Mechanical Engineering (IM)
Mechanical Engineering (UTC-IM) has been created through a merger of two existing UTC departments – GM (Mechanical Engineering) and GSM (Mechanical Systems Engineering), for the purpose of training general mechanical engineering science graduates to meet the needs of those industrial sectors who need such skills.
UTC-IM key figures
- 72 lecturer research scientists
- 28 technical and admin. support staff
- 1 100 (approx.) students
- 300 to 320 graduate engineers per year
- 7500 alumni graduates
Training will there are cover a wide range of sectorial activities running from automobile industries, to railroads, to naval architecture & construction, aerospace and aeronautics, biomechanical applications, energy engineering, material transformation, robotics, professional software editing, design and consultancy offices … UTC-IM graduates will adapt well to the above industrial fields, will be able to intervene through the product life-cycle and the various project phases, in R&DE, in pre-product design and prototyping, in development, industrialization, mass production, sales, recycling …
The department will offer 3 year training to students with Bac.+2, providing solid grounding and skills in both Mechanical and Industrial engineering sciences. After training, graduates with the Mechanical Engineering diploma will be especially fit to tackle and solve concrete technology- intensive problems, often complex and accepting a high degree of responsibility in their missions. The latter consist of designing, making, implementing and maintaining products, processes and systems to meet the needs of evolving industrial setups. UTC-MES graduates will bring with them a wide-reaching culture and an open vista to the realities of the industrial world.
They will, for instance, be in a position:
- to design and size robust and safe mechanical systems;
- to propose materials best suited to expected constraints and property specifications;
- to integrate vibro-acoustic analyses to mechanical designs;
- to implement quality assurance measurements and certification;
- to use digital engineering tools and software (CAD, PLM …)
- to supervise and control production system and direct manufacturing processes;
- to identify, choose and implement suitable mechatronic and/or innovative solutions
The curriculum for students taking UTC-IM courses is organized with 4 semesters' course work and 2 semesters' industrial placements. A core programme of covering the scientific and technological fundamentals serves as the knowledge and skills basis.
The courses propose numerous experiment-intensive facets that help the students acquire and develop a sense of concrete realities. The course pedagogy is project and industrially oriented and this helps strengthen their capacity for team-work, notably as their curriculum schedules come to a close.
Indeed the innovative pedagogical model implemented by UTC relies on an 'a la carte' offer; student-engineers at UTC can combine training and class schedules with personal and professional projects and this greatly enhances their self-reliance. An excellent mastery of English is a prerequisite.
Teaching covers three main domains corresponding to the skills available at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- science and engineering of computational mechanics, material sciences and acoustics: modelling of physical phenomena;
- science and engineering of mechanical and mechatronics assemblies: mechatronic and electronic power system design;
- science and engineering of industrial systems: design – industrialization, reliability and design.
At the end of the core programme, the student-engineers choose an elective specialty. These specialties have "professional" overtones and denote the in-depth add-on training in terms of employability. UTC-IM proposes 9 elective specialty streams, as follows:
- … to which must be added the transverse specialty – Management of Innovative Projects (UTC-MPI)
The various course components are based largely on the skills and availability of the UTC Roberval Lab. (Mechanical engineering, Acoustics, Vibrations and Materials): UTC's Roberval laboratory is specialised in development of experimental and digital approaches to the analysis, modelling and design of innovative materials, structures and integrated mechanical systems, in electric actuators and motricity issues for on-board power systems, power electronics and control.
Partnerships and valorisation
The Mechanical Engineering Department has established rich relationships and partnerships in many cutting edge sectors:
- Automobile, railroad, aerospace: Renault, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Arcelor Mittal, Valeo, Saint-Gobain, Inergy, ALSTOM, EADS, Airbus, SAFRAN, CNES, ENERA, …
- Energy: EDF, CEA, ADEME, AREVA, ANDRA …
- Weapons: DGA, MBDA, …
- Software editing: ESI Group, Dassault Systems …
- Technical Centres and Research establishments: CETIM, CETMEF, INERIS …
Research Projects (approved and funded by ANR, Industrilab, FUI …) contribute to development of these relationships and to valorise the research work, notably in the form of PhD theses conducted with industrial partnerships.
Close on 2 out of 3 students who take Mechanical Engineering gain an international experiences by doing a semester of their curriculum abroad at a partner university or even a full year (6 months course work followed by 6 months placement). Numerous double diplomas are offered.