Mechanical Engineering (IM)

Mechanical Engineering (UTC-IM) has been created through a merger of two existing UTC departments – GM (Mechanical Engineering) and GSM (Mechanical Systems Engineering), for the purpose of training general mechanical engineering science graduates to meet the needs of those industrial sectors who need such skills.

Design, Industrialisation and Installation

Training course description

Training will there are cover a wide range of sectorial activities running from automobile industries, to railroads, to naval architecture & construction, aerospace and aeronautics, biomechanical applications, energy engineering, material transformation, robotics, professional software editing, design and consultancy offices ... UTC-IM graduates will adapt well to the above industrial fields, will be able to intervene through the product life-cycle and the various project phases, in R&DE, in pre-product design and prototyping, in development, industrialization, mass production, sales, recycling ...

The department will offer 3 year training to students with Bac.+2, providing solid grounding and skills in both Mechanical and Industrial engineering sciences. After training, graduates with the Mechanical Engineering diploma will be especially fit to tackle and solve concrete technology- intensive problems, often complex and accepting a high degree of responsibility in their missions. The latter consist of designing, making, implementing and maintaining products, processes and systems to meet the needs of evolving industrial setups. UTC-MES graduates will bring with them a wide-reaching culture and an open vista to the realities of the industrial world.

They will, for instance, be in a position: 

  • to design and size robust and safe mechanical systems; 
  • to propose materials best suited to expected constraints and property specifications;
  • to integrate vibro-acoustic analyses to mechanical designs;
  • to implement quality assurance measurements and certification;
  • to use digital engineering tools and software (CAD, PLM ...)
  • to supervise and control production system and direct manufacturing processes;
  • to identify, choose and implement suitable mechatronic and/or innovative solutions

Key facts and figures

  • 72 lecturer research scientists
  • 28 technical and admin. support staff
  • 1100 (approx.) students
  • 300 to 320 graduate engineers per year
  • 7500 alumni graduates

The training offer

The curriculum for students taking UTC-IM courses is organized with 4 semesters' course work and 2 semesters' industrial placements. A core programme of covering the scientific and technological fundamentals serves as the knowledge and skills basis.

The courses propose numerous experiment-intensive facets that help the students acquire and develop a sense of concrete realities. The course pedagogy is project and industrially oriented and this helps strengthen their capacity for team-work, notably as their curriculum schedules come to a close.

Indeed the innovative pedagogical model implemented by UTC relies on an 'a la carte' offer; student-engineers at UTC can combine training and class schedules with personal and professional projects and this greatly enhances their self-reliance. An excellent mastery of English is a prerequisite.

Teaching covers three main domains corresponding to the skills available at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

  • science and engineering of computational mechanics, material sciences and acoustics: modelling of physical phenomena;
  • science and engineering of mechanical and mechatronics assemblies: mechatronic and electronic power system design; 
  • science and engineering of industrial systems: design - industrialization, reliability and design.

At the end of the core programme, the student-engineers choose an elective specialty. These specialties have "professional" overtones and denote the in-depth add-on training in terms of employability. UTC-IM proposes 9 elective specialty streams, as follows:

  • Integrated Mechanical Engineering Design (CMI): analysis, modelling and design of a mechanical system and its behaviour, taking into account problems related to component integration and control systems in collaborative engineering context.
  • Industrial Design Engineering (IDI): designing products, taking into account the technical, ergonomic and aesthetic criteria, and learning to communicate on a concept or a design project.
  • A transverse elective specialty is proposed on all UTC Departments, viz., Management of Innovative Projects. This elective specialty is designed to add managerial skills for future entrepreneurial executive responsivities.

The Mechanical Engineering course can be taken via the UTC apprenticeship scheme, in one of two routes:

  • Design (CPT) which focuses on the 'upstream' aspects of a product

Strong teaching-research synergy

The various course components are based largely on the skills and availability of the UTC Roberval Lab. (Mechanical engineering, Acoustics, Vibrations and Materials): UTC's Roberval laboratory is specialised in development of experimental and digital approaches to the analysis, modelling and design of innovative materials, structures and integrated mechanical systems, in electric actuators and motricity issues for on-board power systems, power electronics and control.

Moreover, training and research come associated in the framework of the Institute for Mechatronics, managed jointly by UTC and the CETIM.

Partnerships and Valorisation

The Mechanical Engineering Department has established rich relationships and partnerships in many cutting edge sectors:

  • Automobile, railroad, aerospace: Renault, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Arcelor Mittal, Valeo, Saint-Gobain, Inergy, ALSTOM, EADS, Airbus, SAFRAN, CNES, ENERA, ...
  • Energy: EDF, CEA, ADEME, AREVA, ANDRA ...
  • Weapons: DGA, MBDA, ... 
  • Software editing: ESI Group, Dassault Systems ...
  • Technical Centres and Research establishments: CETIM, CETMEF, INERIS ...

Research Projects (approved and funded by ANR, Industrilab, FUI ...) contribute to development of these relationships and to valorise the research work, notably in the form of PhD theses conducted with industrial partnerships.

Going abroad

Close on 2 out of 3 students who take Mechanical Engineering gain an international experiences by doing a semester of their curriculum abroad at a partner university or even a full year (6 months course work followed by 6 months placement). Numerous double diplomas are offered:

  • In Europe: TUB (Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), University of de Zaragoza (Spain), Cranfield University (UK), Polytech Turin (Italy).
  • In Canada and the USA: 'Georgia Tech' (USA), ETS Montreal (Canada), EPM (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada).
  • In Latin America: UTFPR (Federal University of Technology of Parana (Brazil), UNIFEI, Brazil (Federal University of Itajuba), USP (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil).
  • In Asia: University Xi'an Jiaotong (China), Northwestern Polytechnical University (China).

Further studies

UTC also proposes:

  • access to a Doctoral School leading to the award of the academic title "Doctor UTC" (=PhD) for UTC-GMS candidates who wish to pursue in high level research and development. The doctoral work is conducted at either the UTC-Roberval or UTC-LEC laboratories and are conducted generally for 3 years, in agreement with an industrial partner.


Directrice du Département
Salima Bouvier
Phone : 03 44 23 79 38 | Contact by email

Responsable pédagogique
Nicolas Buiron
Contact by email

Coordinatrice des stages (de A à K)
Catherine Baligand
Phone : 03 44 23 52 36 | Contact by email

Coordinatrice des stages (de L à Z)
Muriel Petitalot
Phone : 03 44 23 43 32 | Contact by email

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