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60s. to describe a placement!

UTC is well-known for producing multi-facet, wide-ranging engineers. They can be top-notch technically or skilful managers, or a mix of both – this is largely due to the cursus structure, with its 6 elective majors and 24 optional specialties that opens the way to innumerable professional opportunities. That is why there is no stereotype profile for a UTC graduate … This month’s ‘dossier’ looks at this rich diversity and invites the students to tell us how they perceived their last placement, just before they are invited to their much-awaited UTC graduation ceremony? The following short stories, in a sense, help the future graduates to project themselves into a job context. We shall be able to follow their first steps. Twice a year, 1 000 industrial training officers, UTC’s pedagogical tutors and the trainees meet for the poster session day devoted to the placements. The students have 15 minutes each to valorise their experience!

60s. to describe a placement!

Mechanical System Engineering Sciences (UTC-GSM)

 

Christophe

specialty: Integrated mechanical engineering design

Placement descriptor: damage studies for a 'lunambule'

What exactly is a lunambule? It is a rather obscure technical term for a plastic insert inside a hydraulic motor. For 6 months, Christophe was focused on this part for his placement with Poclain Hydraulics. How does the lunambule behave in water or when heated? Tests were conducted on special rigs to reproduce damage. The science applicable here is called tribology (friction) and you simply must use digital models to calculate possible effects.

 

Simon,

Christophe's industrial supervisor:

"this is a purely R&D job, where the trainees must display self-reliance and polyvalent skills. They have to seek solutions, test configurations, propose models ... it's a very "full" job. Hence the prospects to be promoted once the placement is over".

 

Guy

specialty: Integrated production and logistics

Placement descriptor: Production engineer

Guy, who is in his early thirties, is the oldest student of his intake. He followed the course via the continuous education scheme. From cars at Renault, he moved to luxury model catamarans at the Construction navale de Bordeaux (CNB). His mission consists of analysing, sequencing and reorganizing the operator tasks (subdividing them into micro tasks) to avoid bottleneck situations, since every profession intervenes directly on the boat under construction. Who does what? At what moment precisely? With what equipment? .....these are the sort of questions that Guy thought about for each branch (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, chandlers). What is the final aim? To optimise and organise better site productivity.

 

Régis,

line manager for Construction navale Bordeaux (CNB)

There really is nothing similar in building a car and building a boat. Work in the latter case is far more artisanal and the workers are free to organize the way they assemble the parts. If something goes wrong, it's up to the site operator to decide what the alternate solution to solving the problem is. It is also a piece of new information that must be taken into account when you implement a site data management process. That information, once analysed, will help the operator to organize the work better. The big mistake you can make, however - and must avoid - is to show off some sort of superiority here. The technicians' artisan skills are vital ingredients to ensure final assembly success."

 

Charles

specialty: Modelling - optimisation of products and structures

Placement descriptor: simulation of textile reinforcement for Hutchison pressure hose-pipes.

We all remember the famous question by Michel Chevalet "How does it work?" In reverse, Charles questions "how does it puncture? And to answer this he simulates hose-pipes undergoing usual engine stresses. Adding the associate vibrations too. These test enabled a demonstration of the crucial importance of the line-up of the textile weave.

 

Cyril

specialty: Integrated mechanical design

Placement descriptor: R&D engineer assigned the mission of fitting a head-light cleaner on a vehicle's front bumper (AML Systems)

The head-light cleaner (fixed or telescopic) cleans, as the word indicates, a vehicles' head-lights. The result is better visibility ahead for the driver and an attenuation of the light beam dispersal that can blind drivers coming the other way. This is particularly true for vehicles fitted with xenon light-bulbs. Cyril's assignment for AML Systems was to decide how best to install the fitting so as to be the most discrete and the most efficient. What attachments should be envisaged for acrylic head-lights? What test rig should be built for certification? What plastic parts should be integrated? Every vehicle is 'special' and it must be possible to adapt the head-light cleaner mount. In this instance, the well-known Catia V5 CAD proved indispensable.

 

Jean-Louis,

a member of the advanced studies project team at AML Systems and Cyril's supervisor:

"This project for a head-light cleaner is quite a tough assignment. But it leads on to a better understanding of engine environment and internal struts. When we consider "lighting" issues, we see that in terms of required skills the question is just as sensitive in China as it is in Europe - and this opens up some sizeable prospects".aire est essentiel. "