, as well as in adjacent sectors of information engineering. Graduates also deepen the study of telecommunication systems and information coding. The training is completed and supplemented by laboratory experiences and elements of interdisciplinary culture ranging from the Telecommunications and Automotive to Energy and Optoelectronics sectors.
The typical professional fields for graduates are public and private companies, not only those in Information and Communications Technology, but also in manufacturing, services and technical-commercial sectors.
The organization of the training path and the individual teaching modules have been designed to provide graduates with adequate and up-to-date training in the various areas of telecommunications: broadband communication systems, advanced modulation techniques, signal processing, networking and inter-networking technologies, systems management.
Finally, the training provides the tools and skills to carry out professional activities of technical "support" and operation of network structures in all those sectors whose productivity is now strongly connected to the capacity and efficiency of telecommunications networks (e.g: airports, air traffic control bodies, banking groups or insurance companies, distribution companies, public administration).
The skills provided by the course include:
- planning of infrastructure, ICT systems and services;
- management of ICT infrastructures, systems and services;
- design of technologies and platforms for data acquisition, transport, distribution and analysis;
- analysis and sizing of telecommunications equipment, systems or networks;
- ability to experiment and develop new telecommunications technologies;
- ability to study and update telecommunications equipment, systems or networks;
- ability to create, modify or verify software and other applications related to the management and operation of telecommunications networks;
- ability to prepare reports or technical documents.
After qualifying for the profession of engineer, graduates can also deal with the issues related to the legislation, safety and testing of works in the ICT field.
The main employment opportunities of graduates in Electronics Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications include:
- Companies for the Design, production and operation of equipment, systems and infrastructures for the acquisition, processing and transport of information (data, voice and images) on fixed and mobile networks, remote observation and surveillance, monitoring the performance of telecommunications networks and, in particular, of service quality;
- Healthcare companies, for the management of biomedical instrumentation and the design, implementation and management of innovative healthcare services;
- Manufacturing companies in the fields of online telematics and multimedia networks, such as e-commerce and electronic publishing, Internet services, telemedicine and remote surveillance;
- Public and private companies providing terrestrial or space telecommunications services;
- Public and private companies providing aggregation and distribution services for mono and multimedia content for both information and entertainment purposes, including customized ones;
- Companies providing telematic services;
- Regulatory bodies and public control bodies (e.g. market regulation or control of air, land and ship traffic);
- Public bodies interested in environmental monitoring and protection;
- Public and private companies of different sectors, needing professionals for the development and use of telecommunications systems and services in the areas of internal organization, production and marketing, as freelancers in the fields of analysis, design and management of telecommunications, health and telecommunications security systems;
- Specially established companies destined to build wireless networks to bridge the 'Digital Divide'.
The typical employment opportunities for 2nd cycle graduates in Electronics Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications may be found at companies designing and/or producing systems and equipment for telecommunications and at network operators operating complex telecommunications systems, at public and private companies and institutions, providing telecommunications, remote sensing and traffic control services. This is consistent with the objective of providing graduates with the widest employment perspectives on the national territory and in the EU.
The Graduate in Electronic Engineering (Mechatronics curriculum) has a cultural and professional profile focused on scientific and technological knowledge of Mechatronic engineering and is capable of identifying, formulating and solving, even in an innovative way, complex problems or those requiring an interdisciplinary approach. With the skills acquired, it acts as a catalyst in the management and logistics of large production systems and is able to conceive, plan, design and manage complex and / or innovative systems, processes and services, exploiting the knowledge of context and transversal skills of which it is equipped.
He possesses in-depth knowledge of the analysis and design methods typical of Automatic, which allow him to introduce the necessary intelligence into a complex system to manage its operation without human intervention (automatic control) , optimizing in some sense its operation and dominating the interaction both between the various components of the system and between the system and the surrounding environment.
The graduate in Electronic Engineering (Mechatronics curriculum) is also able to deal with complex problems in intrinsically multidisciplinary contexts and is therefore capable of interfacing with the process and systems specialists to be automated, to suggest more effective operational and technical solutions. He is therefore endowed with specific skills that allow him to promptly fit into very different working environments, operating as a systems engineer and / or designer and / or technician in any application context where the technologies and principles of automation play an important role.
The functions performed by the Electronic Engineer, Mechatronics address in a work context can be summarized as follows:
- process and system analyst;
- designer of control systems;
- technical for planning, programming, monitoring, management, maintenance and automation of complex processes and systems.
The skills provided by the Degree in Electronics Engineering - Mechatronics curriculum - include:
- identification of descriptive models of real processes and systems;
- study of the properties of models aimed at studying the behavior of real processes and systems (operating limits and potential);
- identification of control methodologies starting from the models;
- definition of project specifications for the control of processes and systems;
- planning and evaluation of laws and control strategies, based on the model of the actual process or system, in accordance with the project specifications;
- simulation of processes and systems, for their analysis and validation of the relative laws and control strategies;
- implementation on digital systems of rapid prototyping and ability to conduct experiments on such systems;
- theoretical and experimental development of innovative control methodologies and strategies;
- design, management and implementation of automatic data acquisition and processing, measurement and control systems in real time, typical of digital control systems;
- monitoring, management, maintenance and automation of complex processes and systems.
The main employment opportunities of graduates in Electronics Engineering - Mechatronics curriculum - include:
- electronic, mechanical, automotive, electromechanical, aerospace, chemical and industrial, mobile and underwater robotics companies;
- companies producing services (purification, transport, energy, civil and industrial automation);
- research and development centers and laboratories for the automation sector;
- public administration;
The educational profile of the 2nd cycle Degree in Electronics Engineering - curriculum Bioelectronics enables graduates to operate, even autonomously, in the sectors of design, engineering, production, operation and maintenance of biomedical equipment and instrumentation, and in the field of biomedical signal analysis, postprocessing and modeling.
The typical professional fields for graduates are healthcare facilities, but also public and private companies.
The organization of the training path and the individual teaching modules have been designed to provide graduates with adequate and up-to-date training and skills in the various areas of bioelectronics:
- study and description of electrical and magnetic phenomena related to biological entities;
- biomedical data and images processing;
- biomedical signal post-processing using novel information theoretic-measures;
- modeling of physiological systems;
- electronics and IoT for biomedical application;
- implementation and application of methods for acquiring, handling, store and handle medical information;
- design, realization and testing of medical equipment for diagnosis, therapy or monitoring;
- design, realization and testing of biosensors
- development of biomedical software
After qualifying for the profession of engineer, graduates can also deal with the issues related to the legislation, safety and testing of works in biomedical field.
The main employment opportunities of graduates in Electronics Engineering with a specialization in Bioelectronics include:
- Public and private companies for the design, production and testing of biosensors;
- Public and private companies for the design, production and testing of biomedical equipment;
- Public and private companies for the development and testing of biomedical software;
- Healthcare companies, for the management of biomedical instrumentation and the design, implementation and management of innovative healthcare services;
- Healthcare facilities, and specialized clinical laboratories, for the management, testing and maintenance of biomedical instrumentation and equipment;
- Research companies and research centres/universities, for modeling and processing of biomedical data, signals and images;
- Public administrations;
- Freelancers engineers.