Technologies for Energy, Aerospace and Motorization

Specialization in Technologies for Energy, Aerospace and Engine

The department in Energetics – Technologies for Energy, Aerospace and Engine trains engineers able to rise to company challenges in energy, aerospace and automobile sectors.

This complete polyvalent training is based on theoretical and practical teaching units and allows acquiring the necessary skills to become field engineers who are companies’ vehicles for innovation. Half of graduating students access their first job on their graduation day: the average of yearly starting salaries is 34k€ (according to the CGE 2014 survey).

Purposes of the Training

In energy sectors, you will contribute to sustainable development as a global challenge by improving energetic efficiency in production or energy transformation systems and energetic conservation in buildings. During the training, you will discover different sources of energy production from fossil or sustainable energies and will then be capable of sizing them. You will practice building thermal systems and environmental engineering.

In aerospace sectors, you will contribute to land and air vehicles optimization aiming at improving their  performances while reducing their energy and sound impact. In the course of the training, you will learn the subtleties of external and internal aerodynamics, eddy-flow properties and particularities of low and high speed flows. You will be able to solve complex aerodynamic problems and to size aerospace propulsion systems in order to optimize their functioning.

In automobile sectors, you will contribute to optimizing powertrain by improving their energy efficiency while reducing their polluting discharges and, consequently, their ecological impact. In the course of the training, you will be presented with the functioning of internal combustion engines, their internal aerodynamic, mixing and combustion mechanisms and associated chemical phenomena. You will practice engine tuning and control and understand the stakes of hybrid electric vehicles and their energy management.

Each graduating engineering student should be UNIQUE!

When reaching 3rd year of engineering training, a specialized course is offered so that each student can develop specific skills according to his/her career and personal objectives. This personalized course will allow each student to elaborate a “unique” CV which will make him/her more competitive for a first hire.

After acquiring core knowledge in the three fundamental fields of the specialization (fluid dynamics, energy management, engines and propulsion) a personalized approach is offered to 3rd year students in the course of the 2nd year of engineering training. It consists in a selection of 4 teaching units among 8 (there are no limits to combinations) according to the student’s career objectives.

Training Tools

The training provided in the specialization is deeply rooted in knowledge implemented during practical works and projects.

Engineering students take charge of digital simulation software during practical works in computer rooms. The business software students are trained to use are selected according to their recurrence in companies from the targeted sectors.

  • Reactive or non-reactive fluid simulation: ANSYS/Fluent, FIRE
  • Thermal/Energetics: ThermOptim
  • Vehicle engine simulation: Amesim, GT-Power
  • Hydraulic circuits: FlowMaster
  • Gas dynamics: GasDyn
  • Structure calculations: Abaqus
  • CAD: Creo
  • Generals: Matlab, Simulink, Fortran, Visual Studio

Since the teaching staff is mainly composed of researching lecturers who are active in research laboratories on the campus of Orléans, engineering students have access to high-end material and remarkable facilities such as engine test benches and Lucien Malavard wind tunnel from PRISME Laboratory.

Group-work activities are planned all along the course to teach students how to work cooperatively.

Additional Training

Training can be completed by an additional degree (Masters in Energy and Materials, Vehicle and Sustainable Transportation at the IFP School or Business Administration) or be replaced during the 3rd year by a study abroad course (at Cranfield University, United Kingdom or at the School of Higher Technology in Montreal, Canada) in keeping with the student’s project.

Business Segments and Job Openings

The targeted businesses are SMB as well as big national/international groups or service provision companies, public companies or research organizations. Hiring sectors are aerospace, energy and automotive. Accessible job types are research and development engineers (75%) and business manager engineer (25%). These two positions require quite an acute perception of environmental constraints: the first will contribute to offering innovative solutions while the second will be in charge of implementing them.


Aerodynamics; aeronautics; aerospace; automobile; air conditioning; combustion; engine control; pollution control; energy efficiency; renewable energies; fluid dynamics; motorization; energy production and transformation; propulsion; energy systems; turbo-machines; turbulence; hybrid vehicle.

Industrial Partners

In the course of the last years, engineers who had chosen this department were hired by the following partners: Airbus, Alcatel, Alstom, Dassault, EDF, Eurocopter, PSA, Renault, Sagem, Snecma, Thalès, Valéo, etc. 

Research Partnerships

PRISME Laboratory (topics: heterogeneous material mechanics; energy, combustion, engines; aerospace flows and systems; robotics, automatics), CEMHTI Laboratory (topic: properties of materials under extreme conditions), ICARE Laboratory (Institute on Combustion Aero-thermal Sciences, Reactivity and Environment).