50: Aeronautics :strong links with industry

When the UTC-Roberval Lab was created, back in 2000, by the merger of the LG2mS (Mechanical engineering and for Materials and Structures) and some other research units, it was placed under a joint hierarchy: UTC and the CNRS. So, what are key features of the Roberval research Lab? Firstly, we can cite the noteworthy, excellent reputation of the research scientists’ teams and the strong links they have built with a variety of industrial sectors.

50: Aeronautics :strong links with industry

Aeronautics: a ‘certified’ passion

A great many students choose to do engineering studies in order to work in the field of aeronautics, which is a passion for them. And it is an area with plenty of professional recruitment opportunities! UTC's aeronautical certification allows its graduates to valorize their skills on this attractive and promising market-place.

"I have always had a passion for aeronautics and aerospace activities" , explains Coraline Arzelier, a UTC student engineer majoring in Mechanical Engineering. "And, since I completed my CCs in mechanical engineering, I am now fully convinced that this is the field in which I want to work later". It was the very attractiveness of the field, with its ever increasing industrial demands that prompted UTC to instate an "aeronautics certification". "French aeronautics industries rank second in the world", states Patrice Simard, a lecturer-cum-research scientists in the UTC-Roberval Laboratory and in charge of this certification process. "It is therefore important to continue to offer a competitive level of training, because the demand is enormous in terms of needs for engineering qualifications". The future certification will be launched in Autumn 2019; and will match the demand.

"No supplementary training commitments will be requisite, but students' choice of course modules will be oriented to as to enable future graduates to valorize their UTC diploma and skills", adds Patrice Guillaume, also matriculated in the major Mechanical Engineering. He is sure of the outcome: "The certification will give me a better personal visibility and enable me to secure the job I want more easily".

The process will also help to attract highly motivated students like Coraline, to UTC, who adds "A lot of my university activates revolve round aeronautics; the certification will now allow me to demonstrate to possible recruiters that I do have experience and a relevant knowledge and skills base".Several well-known industrial companies have accepted to oversee and accompany this ambitious project: Ariane Group, le CNES (French space agency), Safran-Zodiac, etc. As Patrice details it - "We have the support of the local aero-club and we have a good working partnership with the aviation 'old wings' association Cercle des machines volantes, With our involvement in the "conservation plan for former aviation"; we are contributing actively to the regional aeronautics aggregate".


For UTC students registered for a double degree " this certification is also an excellent way to valorize skills acquired at Cranfield University (UK). Diane Nguyen, a UTC student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and for a double degree with Cranfield, immediately perceived the interest of this certification for a future career in the aeronautics sector.

"My personal training route at UTC, given the pluridisciplinary nature of the CCs, the sheer diversity of the projects we are assigned, the placement opportunities all enabled me to orient my professional aspirations towards aeronautics. I took part, to illustrate this, in the flightworthy reconstruction of the famous Latécoère 28 - [NdT 1927 Model flown in 1930 across South Atlantic by Jean Mermoz] , with the association aeronautics CCs in a partnership with the le Cercle des Machines Volantes association. Likewise, most of my project work was on aeronautical structures, such as fuselage vibration, wing profile studies ... and I also obtained my pilots license via the association UTCiel.

My double degree with Cranfield now allows me to specialize in the calculations and design needed for various aeronautical structures, with continued training on theoretical aspects (aerodynamics, composites, aircraft systems ...) all directly applicable to any internationally scaled aircraft industrial projects.My dream to work on and with aero planes came true recently when I was hired by Safran Aircraft Engines, as a design engineer working on the M88 jet engine that equips the French Rafale fighter.