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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 Engineering (UTC-GM)

 

Thibault

specialty: Acoustics and industrial vibration

Placement descriptor: vibro-acoustic modelling for engine components and hydraulic pumps

Work environment? An office, ultra-powerful computers (for modelling). How do component parts react under vibration conditions? What models should we build to understand noise sources? And how do you abate noise? These are non-simple questions in a field that has become increasingly competitive. But 'pure' modelling (without any manipulation) is frustrating for Thibault, hence the pleasure he took in making tests in an anechoic room, where sound source emissions are totally absorbed by the walls. What stiffeners should be interested between the parts? What parts contribute to noise emission? Various options are open and investigated.

 

Sébastien

advanced R&D research

an expert in hydraulic and vibro-acoustics at Poclain Hydraulics, and Thibault's industrial supervisor:

Studying vibro-acoustics is fairly recent Poclain Hydraulics, whose area of business covers agriculture, building sectors and public works. But, until recently also, the solutions came from hybrid use of digital models and live tests. There was no immediate satisfactory answer. The interest of Thibault's position is to be able to develop one's reasoning powers while carrying out the research assignment.

 

Antoine

specialty: Management of Innovative Projects (MPI)

Placement descriptor: Programme and project manager

The A350 is the latest Airbus Consortium aircraft and is being industrialized currently. For his 6 months' placement, Antoine was invited to think hard about the "ramp up" process, i.e., the way production is accelerated with increased work-loads on teams and machines. How, for example, can we make sure the suppliers will follow suit to the acceleration? "Coordination, programming and communication are the three key factors", explains Antoine. "The base-line for success here is to understand the flow patterns". So, what is the interest in having such a set-up, on an international scale? "The multi-cultural essence of the teams implies that you are constantly confronted with multiple approaches and analyses by colleagues.

 

Pierre

specialty: Material and technological innovation

Placement descriptor: to prepare and present a fusion welding process

The magic of the object operated on him. The 'object' - an aircraft; 'him' - Pierre. His assignment was to concentrate on a 'historic' profession in aircraft assembly: welding. What is the part? A rigid, articulated pipe, and the idea is to make the weld process automatic. So, with the help of some mathematics and his knowledge of material resistance engineering, Pierre is seeking to demonstrate that the welding process can be automated to ensure productivity gains, with 'repeatability' (as at Zodiac Aerospace). What is the challenge? To understand material deformation.