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Engineering Physics

Objectives

The objective of the Engineering Physics program is to train pragmatic engineers who will be able to adapt rapidly to the complexity of the world industry, this in order to be able to follow and anticipate the major technological developments of tomorrow. The goal will be to develop or optimize innovative products or processes that deal with the transformation of condensed matter or energy.

The academic program is based on scientific and technological multidisciplinary knowledge that covers a very broad interdisciplinary field of expertise in the field of engineering physics for the implementation of materials, energy or complex systems.
The program includes academic and practical sessions, research projects and internships. The objective of the projects is to reinforce the assimilation of the theoretical background tackled during the practical sessions.

The aim is to train engineers capable of carrying out, managing and treating projects as components of systems, large and complex, in industrial environment (R & D, engineering design, production) or research laboratory.

Four fundamental components

  • Solid formation in Engineering Sciences (characterization and shaping of materials, control and control of processes, process engineering, nuclear energy, electrical engineering, etc.) ;
  • Advanced teaching in Physics and Physico-Chemistry (condensed matter physics, physics of surfaces and interfaces, physico-chemistry of materials and solutions, nanoscience) ;
  • Conception and realization of a Project (industrial or research prototype) by implementing the pedagogy of innovation, autonomy, team-work and pramatism ;
  • Human and Social Sciences (expression, languages, economics, law, psychosociology, management).

Specificities of the training

The project is an essential element that allows future engineers to practice their skills and discover the management of a real industrial project in all its aspects : technical, budget, deadlines, organization, teamwork, outsourcing ... etc.

Communication and management courses develop also open-mindedness, listening and synthesis skills, as well as the ease of summarizing and presenting work.

Students are trained on many key issues for engineers like on environmental, control and management of total quality, sustainable development, safety related to industrial production with the assistance of a significant participation of industrial stakeholders.

Engineering Physics Project
It provides a link between fundamental courses and practical implementation of technology.

Up to twenty-five students work on the same project at the same time over the first two years, based on 4 to 6 hour sessions every week and a total amount of about 300h with lecturers. Thus, a solar motor vehicle (Bélénos), a photobioreactor for the production of hydrogen or the regeneration of oxygen in a confined space (space cabin, submarine), a power converter have been successively realized. Recently, specific machines for the characterization of mechanical and physico-chemical properties of innovant metalic samples for aeronautics have been designed and manufactured and delivered to industry. 

Internships

Three internships are mandatory

  • one-month internship at the end of the first year
  • two/three-month internship abroad at the end of the second year
  • last semester (five/six month) in industry

Contact

Head of Engineering Physics department : Jean-Pierre Fontaine

j-pierre.fontaine@uca.fr