The Department of Mechanical Engineering, former Department of Engineering and Management of Energy Resources, was established in 1999. The foundation of the Department and its rules of operation are determined by Presidential Decree 179/6.1999 t.a. For academic year 1999-2000, it received its first 120 students, and since then the department admits about 120 students annually. The department is one of the founding departments of the University of Western Macedonia which was established in 2004. It is rapidly expanding as new positions of academic staff become available.
Teaching and research staff members of the Department have managed to achieve considerable research successes, offering to the Department a gradually increasing international recognition and reputation. The curriculum of the Department was structured taking into account the undergraduate programs in equivalent departments of Greece and abroad and does not differ in the philosophy, the subjects and the basic directions.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is located in the city of Kozani which is the heart of energy production in the country. Nearly 70% of the electricity is produced in the power plants located in the broader area of Kozani.
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The Mechanical Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School of the University of Western Macedonia, invites interested parties to apply for the postgraduate program of studies “Energy Technologies and Management”.
The Program aims at fostering and promoting education, scientific research and such knowledge as is relevant to the management and exploitation of energy resources, including fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. Special emphasis is placed on natural gas, which is expected to constitute a major resource throughout the post-lignite period in Greece.
The Department aims at fostering and promoting education, scientific research and such knowledge as is relevant to the object of contemporary mechanical engineering, with a focus on energy matters, such as:
Upon completion of five years of study the students will:
- Be able to apply their knowledge to contemporary problems of the industry over their core competence
- Be familiar with modern methods and techniques across the range of technologies over their core competence Be able to use modern tools to solve technical and scientific problems, such as use of computational tools and software applications.
- Be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally and be a team-player.
- Be able to design, execute and manage a project. Have the ability to monitor individual development of their core competence and to continually improve their knowledge thereof
- Be able to provide direct services to industry and society.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, beyond its educational function, is involved in developing and operating high-tech research laboratories, participating successfully in a number of national and international competitive research projects that have as an outcome publications in international journals and presentations at international or national conferences. Also, the Department places special emphasis on linking academic research to industrial production, research and development. The knowledge and skills provided to students of the Department, prepare them to staff with high ambitions the departments of production and development of industries and businesses. In addition, the Department hopes some of its graduates will become reputable researchers who in turn become faculty members in Universities and research centers.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia, through continuous improvement efforts, accomplished to acquire an equivalent position among the Departments of Mechanical Engineering of Greece.
Teaching and research staff members of the Department have managed to achieve considerable research successes, offering to the Department a gradually increasing international recognition and reputation. The undergraduate studies of the Department offer to the students a unique opportunity to obtain university education leading to the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is one of the most important and rapidly evolving scientific field that has historically played a key role in technological progress and improvement of the quality of life; and, consequently the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering offers a ticket for a very exciting career journey.
The curriculum of the Department was structured taking into account the undergraduate programmes in equivalent departments of Greece and abroad and does not differ in the philosophy, the subjects and the basic directions. The course aims towards the development of a fundamental background knowledge, practical engineering skills and critical thinking in order for the student to be capable of meeting new design, analysis and construction challenges. Information technology plays an important role in the delivery and management of the course and is also employed as part of most taught subjects in order to address specific educational needs. The feedback we gain from the presence of our graduates in the workplace is very positive and confirms our choices in the development and implementation of the curriculum.
Specific conclusions resulted from the evaluation can be found in the External Evaluation Repot that can be downloaded from the link below. The most important conclusions are: