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Aeronautical Engineer

Reduction in the weight of aircraft, reduction in polluting emissions, increase in aircraft capacity, development and integration of electrical commands: innovation is constant in the aeronautical sector, to reconcile economic and technical performance, in complete security. Being an engineer in aeronautics means working on the design and operation of aircraft (aeroplanes, helicopters, balloons), and embedded systems. This might mean the technical conduct of the development programme, carrying out tests on the ground or in flight, developing production methods, optimising quality processes, or prospecting and negotiating contracts.

Specialised training and privileged contact with companies

more than 400 hours of courses are provided by engineers from Dassault, Safran, EADS-Airbus, Thalès, etc.

at least 4 implementation projects are performed during the curriculum, for example:

  • preliminary design of Aircraft architecture (modelling);
  • determining the weight of an airliner's wing;
  • dimensioning an exhaust nozzle;
  • study on functional safety for landing gear.

12 months of mandatory work-experience courses, for example:

  • Discovering the company course in 1st year at EADS MOROCCO: Design of a computer program for monitoring aircraft maintenance;
  • Engineer's work-experience course in 4th year at EUROCOPTER JAPAN: Research on optimising stocks of helicopter replacement parts and proposing new solutions;
  • End-of-study work-experience course in 5th year at DASSAULT AVIATION: Study on improving acoustic comfort in the cabin of the Falcon 7X;

visits to the Toulouse aeronautical sites (Airbus, CEAT test centre, etc.) and conferences

Associations for expressing your interests

Reconstructing the first seaplane, which made its maiden voyage in 1909: this is one of the projects undertaken by students of the Aeronautical Group, which also organises first experiences of flying (aeroplane, helicopter, aerobatics), travel in aeroplanes, conferences, visits to companies, pilot's courses, etc. In 2010, the association will also organise the "Grandes Ecoles" Gliding Meetings.

The objective of Flying West is to help students at Laval discover aeronautical activities, offering them conferences, preparation for the pilot's licence and the renovation of old aircraft.

Building and flying miniature aeroplanesESTACA Modelling  provides an introduction to aero-modelling in all its forms: construction and flying of powered aeroplanes, gliders or indoor aircraft. The association has launched the "Exceptional Gliders" project, to provide the association with gliders of various dimensions (1.50 m to 4.40 m) and works together with former students.

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