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ECTS Users' Guide

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

FACULTY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND AERONAUTICS


The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics - originally named the Faculty of Machine Building - is the oldest and largest faculty at Rzeszów University of Technology. It was established together with the Evening Engineering School in 1951. After creation of a new area of specialization - aeronautics, training pilots became possible. The students of the Faculty may choose between four courses: Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, Management and Manufacturing Engineering, Automation and Robotics and Aeronautics and Astronautics. The Faculty educates 3000 students yearly.
The academic staff numbers 161 persons, including 38 full and associate professors and 79 academic teachers with Ph.D degree. There are 13 departments developing didactic, research and technical activities at the Faculty.
 

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Qualifications awarded

The curriculum is diversified and very rich. It depends on the course and kind of studies, as well as to a high degree on a student's interests and abilities. According to their achievement and financial possibilities, a student may change programs and the kind of studies during their education


M.Sc. degree in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering
Studies take ten semesters (five years). The first six semesters comprise courses fundamental for the education of master engineer of mechanics, e.g. mechanics, strength of material, technology, and theory of machine design. The second part (final four semesters) of studies covers one of these three specializations:

  • computer aided manufacturing
  • automotive vehicles
  • alternative energy sources and energy conversion

M.Sc. Degree in Production Engineering and Management
A modern engineer should not only be a good specialist but also should have knowledge about management, marketing, finance, logistics, quality, law, etc. For that purpose the new educational course entitled Production Engineering and Management was established at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics in 2000. It covers ten semesters. Students may choose one of the four following specializations:

  • manufacturing management,
  • computer science in enterprise management,
  • logistics,
  • organization and management in industry

Engineer Diploma in Automation and Robotics
Accomplishing B.Sc. degree takes seven semesters of studying. The bechelor degree of engineer study program covers the following basic subjects: technology, material science, mechanics, strength of materials, fundamentals of automatics and control theory, electronic elements and systems, simulation and optimisation techniques. The second part of the studies - the specialization, comprises one of the following fields:

  • computer science and robotics
  • computer aided machine design

Engineer Diploma in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Studies takes eigth semesters and graduates have the possibility to take a further three-semester complementary course for an M.Sc. degree.
There are four course categories in this area:

  • aircraft,
  • aircraft engines,
  • avionics
  • aviation.

The Department of Aircraft prepares students for aircraft design. The Department of Aircraft Engines carries out design and research work with aircraft engines. The Department of Avionics qualifies students to undertake construction and the operation of flying systems, particularly computer control systems. Students graduating from the Pilot Training department get both: M. Sc. degree and an Engineers title and a professional pilots license allowing to controlled IFR and ME flying. They may be employed, not only as pilots, but also as ground maintenance service and in the aircraft production and maintenance.

The graduates of intramural studies obtain an M. Sc. degree and/or a Mechanical Engineers title in their particular specialization. The student’s work consists of: contact hours, individual studying, homework (project and design works) and training before tests and exams. The average course-load for a student is 24 hours per week and depends on the year of education and the type of the course. Necessary conditions to obtain the M.Sc. degree are as follows: completing the subjects included in programme (300 ECTS credits), completing field works and industrial trainings, preparing and defending the M.Sc. thesis.
 

Study programs for all courses, fulfil the criteria recommended by The State Accreditation Committee and ones recommended by the FEANI. 

 

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Admission requirements

Every year about 500 high school and vocational school graduates are approved to begin their studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. Generally, there are no entrance examinations at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. The recruitment of new students is based on a competitive evaluation of secondary school certificates (The General Certificate of Education).
Polish is the Official language of instruction at the Faculty. For ECTS students instruction and examination in English may be admitted for individual subjects with the Dean’s consent. There are no special requirements for ECTS students besides those required by the SOCRATES Programme – Higher Education – Erasmus.
 

 

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Educational and professional goals

The main goal of the Faculty is to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their technical backgrounds so that they may pursue successful professional careers in engineering research, development and production. The Faculty have significant industrial experience in their areas of expertise. Thus, students have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. The development of personal and inter-personal skills is an important factor in the education of the graduates. The preparation of a M. Sc. thesis provides the student with an opportunity to work on open-ended problems which requires synthesis of creativity and knowledge.

The faculty graduates are well prepared for typical job positions:
 

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Applications Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Test Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Assembly Engineer
  • Pilot in commercial aviation
  • Air-traffic controller
  • Airline manager
  • Airport director
     

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Access to further study

The graduates of the Faculty have the ability to take the lateral extension courses, post-graduate university study or/and to take a doctor’s study. The Faculty conducts eight-semester full-time and part-time doctoral programs. The preparation of a doctoral dissertation takes place in the research departments and laboratories of the faculty's institutes. Faculty is entitled to award Ph.D. degrees in the fields of:

  • machines design and operation;
  • mechanics.
     

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Final examination


To grant the professional title of Master of Science (Engineer Diploma) it is necessary to complete the study programme, to prepare and defend M.Sc. thesis (Diploma Thesis). During a defence of thesis the final oral examination is carried out.
 

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Examination and assessment regulations


There are several methods of assessing what the students learnt during the classes' period. The teacher has to inform the students about ways of assessment and to set a date of examination or/and tests for that particular course at the beginning of each course. The teacher can determine the mode of assessment, by choosing one of the following: written or/and oral examination, written assignment with oral discussion, presentation of the report related to laboratory work, defense of student's project, written test, training period, seminar. These modes of assessment can be single used or combined with others. The Polish grading system is based on a scale:

  • very good 5
  • good plus 4,5
  • good 4
  • satisfactory plus 3,5
  • satisfactory 3
  • fail 2
     

The ECTS grading system is on a scale of "2" to "5" combined with quality definitions. The cut-off point to successfully complete a course in this scale is the grade "3" defined as satisfactory.
 

 

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ECTS departmental coordinator

 

  • Associate Professor Pawel Pawlus D.Sc. Eng, e-mail: ,
     
  • Assistant Professor Pawel Litwin Ph.D. Eng, e-mail: .

 

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The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics

al. Powstańców Warszawy 8, 35-959 Rzeszów, tel. 17 865 15 55, rm@prz.edu.pl