Engineering Design and Management


The Design Engineering Minor introduces students to the methods and techniques involved in industrial design and development, whether it be the design of products, systems or new services.
Content of the Minor
In an economic environment where intensive innovation is a vital vector of competitiveness, industrial efficiency is largely determined by the satisfactory conduct of the design stages. Furthermore, the growing complexity of industrial products and the numerous constraints (economic, social and environmental) which weigh upon them, require a wide range of occupations and sometimes companies to be adequately coordinated, both rigorously and creatively.
Such constraints have prompted a profound renewal of the principles governing the organization and methodology of design (concurrent or simultaneous engineering, project-based organization, priority constraint design and distributed design). This process of renewal has gone hand in hand with significant development of assisted design techniques: computer-aided design (CAD, CAD/CAM), virtual reality, rapid prototyping and Taguchi experiment plans, etc. The design professions (marketing services, technical studies, industrialization services, etc.) have therefore tended to integrate their procedures. Lastly, better capitalization of technical skills is now developing in many companies (knowledge-based systems, formation of expert networks).
Design engineering therefore has at its disposal a range of theoretical bases, tools and procedures on which product managers, project managers and those in charge of research and development can increasingly rely.


The pedagogical aim of this Minor is to teach the students how to use these tools and procedures. Another aim is also to provide them with a sound knowledge of the industrial world and to stimulate their creativity and their capacity to intervene by involving them in real industrial projects.
The programme comprises two phases:
The teaching phase, lasting approximately five weeks, includes four modules:
1. Product theories: industrial history. Business games, development of industrial and consumer markets. The theory of decision-making according to multiple criteria and uncertainties.
2. Conduct of development projects: typology of projects and organization models. Planning tools. Economic piloting of projects.
3. Assisted design techniques: introduction to industrial design. CAD, CAD/CAM, prototyping and validation methods. “Product/production” integrated design.
4. Technical capitalization: experimental planning: modelling of expertise. Organization of technical services and technological strategies.
During this period, classes and practicals at the School alternate with specialized seminars in various companies; the students also receive guidance on bibliography and individual research.
The Minor internship during which students conduct a particular task from November to June, focusing on a real problem to be dealt with in a company. The activities concerned are very varied but the subjects, which are carefully selected, focus on issues linked to the Minor teaching courses.
Some recent examples:
- Study and evaluation of new techniques involving CAD, CAD/CAM and groupware in liaison with Dassault Aviation, Schlumberger and Arospatiale;
- development of new design procedures and the management of products with Renault Automobiles, Ellipse Animation and Degrmont;
- development of new products and services: Gnrale des Eaux, Jaeger, etc.
Throughout their Minor, the students are given substantial support from the faculty. It is a crucial time when the students can deepen their knowledge, acquire preliminary professional experience and extend their capacity for analysis and their creativity.
The design engineering Minor is particularly suitable for students who have a predilection for managing innovative industrial projects, a sound aptitude for technical and economic modelling and are highly sensitive to problems related to commercial development and teamwork.

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Pascal Le Masson
Benot Weil
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Friday March 1 2013