2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Offshore Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9249
Degree Programme Class LM-22 - Chemical engineering
LM-35 - Environmental engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Curricula The degree programme is divided into the following curricula:

1) Offshore Energy Technologies
2) Environmental Offshore Engineering
3) Offshore Structures
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Programme Director Valerio Cozzani
Language English

Programme profile

The objective of the second-cycle degreeprogramme is to train Offshore Engineers, as highly-specialised professionalscapable of operating at an international level in the professional contextsaddressed by the degree programme. In particular, the objective of the degreeprogramme is to train professionals for industrial sectors that leverage bothconventional and renewable energy sources, for the management of coastal areasand littoral zones and for the enhancement for biological resources, havingregard for environmental sustainability.

These technical experts, with marked designand innovation skills, have the competencies needed to work successfully in thedesign, operational management, control, safety and verification of theenvironmental and economic sustainability of offshore and coastalinstallations, systems and structures.

Thelearning outcomes of the degree programme are pursued by structuring areas oflearning consistent with the competencies required by the professional profilesto be trained, drawing from the specific curricula offered. In particular, thepreparatory knowledge needed for the professional competencies will beprovided, including the application of mathematics to the solution of numericdesign and simulation problems, the application of fluid dynamics in thespecific context of marine environments and offshore installations, andelements of solid and structure mechanics. Specific knowledge of thermodynamics, earth mechanics and geomatics willbe provided in relation to those topic studied in more detail.

Thedegree programme will also provide vocational knowledge about theenvironmental, safety and sustainability aspects, within specific course unitson management of the environmental, monitoring, remediation and safety aspects.These topics will also be embeddeddrivers in the course units dedicated to the design and management ofinstallations, systems and structures.

Afurther area of learning will focus on providing students with specificknowledge of offshore and coastal technologies, systems and structures, withparticular reference to technologies for the production of offshore petroleumresources and offshore renewable energies, as well as for the enhancement ofbiotic resources.

Lastly, learning areas regarding installationand structure design complete the curriculum, providing the specificprofessional competencies needed to design offshore systems, recognising thespecific interrelation between these two aspects.

Thetraining of the professional profiles addressed by this second-cycle degreeprogramme is supplemented by laboratory work, independent design activitiesand/or by industrial internships and completed by the development andmaturation of autonomy, communication and independent learning skills.

Theabove advanced goals are achieved by following a broad curriculum in whichacquires familiarity with the specialist methodologies employed in offshoreengineering for the design and development of structures and installations, inthe context of environmental protection, safety and sustainability. The curriculum devised prepares the graduateproperly, taking a systemic view of the spectrum of competencies indicatedabove, in order to guarantee the ability to respond to various specialist needslinked to the advanced analysis and sustainable design of offshore processesand installations, assessment of the environmental impact and safety aspects,and the structural design of offshore and coastal civil and industrial works.

Theflexibility of the curriculum is guaranteed, in the first place, by thepresence of three different curricula that, in the context of the five areas oflearning highlighted, enable additional knowledge and specific competencies tobe acquired with regard to three different aspects, consistent with theprofessional profiles trained: the sustainable design of offshore processes andinstallations; management of the environmental and safety aspects of the designand operation of offshore works; and the sustainable design of offshoreinfrastructure and structures for the enhancement of biotic and abioticresources.

Thedegree programme also envisages the possibility, especially during the firstyear, of following customised curricula in order to harmonise the entrycompetencies, partly by taking specific, optional course units made availableto students, having regard for their different backgrounds stemming from theirthree-year, first-cycle degree programmes.

Access to further study

It gives access to thirdcycle studies (PhD/Specialisation schools) and to professional master'sprogrammes.

Career opportunities

Offshore Engineer, expert in the design ofprocesses and installations

role in a work context:

The Offshore Engineer, expert in the designof processes and installations, is a professional who works in sustainabledevelopment and the design and operational management of offshore or coastalprocesses, installations, systems or services within the principal industrialsectors: energy, oil and biotechnology.

TheOffshore Engineer may also work in industrial research and development,particularly in relation to the development of new processes and technologiesfor the enhancement of biotic and abiotic marine resources.

Thesectors concerned include Oil Engineering, Chemical Engineering andEnvironmental and Energy Engineering.

