Becoming an engineer

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Last updated: 03-03-2015

The Diplôme d’Ingénieur programme at ENSG is a 3-year degree course that follows the completion of a 2-year classe préparatoire and selection via the concours competitive exams. Entry in Year 1 of the Ingénieur programme is therefore equivalent to starting the 3rd year of an undergraduate degree programme (in university semester 5), and direct entry to Year 2 of the programme is equivalent to entering the 1st year of a Masters programme (in university semester 7).

The School has established a curriculum, spread across the different semesters, which covers three areas of training designed to better equip you to carry out your future projects.

The curriculum consists of:

  • Scientific and technical training for engineers;
  • Observation, understanding and modelling of natural phenomena in the Geosphere;
  • Economics, management and communication.

The course curriculum is divided into two main phases of study:

  • 3 semesters of core courses
  • 3 semesters of specialised modules
Course curriculum (in french)

First Year

The first year comprises two semesters of compulsory core courses that provide all engineering students with the essential skills and knowledge that form the engineer’s scientific foundation:

  • General geosciences
  • Elementary mechanics
  • Applied mathematics and computing
  • Business and management training
  • Field courses

Second Year

Semester 7 continues the core curriculum of the first year.
From Semester 8, students take a series of specialised courses based on five themes of pre-specialisation:

  • Geotechnical and Civil Engineering
  • Water and Hydrological Systems
  • Ores and mineral resources
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Reservoirs

Students are also required to conduct a laboratory project and to attend a 2-week specialised field course. The semester ends with a 3-month industrial work-placement, either in France or overseas.

Third Year

From Semester 9 onwards, an advanced curriculum is taught through specialised courses that directly correspond to future career paths:

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Resources, land use and water management
  • Engineering and management of ores and mineral raw materials
  • Petroleum geosciences
  • Geomodelling and numerical geology
  • Reservoir engineering and hydrodynamics
  • Environmental science and technology
  • Geophysics (EOST)

Optional modules are also part of the syllabus and they aim at giving the students extra scientific and professional knowledge, particularly through a research project.
A common module for the IHR, GP and GN options taught by TOTAL industrialists in the shape of a field case will allow the students to apply their knowledge and competences onto a concrete project. It therefore shows the interaction of the skills required for the management of a hydrocarbon field.
The software MBal used during this field case is supplied by our partner Petroleum Experts.
It is part of a complete software pack by IPM of which we have been given 10 licenses amounting to 1 072 970 pounds.
The software ECLIPSE is supplied by Schlumberger.
The software Gocad is supplied by Paradigm.
The software Re-Studio is supplied by Amarile.
A number of option modules are also programmed that aim to provide students with additional courses in scientific and professional development. A research project is also conducted.

The Ingénieur programme culminates with a final degree-project undertaken during a 6-month industrial work-placement in France or abroad. The length of the placement can be shortened to 4 months for students looking to pursue scientific development.