The more than 100 innovation and industrialization laboratories and the possibilities opened by the curricular reform were also pointed out as responsible for classifying the School as the best Brazilian public university. In the evaluation of the superior courses conducted annually by the Student Guide, USP had 121 of its 141 courses classified with five stars, considered the maximum grade. On its website, the Guide published a report on the differentials of Poli-USP, such as Internationalization, which has already trained more than 1,000 students only within the Double Diploma program with partner universities, new disciplines and the possibility to study subjects of different specialties.
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The metallurgy course covers three fields:
Thus, the metallurgical engineer may operate in the processes of the beneficiation of ores, the obtainment of metallic alloys with physical, chemical and metallurgical properties adapted to several different uses and even the obtainment of finished parts and product for use in other industries, with properties adapted to different needs.
In addition to these activities, closely linked to the base industries and the metal-mechanical sector, the scope of responsability of modern-day metallurgical engineers has been expanded considerably in the development and coordination of projects, the selection of materials, quality control, safety, and environmental monitoring.
In the last 20 years around 300 metallurgical engineers have graduated through the Department. 20 vacancies per year are now on offer. The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Escola Politécnica holds a noteworthy position in the field of teaching metallurgical engineering, not merely due to the tradition of the same, but for its modernity focused on the creation of first-rate human resources. This fact is underlined by the high number of professionals graduating from this department and occupying top positions in both industry and research and development. No less important is the participation of former students in governmental planning institutions and technical associations, responsible for the growth and development in the domestic metallurgy industry.
The scope of responsability of materials engineers encompasses metallic, polymer and ceramic materials in relation to the characterization of properties, manufacturing processes and applications, in addition to the analysis, creation and development of new products. Besides the analysis of the materials themselves, it is essential to understand the basics of the manufacturing processes, the cornerstones of industrial competitiveness. The materials represent the resources by means of which a wide range of engineering projects are carried out. As such, materials engineers enjoy a broad field of operations, as the course provides them with theoretical and practical expertise which emphasizes the relations between microstructure, processing, properties and the consequent performance of the material in service.
The materials engineering course was introduced at Escola Politécnica in 1995, with the aim of accompanying the revolution which was taking place in the field of materials, reflected in significant technological innovations in practically all the sectors of human activity, and, principally, in those of computer science, telecommunications, transport and health. The employment market for materials engineers covers the field of the supply of raw materials, the transformation industry, the provision of services, technical assistance, advisory services and educational, development, research and scientific and technological institutions. 20 vacancies per year are currently on offer for the materials engineering course at the Department, which differs from the metallurgical engineering course in that it devotes more space to the study of polymer and ceramic materials intead of only courses in the area of metallurgy.