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Urban Engineering (GU)

Intense urban deve­lop­ment round the world is dra­wing atten­tion and to face the nume­rous chal­lenges as we desi­gn smart sus­tai­nable cities for tomor­row, the UTC-GU Dept. pro­poses first the gene­ra­list trai­ning before pro­vi­ding in-depth skills and know­ledge in the fol­lo­wing spe­cial­ties: buil­ding tech­niques, urba­nism and land plan­ning, water, waste and ener­gy mana­ge­ment poli­cies and prac­tice that take into account the tech­ni­cal envi­ron­men­tal, legal, social and cultu­ral constraints.

UTC-GU key figures

  • 12 lec­tu­rer research scientists
  • 100 (approx.) gra­duates / yr.
  • 25 Master's degree / yr.
  • Over 10 PhDs / yr.
  • Ave­rage time to recruit­ment: 0,7 month
  • 10% of the UTC-GU gra­duates work abroad

Training offer

The GU pro­gramme com­bines theo­ry and prac­tice to gain insights and bet­ter unders­tan­ding of sus­tai­nable urba­nism, mobi­li­ty, ener­gy and hou­sing; the GU stu­dents inte­grate their visions using modern com­pu­ter desi­gn and ana­ly­sis packages, for urban areas, cities and conur­ba­tions. This requires data base skills, geo­gra­phic data col­lec­tion, model­ling techniques …

GU, in its second phase, offers 2 specialties:


GU research is conduc­ted by the UTC-AVENUES team, which relies on sys­te­mic ana­ly­sis of urban pro­blems, with models, metho­do­lo­gy and soft­ware packages for aids to decision.

A first area covers the inter­ac­tions and inte­grates envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors (docu­ments, cri­sis mana­ge­ment, impacts of cli­ma­tic change).

A second area aims at opti­mi­sing ener­gy pro­duc­tion and mana­ge­ment on a single buil­ding or dis­trict scale, with the pros­pect of intro­du­cing rene­wable ener­gies. AVENUES also has col­la­bo­ra­tive research contracts with exter­nal part­ners such as the French minis­try in charge of eco­lo­gy, the CERAMA, the City of Tou­louse or the Dun­kirk Port authorities.

Partnerships and valorisation

The Urban Plan­ning and Engi­nee­ring major offers an inno­va­tive tea­ching for­mat based on pro­ject-based lear­ning. Each semes­ter, pro­ject work­shops, based on real indusr­trial orders, posi­tion our student engi­neers as being in desi­gn offices, and are super­vi­sed for one day a week by seve­ral lecturer-cum—research scientists.

The objec­tive is to simu­late the func­tio­ning of a clas­sic desi­gn office, to respond to an exter­nal client, to confront pro­blems in the field of urban plan­ning and engi­nee­ring, to ima­gine tech­ni­cal, spa­tial and socie­tal solu­tions, to pro­vide the deli­ve­rables reques­ted, while res­pec­ting dead­lines, and at the same time encou­ra­ging auto­no­my, ini­tia­tive and self-management.


  • Pro­ject mana­ge­ment assis­tance for the reha­bi­li­ta­tion of the vil­lage hall at Inchy en Artois (Euro­Watt company);
  • Pro­ject for the rede­ve­lop­ment of the Com­piegne SNCF sta­tion area, for the desi­gn of an eco-neigh­bou­rhood com­bi­ning inno­va­tion and consul­ta­tion (Grea­ter Compiègne);
  • Making Lon­gueil-Sainte-Marie a posi­tive ener­gy com­mune (part of Longueil-Sainte-Marie);
  • Achie­ving socie­tal accep­ta­bi­li­ty of devices asso­cia­ted with elec­tro-mobi­li­ty (ADEME).

Placements/internships and industrial relations

During their three years’ trai­ning, UTC student-engi­neers majo­ring in GU com­plete two inter­n­ships in com­pa­nies, each las­ting 24 weeks, i.e., 2 x 6 months, spread throu­ghout the year, with inter­n­ships alter­na­ting bet­ween autumn and spring ses­sions. These inter­n­ships – real pro­fes­sio­nal expe­riences – contri­bute to the inte­gra­tion of future gra­duates into the wor­king world. The student-engi­neers bene­fit from a net­work of pro­fes­sio­nal and ins­ti­tu­tio­nal part­ners in France and around the world: major construc­tion, equip­ment and tech­ni­cal ser­vices groups (Vin­ci, Eif­fage, Suez), desi­gn offices pro­vi­ding pro­ject mana­ge­ment assis­tance and pro­ject mana­ge­ment in urban deve­lop­ment, trans­port, ther­mal engi­nee­ring, belon­ging to major groups and SMEs (Egis, Arté­lia, Ingé­rop, Alte­rea, Franck Bout­té, Atti­tudes urbaines, Arval urba­nisme, etc.), urban plan­ning agen­cies, local autho­ri­ties, research laboratories.


The UTC-GU depart­ment is enga­ged in five double degrees with the Ecole de Tech­no­lo­gie Supé­rieure de Mont­réal, Poly­tech­nique Mont­réal, Uni­ver­si­té du Qué­bec à Chi­cou­ti­mi, Laval Uni­ver­si­ty in Cana­da and the Escua­la Colom­bia­na de Inge­nie­ria in Colom­bia. Other double degrees are under consi­de­ra­tion. Student-engi­neers are encou­ra­ged to go abroad on exchange for a semes­ter of stu­dy at a uni­ver­si­ty in Europe (Ger­ma­ny, Bel­gium, Ita­ly, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Lithua­nia, Poland, Swe­den, etc.), Ame­ri­ca (Bra­zil, Mexi­co, Chile, Cana­da, Uni­ted States (Rhode Island), etc.) or Asia (Sin­ga­pore, PR Chi­na, Tai­wan, South Korea, etc.). They also have the pos­si­bi­li­ty to do one of their inter­n­ships while abroad.

Professional opportunities

UTC gra­duates who major in GU enjoy an excellent repu­ta­tion in the pro­fes­sio­nal world with a capa­ci­ty to adapt that enables them to apply for a wide range of jobs as desi­gn engi­neers and pro­ject engi­neers in construc­tion, ener­gy, trans­port and urban deve­lop­ment sectors.

Near­ly one half of the student engi­neers are hired at the end of their inter­n­ship and 90% find a first pro­fes­sio­nal job within a month.

Contact and documentation


Direc­teur du département
Fabrice Loc­ment
 +33 (0)3 44 23 49 22


Direc­trice de la recherche – labo­ra­toire Avenues
Manue­la Sechilariu
 +33 (0)3 44 23 50 27


Res­pon­sable de la pédagogie
Eduard Anta­lu­ca
 +33 (0)3 44 23 49 09


Res­pon­sable des stages
Natha­lie Molines
 +33 (0)3 44 23 44 60


Coor­di­na­teur rela­tions internationales
Berk Celik
 +33 (0)3 44 23 44 06
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