Mechanical engineering sandwich course
Partnership engineering training (FIP) can be undertaken with an apprenticeship contract (students aged under 30) or on the continuing education track (age over 30). Engineers are awarded the INSA Strasbourg diploma, specialization mechanical engineering in partnership with ITTI Alsace (Institute of industrial engineering techniques Alsace). The CFAI Alsace (industrial apprentices’ training center) is responsible for running and administering the course.
This generalist mechanical engineering course is intended to train technical managers capable of:
- developing mechanical systems, from the definition of the need in terms of industrialization, and including the design and validation phases
- organizing, monitoring and improving production systems, while supervising teams, carrying out technical audits and participating in change management, thereby guaranteeing the competitiveness of our industrial sector
- overseeing and steering industrial projects.
Over the 3 years, the course includes 52 weeks of academic training and 107 weeks of on-the-job training, including at least 4 weeks spent abroad.
The periods spent in the company are divided into three phases corresponding to the three years of the course:
- phase 1 (31 weeks): the aim is for the student to get to know the company (environment, structure, products, objectives, technologies, people, culture, etc.)
- phase 2 (32 weeks): intended to prepare the student to carry out technical projects
phase 3 (44 weeks): intended to enable the student to autonomously carry out a complex project: the final course project (PFE).
- Year 1 (22 weeks): to validate the basic scientific and technological knowledge acquired relating to the job of the mechanical engineer
- Year 2 (21 weeks): to validate the general knowledge acquired in engineering sciences and the introduction to economic and human sciences
- Year 3 (9 weeks): to validate the basic knowledge acquired in economic and human sciences
- fundamental sciences:: mathematics, vibratory physics, general, computer science (programming languages C and Visual Basic, Access)
- engineering sciences: mechanical construction, CIM, production organization and management, materials, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, turbomachines, hydromechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, electrotechnics, electronics, automatic controls, servo-controlled systems
- economic and human sciences: project management, industrial performance (6 Sigma), accounting and financial management, human resources management, law, communication and conduct of meetings, German and English
- projects: interdisciplinary projects, industrial project, final course project (PFE).
Throughout the course, students are given opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams on educational projects and in-company projects.
Organization of the course
- students alternate periods at the school and periods in the company every 2 weeks
- total duration of the academic training: 52 weeks
- total time spent on the job: 103 weeks (including a minimum of 4 week abroad)
The course developed by INSA Strasbourg includes:
- 1,800 hours of training for apprentices and 1,200 hours for those on the continuing education track.
- 30 to 40% of the training hours are devoted to economic and human sciences
- Year 1 students have the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary project in a group to design a system (mixed mechanical and electrical engineering groups)
- an in-company project in Year 2 to validate the student’s technical skills
- a 600-hour final course project (PFE) carried out in connection with the student’s activities in the company.
Final course project (PFE)
The student is placed in a situation of complete responsibility. He or she has to carry out an assignment entrusted by the company. This must be an industrial project that pulls together the two aspects of the sandwich course: academic training and on-the-job training. It is conducted under the supervision of two tutors (one in the company and an academic tutor).
The project will be a targeted study, drawing on the scientific and technical knowledge acquired in the classroom. The organizational and economic aspects of business are also taken in account.
The level of English required at the end of the course is a score of 785/990 in the TOEIC test.
A minimum of 4 weeks’ experience abroad is required during the course:
- either on an assignment for the company that signed the apprenticeship contract,
- or an internship in a subsidiary, with a supplier or in a laboratory in a foreign university
General mechanical engineers can exercise the following professions, as a project or technical manager in all sectors of industry (engineering, aeronautics, automotive, agrifood, chemical, etc.) and the energy sector:
- design office: design of new products, from the drawing up of the specifications through to validation of the prototypes
- industrialization: design and implementation of new production processes. Definition/adaptation of workstations (health and safety, working conditions, etc.)
- production: implementation of new production management techniques (Lean management, etc.)
- maintenance: implementation of preventive maintenance, CAMM
- quality/environment: quality management, certification/management of materials, water, energy, etc.
Young graduates take up positions in all sectors of industry, but also in higher education and research.
They can undertake a thesis (CIFRE agreement, for example) or take the competitive examinations to enter higher education teaching (agrégation, CAPES, CAPET).
Hakim Remita, head of department
Marion Clauss, training assistant
This course is organized in partnership with ITII Alsace : Micaele Gelhausen