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Discovering Companies to Define Career Plans

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At the beginning of February, 14 companies welcomed 3rd year students to their premises: RATP Dev, Colas Rail, Ansaldo STS, DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), Héli Union, FEV, Airbus Défence and Space, Stelia, Ariane Group, Daftrucks, LGM, Bertrandt, Renault Sport, EMC. These companies opened the doors to their laboratories, research center, aerodrome, wind tunnel, DigitalLab, virtual reality rooms, etc. and availed of the opportunities to present professional openings for jobs and internships for ESTACA engineers.

“It was curiosity that led me to choose Airbus Defense Space. I knew the company specialised in aeronautics and aeronautics but I wondered what exactly was behind the Defense aspect. I was able to discover the group’s activities in military planes, drones, missiles, space launchers and artificial satellites”, explains Louise. Engineers, human resources managers and ESTACA alumni were all present to explain the professions and the challenges they work on.

“We weren’t just visitors”, continues Louise. “The company wanted to get to know us. The site director spoke to us as engineers and asked a lot of questions about our studies and internships already done.”

During these visits, the students discovered possible opportunities for their future profession but also the latest innovations they are likely to be working on. Guillaume, a Guided Transports enthusiast explains: “the advantage of going to the RATP Dev site in Antony is that we can discover all aspects of rail: maintenance, operation, production, safety, management, etc. The engineers who received us also talked about development projects for the future and how huge the challenges are in the rail sector, which convinced me I had chosen a growth sector!”

Most of the students were able to use the opportunity to refine their career plan. For Maxime on the aeronautics course: “My interest in engineering consulting was confirmed during this day of site visits”. Following the meetings, the companies presented their job opportunities in a growth sector where engineers are hard to find. And in the shorter-term, students went home with plenty of internship offerings for this summer or next year!

Space, a Vibrant Sector

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Space is a transversal sector with numerous applications: satellite communication, earth observation, satellite navigation, space launchers or science and inhabited space flight. There are three separate markets: military & defence, science and commercial. While these fields have major challenges for research and development, the commercial market has seen the greatest change as it opens up to competition. The arrival of new actors, including start-ups, needing launches of constellations of mini or nano low-orbit satellites, is accelerating the technological evolution of this sector.

ESTACA students opting for the space option are trained to meet these new challenges. From the second year of a 5-year course, they attend specific aeronautics and space classes. They specialize in space in 4th year, and in the last year follow the Satellites, ATV and Re-entry Vehicles specialization. Partners such as Astrium, Arianespace, the CNES, Thales, etc. offer internships in their favourite sector and enable students to complete their studies with the required skills, sought after by companies. Some like Arthur Descamps for example, even complete their internship at NASA.

In ESO (the ESTACA Space Odyssey association), students can put theory learned in class into practice, designing, manufacturing and launching experimental rockets.

The conquest of space is international. The United States and Europe are the two leading actors, with France contributing with companies such as Arianespace. The space industry represents sales of 260.5 billion dollars, set to reach 1,100 billion dollars by 2030 and continue to rise.

Automotive - a Changing Sector

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Worldwide production of French manufacturers’ vehicles increased by 11%, with French car making ranking 2nd in Europe, just like the equipment manufacturing industry. In terms of research and development (R&D), the automotive industry is the 2nd in companies, with 2.182 million jobs (direct and indirect jobs) or 8% of the population*.

In this highly favorable context, graduates from the ESTACA automotive program easily find jobs at the end of their studies: 98% of 2017 graduates were in a job less than one month after getting their diploma. Recruiters appreciate their pragmatic and operational profile. The four-year automotive program, including many internships, classes and projects supervised by working engineers, and technical association projects, provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the sector, making all the difference compared to general engineering programs.

Changes in the sector with the arrival of smart and driverless vehicles or the development of electric vehicles, promises a period of innovation rich in exciting challenges for engineers. Environment, safety, comfort, reliability, energy optimization; these are the main avenues of industrial research in the automotive sector to design new vehicles for the future.

Major equipment and car manufacturers need engineers to design new products, new technologies and new production processes, but also to conduct tests, organize production and study the market. New SMEs also offer innovative solutions in urban mobility, on-board systems and smart vehicles.

The ESTACA automotive engineering program prepares for all these professions but also the Advanced Master program in Embedded Lighting Systems and the new Driverless and Smart Vehicles (engineering diploma in French).

* Sources: French automotive manufacturers’ association (CCFA), Equipment Industries Vehicle Federation (FIEV), Eurostat, INPI, Bipe, INSEE.