Innovative Design and Materials

Specialization in Innovative Design and Materials

The specialization in Innovative Design and Materials mainly trains engineers for the three following positions: research and development engineer, mechanical and mechatronics product design engineer and test engineer. Half of graduating students access their first job on their graduation day: the average of yearly starting salaries is 34k€ (according to a 2012 survey).

Purposes of the Training

This specialization aims at training general field engineers in different mechanical and transportation fields by making them acquire multidisciplinary skills as users of a wide range of technologies and one or several levels of expertise as innovative designers.

Shared skills (solid mechanics, automatics, thermal, materials and electrical engineering) are taught in the course of the 3 first terms. Then, for 2 terms, students are offered to choose among three subfields:

Business Segments and Job Openings

They are related to all sectors dealing with transportation (automobile, aerospace, naval, rail, farming), energy production, heavy industry, arms, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, composite and plastic materials, pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing industries and food-processing industries. Job openings include positions in development, applied research; development of processes of production, research departments, computation, testing and approval. Other positions are located more ahead and deal with research within companies or public or private research centres.

Strengths of the Training

Pedagogical innovation is at the heart of this specialization. Some teaching units take the shape of projects. Mechanisms – such as power-assisted steering, Segways, swimming-pool cleaning robots, chainsaws, compressors, etc. – are studied in order to understand the way they work. A long-term project is carried out during the last 3 terms. As they would in a company, 6 students – from the 3 different subfields – form a multidisciplinary project-team led by a project manager and deal with industrial matters. A Product Life Management (PLM) computer tool allows coordinating the different tasks performed individually for the benefit of the group.

A long internship (4 to 5 month long) will be carried out between the 3rd and 4th years (from June to October). It allows students getting familiar with companies and engineering jobs, carrying out an industrial assignment while including communication and responsibility plans and thinking over their personal and career objectives.

A close collaboration with the Department of Humanities (management, languages) allows a direct implementation of the knowledge brought by this department to the scientific training (regarding projects and internships).

Additional Training

Training can be completed by an additional Masters degree carried out concurrently:

One or two terms can also be replaced by a study abroad course: School of Higher Technology in Montreal (Canada), University of Prague (Czech Republic), Bucharest (Romania), Lulea (Sweden), Bochum (Germany), Konstanz (Germany), Padua (Italy), Madrid (Spain), etc.


Solid mechanics; modelling and simulation in structural mechanics; sizing, thermal; mechatronics; mechanical conception; automated; electro-techniques; industrial computing; industrial hydraulics; implementation – properties – characterization – choice of materials; durability; innovative materials.

Industrial Partners

In the course of the last years, the following partners have trained interns or hired engineers who had chosen this specialization:

  • Transportation: Airbus, DCNS, EADS, Hutchinson, John Deere, PSA Citroën, Renault, Snecma, Valéo ;
  • Electrical Energy and Mechanisms: Air liquide, Alstef, Areva, D2T, Emerson, Inteva, Leroy Somer, Rolex, Saint-Gobain, Shaefler, SKF, Tata Steel, Thalès;
  • Pharmaceutical, Cosmetology and Food-Processing Sectors: Famar, Mac Cain, Merck, Nestlé, Sephora, Sisheido.

Research Partnerships

PRISME Laboratory (topics: heterogeneous material mechanics, robotics, automatics), CEMHTI Laboratory (topics: properties of the materials under extreme conditions).