Rail: a promising career sector
In France and abroad, there is a shortage of engineers specializing in Guided Transports and Rail.
TGV, tramways, automatic metros, mechanical lifts, carousels, are all poorly known means of guided and rail transport that offer interesting perspectives for engineers with a taste for a technical challenge. The sector sometimes suffers from an outdated image, although innovation is present more than elsewhere, and French expertise is recognized all around the world.
There are more opportunities here than in other sectors and exciting careers to be had in France and abroad. Fer de France, an interprofessional organization bringing together actors in the rail sector, announced that it needed 1,000 engineers per year although only 400 are being trained in specialist schools. ESTACA is one of the only schools in France offering a specific Guided Transports and Rail programme.
This option is available from the 2nd year of the preparatory cycle and in four years provides in-depth knowledge of the sector. With 12 months of internships, concrete projects, professional teachers and partnerships with companies such as SNCF, Alstom, Ikos Consulting or Keolis, students are fully operational on graduation from the School. This programme offers the best rate of employment with 91% of students working before they graduate and 100% have a permanent job within 2 months of graduation. There are also plenty of extra-curricular activities and emulation between students passionate about trains, trams and other guided or rail vehicles: the association ESTATRAIN organizes site visits, a study visit to the international Innotrans show in Berlin for all 4th-year students, and designed and built a TGV driving simulator.
If you are looking for a challenge for the future, the rail sector awaits!