Study of Mechanical Engineering
Number of ECTS: 180 (undergraduate), 120 (graduate)
Study program: Undergraduate study, Graduate study
The study of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb traditionally differs from the usual studies of mechanical engineering in the world in terms of the breadth of the profession. In addition to classical mechanical engineering, within the studies at the FAMENA, disciplines that are usually taught as special studies at the world's higher education institutions have been established: material sciences, production engineering and industrial engineering. This way, mechanical engineering study at the FAMENA educates specialists for work on the development, engineering design, construction, use and maintenance of plants, machines, tools, devices and other equipment; on designing, modelling and simulation of thermal, energy and production processes; for mechanical equipment, energy and propulsion of ships; in materials, automation, robotization, process management, quality assurance, measurement and management and improvement of production and organization of work and production. At the same time, special attention has been given to modern methods and technologies supported by computer applications.
In order to cover a wide area of disciplines, the Study of Mechanical Engineering is branched into specializations in which specific disciplines of certain narrow specialties of the mechanical engineering profession are gradually introduced during study.
The specializations of mechanical engineering studies are as follows:
- Automotive and Transportation Engineering
- Pipeline Systems Engineering
- Industrial Engineering and Management
- Engineering Modelling and Computer Simulations
- Materials Engineering
- Engineering Design and Mechanical Analysis
- Sustainable Thermal and Process Engineering
- Energy and Environment
- Production Engineering
- Marine Engineering.
The graduate Study of Mechanical Engineering is primarily a logical continuation of the undergraduate Study of Mechanical Engineering, but it is also possible for students from other faculties to access it with the appropriate prerequisites. The 4-semester graduate degree program will begin in the 2025/2026 academic year.
The study regime encourages students to work intensively and continuously, and the way of teaching, especially exercises, colloquiums, and exams, ensures a successful study for applicants who devote the necessary time and appropriate effort to the study.
The number of enrolled students (375 mechanical engineering students in the 1st year of study) is adequate for the teaching and spatial capacities, and enables teaching in such a way that, with self-contained work and direct contact with assistants and teachers during exercises, consultations and colloquiums, the student masters the material of each subject to a level that ensures a successful outcome of the exam.
Common part of undergraduate studies
The first 4 semesters of Mechanical Engineering Study are shared, and the specializations are separated in the third year of study. In the first two years of study, subjects primarily cover basic disciplines such as mathematics and applied physics branches, along with foundational aspects of the profession such as graphic expression, machine elements, electrical engineering, materials, and technology. Additionally, foreign languages relevant to the profession are also included.
The content and order of the course is subordinated to the didactic connection of the basics of the profession with the fundamental disciplines. The goal of such organization of the common part of the studies is to provide each student with the basic knowledge that enables him to learn self-contained and master specific professional knowledge in the higher years of study, in any segment of mechanical engineering. This preparation equips students to effectively monitor technical advancements and excel in their profession throughout their entire careers.
Directed part of undergraduate study and graduate study
Starting from the fifth semester, both the undergraduate and subsequent graduate studies are designed to offer students the essential breadth of professional education. Upon obtaining a bachelor's or master’s degree, students become qualified to work in any segment of the profession. Simultaneously, this structure allows for the pursuit of individual interests and inclinations. This is achieved by choosing the desired specialization of study and appropriate elective courses.
During this phase of the study, students delve deeper into a specific group of development and production of technical systems, and at the same time, they broaden their knowledge by selecting related professional content with the primary objective of preparing them for self-management and proficiency in modern engineering tools.
In addition to classes at the faculty, each student is required to complete four weeks of professional internship during the graduate part of their studies. It involves actively working in a company or institution that replicates the workplace environment of a mechanical engineer. This is done under the supervision of the professional staff of the hosting institution.
As an integral part of the teaching process, professional excursion are organized, during which students visit production facilities relevant to the modules of study.
Students are offered a number of extracurricular and optional activities organized by student associations and teaching units of the faculty. The course Physical and Health Culture is compulsory during the first four semesters, and outside of that class, the Department of Physical and Health Culture and student organizations of the FAMENA organize sports and social events for students and teachers of the faculty.
Completion of studies
The undergraduate Study of Mechanical Engineering ends with the passing of all the teaching obligations of the first six semesters and the preparation and presentation of the final thesis, which is assigned to the student upon enrolment in the 6th final semester. In principle, the final thesis is done in the field of one of the professional courses of the chosen specialization of study under the supervision and with the help of the appropriate teacher. By successfully defending the final thesis in front of the commission, the academic title of University Bachelor (baccalaureus) of Mechanical Engineer is acquired. Upon completion of the undergraduate study in mechanical engineering, at least 180 ECTS credits are acquired.
The graduate Study of Mechanical Engineering ends with the passing of all teaching obligations enrolled during the four semesters of the graduate study and the preparation and presentation of the graduate thesis. The thesis is assigned during the final, fourth semester of the graduate study. When writing the thesis, the student must demonstrate mastery of the basic and professional knowledge acquired during the study and the ability to independently solve individual problems assigned to the thesis with the guidance and advice of the supervisor. With a successful oral presentation of the diploma thesis in front of the committee for diploma examinations, the candidate acquires the academic title of University Master of Mechanical Engineering with an indication of the module of study. The graduate study brings at least 120 ECTS points.