Specifically, the Offshore Engineer:

- is expert in the selection anddevelopment of technologies and sustainable processes for the leveraging ofoffshore energy resources;

- is expert in the coastal and marineenvironments and knows how to assess the environmental aspects of projects inrelation to their offshore structures, installations and infrastructure;

- designs offshore processes andinstallations to enhance both the biotic and abiotic resources, having regardfor their safety, environmental compatibility and sustainability;

-supervises the operation and management of offshore industrial installations toenhance both the biotic and abiotic resources, having regard for the assessmentof their operational safety;

-carries out risk analyses for offshore processes and installations.

Theopportunities for professional growth, specialisation and the broadening ofskills and professional responsibilities in specific sectors of the offshoreindustry, marked by a strong innovative component, may be expanded by furthereducation in the form of research doctorates or vocational master degrees.

competencies associated with the role:

In the performance of this role, theOffshore Engineer, expert in the design of processes and installations, isrequired to apply competencies involving:

-application of the theoretical-scientific aspects of mathematics, fluiddynamics and key sciences to the interpretation and solution of offshoreengineering problems;

-the identification, formulation and resolution of complex problems and thosethat require an interdisciplinary approach;

-the design and scaling of offshore installations and equipment, and integrationwith the structural aspects;

- analysis of environmental, safety andsustainability issues relating to the design and operations of offshoreprocesses and installations;

-industrial technologies, processes and production in the offshore sector, withparticular reference to the enhancement and use of oil&gas and renewableenergy resources;

-business organisation and the management of projects;

-the planning, design and management, including the use of innovativetechniques, of complex systems, processes and services;

-management of the communications-relations and organisation-management aspectsin working environments;

-self-learning and continuous professional education.

career opportunities:

Engineer employed by public administrationsand bodies:

-Technical Offices of Local bodies (Municipalities, Provinces, Regions);

-Technical Offices of National bodies (Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry ofthe Environment);

-bodies responsible for managing and controlling the risks associated with civilworks (Civil Protection, Fire Brigade etc.);

- port authorities.

Engineer employed by enterprises or firms:

-energy companies;

-oil&gas sector companies;

-petroleum companies;

- engineering companies;

-companies that control and monitor the territory;

-companies specialised in the analysis of environmental safety and protection;

-companies dedicated to the design and construction of marine installations,structures and infrastructure.

Freelance professional engineer: after passingthe State exam, in accordance with current legislation, the Offshore Engineer,may register with the professional association and work on a freelance basis.In that case, the freelance engineer may sign contracts for civil works,including those that are highly complex, both individually and as part of adesign team.

Offshore Engineer, expert in theEnvironment and Safety

role in a work context:

The Offshore Engineer, expert in the Environmentand Safety, is a professional active in managing the environmental, safety andsustainability aspects of designing and operating offshore and coastal civiland industrial works and in managing marine and coastal areas.

ThisOffshore Engineer may also work in industrial research and development,particularly in relation to assessment of the sustainability, environmentalimpact and safety aspects, in the context of the development of new processesand technologies for the enhancement of biotic and abiotic marine resources.

Thesectors concerned include Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, as well asPetroleum and Chemical Engineering. Specifically, this Offshore Engineer:

- is expert in the analysis and developmentof sustainable technologies for the leveraging of offshore energy resources;

- is expert in the coastal and marineenvironments and knows how to assess the environmental aspects of projects inrelation to their offshore structures, works and infrastructure;

- assesses the environmental, safety andsustainability aspects relating to the design and installation of offshorestructures, systems and installations;

-manages the environmental impact and safety aspects relating to the operationof offshore structures, systems and installations;

-designs and manages the safety works of port construction sites or offshoreplatforms;

-designs coastal defence, port and offshore works, and knows how to assess theirimpact on the surrounding environment.

Theopportunities for professional growth, specialisation and the broadening ofskills and professional responsibilities in specific sectors of the offshoreindustry, marked by a strong innovative component, may be expanded by furthereducation in the form of research doctorates or vocational master degrees.

competencies associated with the role:

In the performance of this role, theOffshore Engineer, expert in Environment and Safety, is required to applycompetencies involving:

-application of the theoretical-scientific aspects of mathematics, fluiddynamics and key sciences to the interpretation and solution of offshoreengineering problems;

-the identification, formulation and resolution of complex problems and thosethat require an interdisciplinary approach;

-the health and safety of workers employed in offshore and coastal structures,infrastructure and installations;

- assessment of the environmental impactand compatibility of offshore, coastal and port structures, infrastructure andinstallations;

-the design and management of coastal defence works, and assessment of theirimpact on the surrounding environment;

- management of offshore, coastal and portareas and works, with particular reference to the environmental compatibilityand sustainability aspects;

-criteria for the selection and design of positioning systems for theconstruction of offshore infrastructure;

