Students are involved in devising their course of training (choosing their Major, sections and modules, placements, etc.) in line with their proposed career.
This enables them to acquire the skills needed by business, to consolidate their international culture and their knowledge of the industrial world
The training given at the ENSCR is based on breaking down barriers between disciplines and a project-based educational method.
Project-based teaching encourages students to work in a group, to organise themselves, to research and prioritise information, to develop their spirit of initiative. It is one of the priorities of the School. Currently, projects are introduced:
– in the first year: in developing new multimedia products in addition to lessons with the tutors concerned and professionals from industry; in creating a innovative project, from the initial idea to the marketing of the product, guided throughout by staff of the school and guest speakers;
– in the second and third years: in the area of health and safety in industry, in partnership with the INRS, the Caisse Régionale d’Assurance Maladie and companies for case studies; in teaching majors in the form of a practical project (2nd year), a project working in pairs, and an individual bibliographical project in the preparation of the end-of-course project (third year).
The most modern resources in the way of scientific facilities, materials and Information and Communication Technologies for Education (ICTE) are used in training especially via e-training – a platform of on-line lessons. It allows teachers to provide students with resources and access to activities on line. The students can obtain resources and collaborate on remote projects.
Specific tutoring for the majors, and a very dynamic placement and industrial relations department to guide ENSCR student-engineers into their first job.
Placements and gap year
These are an integral part of the Professional Project of each student-engineer and occur throughout the course. These periods of business placement enable them to develop general, technical and managerial skills. They culminate in a written report and an oral presentation, both of which are assessed.
The placements are compulsory.
|1st year||= or > 8 weeks, beginning in June||to discover business life|
|2nd year||= or > 13 weeks, beginning in May||to face the student with a technical situation on industrial problems|
|3rd year||= or > 18 weeks, beginning in February-March||to allow the student-engineer to carry through a large-scale project, in a company or in a research laboratory, or as part of a Research Master.|
Placements and study trips abroad:
The Placements and International Relations departments work jointly to help students to spent part of their course abroad. A travel grant can be given if precise criteria are met, depending on the nature of the placement (in a company or at a university), the place (Europe or outside Europe), and social criteria (scholarship-holder or not).
In addition to local finance (companies and laboratories offering placements), students each year benefit from grants under the schemes ERASMUS + and Jeunes à L’International (JALI) from the Brittany Regional Council.
The Association of Former Students of the ENSCR and the School itself have funds to cover part of the travel costs for some students.
The gap year:
Students wanting to build on their work experience have the option of taking a gap year, between their second and third year, in France or abroad. This opportunity is subject to the approval of a committee judging the validity of the project and its being in line with the student’s professional targets. The administrative registration of the student is compulsory.
Foreign travel is one of the great advantages of ENSCR courses. As one of our students, you are strongly encouraged to gain experience of travelling abroad.
Depending on your career plans and the specific training offered by the schools, you also have the option of spending your third year in one of the schools of the Gay Lussac Federation (FGL).
As a foreign student, the ENSCR offers you every opportunity to carry out your project.
Double-diploma ENSCR- IFP School
Students who have completed two academic years of study on engineering course at the ENSCR have the option of joining a two-year programme leading to a double diploma: an engineering degree from the ENSCR after 16 months of the programme and the IFP School diploma at the end of the second year of the programme.
Applications by these students must be approved and then presented by the ENSCR, and will be put before the admissions panel of the relevant IFP School.
Specialist Year in Atomic Engineering at the INSTN (National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology)
An agreement between the INSTN and the ENSCR offers students-engineers in their second year the option of spending their third year at the INSTN, following a specialist course for engineers in Atomic Engineering. At the end of this course they obtain the engineering degree from the ENSCR and also a certificate of specialisation in Atomic Engineering from the INSTN. This involves training in nuclear science and techniques aimed at reactor systems.
Every year, 1st year engineering students benefit from a week dedicated to innovation and business creation, which takes the form of a challenge during which they must design an innovative product on a theme. imposed.
Divided into groups, they must present an original project in one or more of these elements: the concept, the raw materials, the technology, the formulation, the packaging, and / or the packaging …
For 3 days, groups of students compete by tackling all aspects of the development of their project, from the initial idea to the marketing of the product. During a final presentation, each group has 180 seconds to convince the jury of the innovation and commercial potential of their project.
The jury then assesses, more generally, the projects according to various criteria: technical file, marketing, project management, etc.
In 2021, the theme of the challenge was “Towards 100% reusable or recyclable packaging”.
The 1st prize was awarded to the “Pakaridur” project which consists of the design of ecological and resistant packaging for transport. “The project is inspired by the concept of bee-wraps. These are pieces of fabric impregnated with beeswax to waterproof them and replace disposable kitchen wrappers like cellophane or aluminum foil. The goal was to adapt this method in order to get rid of the boxes used for delivery, which are too standardized and so infrequently adapted to the size of what they are carrying. The Pakaridur is suitable for small objects, non-toxic and non-sharp. It is not suitable for direct contact with food products. The beeswax prototype gave us a weight limit of around 700g. However, since rice wax is more resistant, one can imagine packaging heavier products. The tests are still being carried out for lack of a real prototype. Plus, with maintenance, Pakaridurs are fully reusable. Under current sanitary conditions, the first action envisaged is the disinfection of the Pakaridur, then a check of the condition of the fabric and if necessary replace it and finally the addition of wax in the places where it would have been damaged to return the packaging to new functional ”.
In 2020, the theme of the challenge was “Clean Oceans”
The 1st Prize was won by the “Trans’Algues” project, which consists of the design of a beach deckchair from bio-sourced materials and in particular brown algae.
“Trans’Algue is an innovative product that will allow everyone to participate in the clean-up of beaches and oceans while settling comfortably to contemplate the result. This ergonomic, comfortable and weather-resistant deckchair is built in a material made from coconut and banana fibers, and especially Sargassum seaweed. These have been multiplying for several years, invading the coasts of Martinique, Guadeloupe and the rest of the Antilles. We therefore imagined a way to get around this delicate situation to our advantage by exploiting the mounds of washed up seaweed in order to produce on a small scale, then on a large scale, beach chairs intended to revitalize the areas deserted after the disaster. “
1st Prize won by the “Pretty Belly” project consisting of the creation of jeans for pregnant women with shape memory. These jeans are able to adapt to the evolution of the woman’s body during the 9 months and to return to its initial shape just by applying a heat source (iron for example).
“We had this idea starting from the observation that pregnant women must buy special pants during their pregnancies and of different sizes. However, these are generally not reusable afterwards. So we thought of a pair of jeans that could accompany the pregnant woman throughout her pregnancy or pregnancies, but also serve for everyday life, ”explains Magaly Arnold, one of the group’s student engineers. “The product developed therefore does not remain in the cupboard between two pregnancies. Thanks to a nickel-titanium alloy woven with elastane, the jeans stretch and keep this shape. We have also incorporated problems related to water retention in the legs and buttocks. Ironing the fabric allows the jeans to regain their original shape. We chose the nickel-titanium alloy with a 50/50 composition because it is malleable enough to be woven and its return-to-shape temperature is high enough to withstand machine washing but low enough to be reached by a household tool. such as an iron ”. Thanks to this alloy, the product range could be widened, for example with the manufacture of swimsuits.