- Historically, this course has been considered one of the best in Brazil in the area, as a result of the structure set up in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and at UFSC as a whole.
- It was the first in the country to implement mandatory curricular internship in companies.
- The course lasts at least 10 semesters, practically full-time, and requires intensive student involvement – both in the classroom and in extra-class work – placing them in an environment of great scientific and technological production. Students apply theory in practice by participating in competition teams and Junior Companies, not to mention extension projects.
- As Scientific Initiation fellows, undergraduates engage in research under the supervision of highly qualified teachers.
Due to international agreements, Mechanical Engineering students may carry out academic mobility activities in German institutions such as the University of Aachen, Karlsruhe University and Ilmenau University. Exchange programs are also possible in French institutions, such as the INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées), as well as in others that maintain cooperation with EMC Professors.
Under the guidance of teachers, students visit companies in several cities in Santa Catarina. They also have contact with the industrial sector through curricular internships, in the 9th or 10th phase, in Brazil or abroad. Short-term internships guarantee students rapid acquisition of knowledge in certain branches of industrial activity. This can facilitate employment after the course is completed.
Many students also decide to continue on the research path – following the vocation awakened during their Scientific Initiation fellowship – and go on to Master’s and Doctoral´s degrees at UFSC. Graduate studies are highly recommended, since many industries have already acquired a level of development that requires the presence of specialized and advanced personnel.