Nuclear Engineering


Objectives

The nuclear industry in France is a very significant, stable field of activity. It employs approximately 15,000 engineers, many of whom are graduates from the grandes coles. The scale of recruitment is near to 500 engineers per year and will remain so in coming years in view of the position that the nuclear programme enjoys in the national economy.
In fact, electricity produced from nuclear energy accounts today for over 75% of national production and the network of power stations that provides such production is a major investment which ensures that the cost of electricity is among the lowest in Europe. Maintenance of this network, together with improvements that are regularly made to its facilities and preparation for their replacement, make up a range of activities that require the endeavours of very highly skilled teams in industry and in research centres.
The cycle of fuel supplying the network of reactors, from the extraction stage to the processing of waste, also involves highly complex industrial installations.
This field of activity therefore involves a significant number of surveys drawing upon major traditional disciplines such as materials, mechanics, thermal engineering and chemical engineering, etc., as well as more specific knowledge of radioactivity and neutronics. This diversity lends a very broad scope to preparation through this Minor which is well adapted for fields of activity other than the nuclear domain, particularly complex process engineering.

Content

A distinctive feature of this Minor is the insertion of students in teams of strongly motivated engineers with considerable experience of student supervision.
The Minor subjects proposed are varied and the choice is made jointly with the student according to his personal focus and specific preferences.
In the conduct of the Minor, ample scope is available for the individual initiative of the student who is free to organize his work and thereby highlight his personality. Experience acquired in this way often proves very useful not only in technical but also in human terms as it enables the student to face the practical problems of professional life, personal contacts, participation in working meetings, seeking information and coordination within a team.
Students can work either individually or in pairs. The latter solution offers an opportunity of choosing more extensive subjects and, in some instances, facilitating insertion within a host team. Generally speaking, the work is undertaken throughout the third year in the same team, on the same subject or on a different theme. This continuity enables the student to extend his knowledge of industrial situations while performing a more interesting task in technical terms. Throughout the period, work related to the Minor is supervised by an engineer in the host team and monitored by a person in direct contact with the professor in charge of the Minor.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Nol Camarcat
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Sunday December 12 2010