Becoming an engineer requires solid scientific, technical and operational knowledge as well as interpersonal skills. The ESITC Paris curriculum was created and modelled with and for the profession. It combines rigorous academics in juxtaposition with a professional world that is constantly changing.
Our coursework allows students to:
- Consolidate their foundation of scientific knowledge
- Acquire technical skills in the public works and construction fields
- Apply the knowledge acquired using a “project” mode teaching structure
- Come up with their professional plan as they earn their degree
- Participate in student life through students organisations and school entities, sponsoring new students and through school organisations.
Beyond reinforcing scientific knowledge and expanding in social sciences, engineering students encounter new technological courses as early as their first year, making a clean break from the very general secondary school system: resistance of materials, topography, general construction, construction design or works organisation and management.
Site work placement: at the end of the first year, this placement provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired and introduces them to today’s corporate world.
The second year focuses on strengthening ing the scientific foundation and continues on from the introduction to new subjects dedicated to construction such as structural mechanics, hydraulics, plotting and earthworks, reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete or even bridges.
Sponsorship by a company creates a special connection from the time students enter in their 1st year and it lasts through their entire school curriculum , thus facilitating contacts with the professional world when they are looking for work placements.
This 3-year cycle mainly focuses on technological, management and communication courses as well as the fundamental work placements.
After a few weeks of class, engineering students start their 2nd cycle with a site management placement (4 to 6 months) where they take on their first management responsibilities under the guidance of a confirmed engineer. When they return to campus in January, instruction is geared toward technical subjects (structural steelwork, soil mechanics, etc.) and the completion of several applied projects. This dense year ends with the mandatory 3-month work placement in a foreign country.
The 4th year is broken down into two distinct periods and during the second semester, students have the possibility to:
- Study at a partner university, while having acquired the latest technical, digital (BIM or digital modelling, Autocad®, Covadis®), management and communication skills before their departure.
- Carry out an industrial research project and take an introduction to theatre class with the goal being to affirm their personality.
- Present a project on professional orientation under the direction of Olivier Aucouturier.
For the last year, as the grand finale before graduation, students choose their specialisation: Building or Roads and Public Works.
There are several options:
- The year begins with the end of studies work placement lasting 6 months at most. Throughout this period, the student works and simultaneously receives support from a professor at the school and a confirmed engineer at the company. This experience is validated with a written report and an oral defence in front of a jury made up of board members, teachers and professionals from the field. Then students come back to campus to complete their final academic work and prepare a complete technical project that relates directly to the option they have chosen. This final year curriculum perfected by ESITC Paris is a reference when it comes to engineering instruction, given the professionalism of the project.
- Take additional courses for 4 months in partnership with the IAE Gustave Eiffel Management School in Créteil and obtain a double degree, Engineer / Masters in company management.
- Complete the 5th year of study at ESITC Metz or Caen depending on the specialisations offered, and upon application approval.
- Spend the final year of study in a partner university abroad, and in certain cases earn a double degree, depending on the requirements (exams, ECTS credits) of the host university.
Since 2012, ESITC Paris has been offering the possibility for 20 students to enter the engineering programme as apprentices in a 3-year work-study course. As part of the work-study contract, the student is both a paid employee of the company and an engineering student at ESITC.
Throughout the programme, each apprentice receives follow-up and guidance from an work-study mentor at the company and from an advisor at the school. After each period worked at the company (8 in total), the apprentice’s advisor prepares an evaluation. The skills acquired during these work periods are also evaluated upon returning to campus. The apprentice engineer must meet the same requirements as engineering students with traditional student status: skills are evaluated using equivalent exams, validation of experiential learning is the decision of a jury led by an executive director from a building and public works company and including the university director and professors, thus allowing work-study students to receive the same degree.
The curriculum, designed in collaboration with companies in the field, differs from the traditional apprenticeship sandwich course as it is based on a 6-week rhythm on average. The progressive 3-year programme includes a continuous period of 4 months of site management and complete immersion over several weeks in a partner university in the Netherlands during the 1st year. The topics of company management and engineering firms are covered during the 2nd year of work-study. During the final year, apprentices follow the traditional framework with a 4 to 6-month end of studies placement in methods/price studies and a specialisation according to their host company: Building or Roads and Public Works.