Metallurgical engineering, a master degree to extend competences

Pietro Pranovi, Project Manager, tell us about his training experience at the University of Udine.

It is not very common to have the opportunity to attend a Master’s Degree allowing you to expand your knowledge and bring new experiences at the service of the company.
Last year, Fabrizio Casadei, General Manager and Chiara Lucietto, Business Unit Director, proposed me to attend a First Level Master degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

I have always been particularly interested in joining a training program of this kind, ever since I was a studying Mechanical and Management Engineering at University.
However, I thought it was more useful to take part to it after an experience in the company to identify the most suitable area of interest with respect to the tasks and business needs.
Said and done: I couldn’t miss that bus!

I submitted the application form together with my curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation and in October I started to follow the lessons of the first term at the University of Udine in Rizzi headquarters.
The Master’s Program has a duration of one academic year and aims at training engineers with specific expertise in metallurgical processes, heat treatments, coating techniques and machining of metallic materials, in order to make the correct choices for their optimal use.

In detail, the course is divided into three quarters.
The first consists of four modules: “Metallurgy”, “Iron and Steel”, “Corrosion and coatings” and “Laboratory of Metallurgy”; the second includes other four modules: “Foundry”, “Heat and surface treatment of steel”, “Metallurgical Technologies” and “Laboratory of metallurgical technologies.”
The third quarter, finally, is completely dedicated to the 200 hours apprenticeship and to the writing of the dissertation.

Even if the Master has not finished yet and despite important family commitments as my daughter Azzurra is 17 months only, I believe that this training course constitutes an interesting and fruitful experience.

I would like to grasp this opportunity to thank Fabrizio Casadei and Chiara Lucietto, for their enthusiasm for this initiative, and my colleagues of the Technical Department for the support in the daily activities when I am in Udine.

Pietro Pranovi
Project Manager