The purpose is to train future technical leaders and researchers for all aspects of the aerospace industry from major constructors like SAFRAN and Airbus, to component suppliers. A special attention is paid to make students aware of codes, languages and common practice in the industry. Furthermore, this industry is intrinsically transnational, with numerous opportunities to work abroad with connections to France or to work in France with connections to other countries. So the students are given the opportunity to develop international/intercultural skills.
It is to notice that the aerospace industry is subjected to long-term cycles. A « design » dominated stage with ambitious projects (A380, A350, A400M, EC 175, LEAP,…) is ending, while a « production » dominated stage is starting for the next decade. The problematic is thus moving from the design of large complex systems to the continuous optimization of components, taking into account manufacturing and maintainability constraints, in particular with the increasing implementation of composite materials. The provided training is supporting such a change.
More specifically, the M2 option « Aerospace Propulsion (PAS) » is focusing on the design process of an aircraft or a rocket engine. The M2 option « Dynamics and Durability of Composites (DDC) » is focused on the material and structure aspects of aeronautics and space. Lightweight design is one of the red lines of the training. Both the “Propulsion” and the “Materials and Structures” options are providing a practical understanding of all aspects of the industry, from design to manufacture and maintenance. Graduates should drive components redesign, for optimization for new purposes or for adaptation to new production processes or maintenance procedures. The DDC curriculum is also based on an original pedagogy based on learning by doing. A large part of the training will be devoted to design of new structures, their manufacturing and their testing (mechanical, thermal, dynamical, acoustical,…).
The master of Aerospace Engineering will be delivered within a multicultural and multi-disciplinary educational environment. Also, it should be noticed that the industrial participation from either large companies of the sector or suppliers will be very high. The industrial contribution will be through a direct participation to lectures, through provided cases studies, seminars but also through long training periods. The professional perspectives in the industry are then expected to be very high.
It is expected that one third of graduates will pursue PhD studies in an academic or industrial research laboratory. Two third will enter major constructors and component suppliers, as well as aerospace engineering consulting companies.
Scientific and Technological Infrastructure
The LMFA develops a fundamental and applied research in the fields of transports (aeronautics, spacial, land-based and environmental impact), internal aerodynamics, polyphasic flows, urban pollution, acoustics and turbomachinery.
Director: Philippe BLANC-BENON
The LTDS is a multidisciplinary laboratory that leads and supports the development of research, guides, experiments, models, conducts simulations in tribology, materials and processes mechanics, structures and systems dynamics, geomaterials and geoenvironment.
Director: Fabrice THOUVEREZ
The ICJ is designed for research in pure and applied mathematics.
Director: Sylvie BENZONI-GAVAGE
The Ampère Laboratory is designed for managing and using rationally energy in systems in relation with their environment (electrical engineering, electromagnetic engineering, control systems, environmental microbiology).
Responsible for the branch Ecole Centrale de Lyon: Christian VOLLAIRE