- technologies for the production andtransportation of the principal primary offshore energy sources, withparticular reference to the environmental impact and sustainability aspects;

-the planning, design and management, including the use of innovativetechniques, of complex systems, processes and services;

-management of the communications-relations and organisation-management aspectsin working environments;

-self-learning and continuous professional education.

career opportunities:

Engineer employed by public administrationsand bodies:

-Technical Offices of Local bodies (Municipalities, Provinces, Regions);

-Technical Offices of National bodies (Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry ofthe Environment);

-Bodies responsible for managing and controlling the risks associated with civilworks (Civil Protection, Fire Brigade etc.);

- Port authorities.

Engineer employed by enterprises or firms:

-energy companies;

-oil & gas sector companies;

-petroleum companies;

- engineering companies;

-companies that control and monitor the territory;

-companies specialised in environmental protection;

-design of marinas and ports;

-companies dedicated to the design and construction of systems, structures andinfrastructure for coastal protection and the protection of marineinfrastructure.

Freelance professional engineer: after passingthe State exam, in accordance with current legislation, the Offshore Engineer,may register with the professional association and work on a freelance basis.In that case, the freelance engineer may sign contracts for civil works,including those that are highly complex, both individually and as part of adesign team.

Offshore Engineer, expert in the design ofstructures and infrastructure

role in a work context:

The Offshore Engineer, expert in the designof structures and infrastructure, is a professional who designs and managessustainable offshore systems and works that are compatible with the surroundingenvironment, within the principal industrial sectors: energy, oil, ports andthe management of coastal areas.

ThisOffshore Engineer may also work in industrial research and development, particularlyin relation to the assessment of design or installation innovations, in thecontext of the development of new processes and technologies for theenhancement of biotic and abiotic marine resources.

Thesectors concerned include Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, as well asPetroleum and Chemical Engineering. Specifically:

- is expert in the analysis and developmentof systems and technologies for the leveraging of offshore energy resources;

- is expert in the coastal and marineenvironments and knows how to assess the environmental aspects of projects inrelation to their offshore structures, works and infrastructure;

-designs, implements and manages engineering solutions for the installation andmaintenance of systems and structures for the leveraging of offshore resourcesin a sustainable manner;

- designs offshore structures with a viewto sustainable energy production and lifting, having regard for the relatedenvironmental implications;

- understands the implications of the mostrecent criteria for site worker safety, and prepares the necessarydocumentation on work site safety and the safeguarding of health in thesurrounding environment.

Theopportunities for professional growth, specialisation and the broadening ofskills and professional responsibilities in specific sectors of the offshoreindustry, marked by a strong innovative component, may be expanded by furthereducation in the form of research doctorates or vocational master degrees.

competencies associated with the role:

In the performance of this role, theOffshore Engineer, expert in the design of offshore structures andinfrastructure, is required to apply competencies involving:

-application of the theoretical-scientific aspects of mathematics, fluiddynamics and key sciences to the interpretation and description of offshoreengineering problems;

-the identification, formulation and resolution of complex problems and thosethat require an interdisciplinary approach;

- structuralcharacteristics and selection criteria in the design of offshore and coastalworks, and integration with the plant engineering aspects;

-design of foundations for offshore and coastal structures;

- structural design of offshore, coastaland port works, having regard for sustainability;

-sourcing and analysis of data for the management of marine works;

-management and maintenance of offshore and coastal structures;

-technologies for leveraging the principal primary offshore energy sources;

-the planning, design and management, including the use of innovativetechniques, of complex systems, processes and services;

-management of the communications-relations and organisation-management aspectsin working environments;

-self-learning and continuous professional education.

career opportunities:

Engineer employed by public administrationsand bodies:

-Technical Offices of Local bodies (Municipalities, Provinces, Regions);

-Technical Offices of National bodies (Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry ofthe Environment);

-Bodies responsible for managing and controlling the risks associated with civilworks (Civil Protection, Fire Brigade etc.);

- port authorities.

Engineer employed by enterprises or firms:

-construction companies;

-energy companies;

-oil&gas sector companies;

-petroleum companies;

- engineering companies;

-companies that control and monitor the territory;

-companies dedicated to the design and construction of offshore and marinesystems, structures and infrastructure.

Freelance professional engineer: after passingthe State exam, in accordance with current legislation, the Offshore Engineer,may register with the professional association and work on a freelance basis.In that case, the freelance engineer may sign contracts for civil works,including those that are highly complex, both individually and as part of adesign team.