Developping expertise in a professionnal setting
Arts et Métiers offers nine courses of study focused on a specialisation, which are accessible via apprenticeship training. With one foot in school and the other in the company, students benefit from a solid theoretical base while accumulating 18 months professional experience.
Becoming an Arts et Métiers engineer through apprenticeship training is the assurance of benefiting from quality academic training in General Engineering while making a professional debut within a company. "The level of theoretical training is equally high", according to Xavier Dufresne , Director of Initial Training at Arts et Métiers. Engineering students put their skills into practice on an ongoing basis in their host companies." The close relationship between the in-company tutor and the in-school tutor is at the heart of this dynamic: it validates the skills developed in a professional situation.
Profiles that are highly sought after by recruiters
This dual status of employee and student allows engineering students to enhance their technological culture in close proximity to the realities on the ground. General instruction is supplemented progressively by courses connected to the student's specialisation. The nine curricula taught at Arts et Métiers are designed to train engineers specialising in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, energy engineering, public works and risk prevention and management.
"These programmes match the expert knowledge of the campuses, which are defined as closely as possible to the needs of each territory", said Xavier Dufresne. "Engineering students therefore become stakeholders in company issues during the first year of training." The progressive nature of the assignments contributes to improving students' skills. Little by little they are required to take responsibility, manage a project or manage a team. "Thanks to the 18-month professional experience that they can emphasise, specialist engineers have profiles that are particularly popular with recruiters."
At the heart of the challenges of industry of the future
The training also provides at least two months' experience abroad, at a partner university or on behalf of a company. "In the latter case, the student may, for example, participate in an international development project", according to Xavier Dufresne. This exposure to both industrial and economic issues is now essential in engineering training.
Thanks to this very close association between theory and practice, the Specialist Engineering curriculum is now booming. Other sectors are likely to emerge soon, such as biomechanics and processes.
The five strong points of the specialist engineering curriculum
- Paid apprenticeship training
- Dynamic community life
- Double school/company tutoring
- The teaching expertise of Arts et Métiers
- Guaranteed professional integration