Process Engineering


Process engineering is inspired by the methodology of chemical engineering, initially devised for the petrochemical industries (Principles of Chemical Engineering written at MIT marks its birth in 1923), and its specificity in the analysis of natural or industrial transformations: unitary operations, systems and appraisals, kinetic coupling of transformation and transport. Today it can be defined as the range of knowledge required for the design, implementation and optimization of physico-chemical and biological transformation of raw materials into functional products corresponding to socio-economic needs. Through its pluridisciplinary approach, process engineering brings solutions to the new challenges facing society such as the valorization of raw materials and waste, recycling processes, management of energy sources, the quality and reliability of manufactured products, the safety of installations and the protection of the environment.
Consequently, process engineering would seem to be a logical sequel to and a valorization of the skills of student engineers in such institutions as the cole des Mines de Paris in economics and the management of projects related to automatic control systems and thermodynamics. It can enable them to understand and possibly modify technological and organizational choices involved in the manufacturing process by reappraising them within their economic and environmental context.


The training provided by this Minor prepares the student engineer for duties in various sectors of the transformation industries such as oil and mineral chemistry, of course, but also cosmetics, agri-food, pharmacy, polymers, water treatment and processes for the environment, and even metals, glass, textiles, fibres, paper, cement, tyres, detergents, paint, composites and electronics. It will be noted that there are many international opportunities for companies in those sectors: the European Union ranks top worldwide in the chemical sector with 8 companies among the leading 13 through turnover. In France, the chemical industry recorded a 6% rise in turnover in 1997.
The opportunities which this Minor prepares students for in particular at the beginning of their career range from production and management to research and development, new products and new processes, while not forgetting engineering and the design and construction of production units. In the medium term, opportunities should evolve towards responsibility for units or sites and positions in central authorities.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Chakib Bouallou
Christophe Coquelet
Alain Gaunand
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Thursday March 28 2013