Graduate engineers from École des Ponts ParisTech are recognised by companies for their strong scientific skills combined with an ability to put their knowledge and plans into practical application.
Developing skills in 4 important areas
High-level scientific and technical training: the ability to understand and implement conceptual, mathematical or digital modelling approaches, whilst being able to critically assess the results of a model, is one of the fundamentals of the engineer’s role and is instilled through training at the School.
Project and field based training: From their very first year, students jointly or individually develop a wide range of projects increasingly related to the engineer’s real-world role. For students who enrol in the 1st year, the curriculum will be punctuated by four laboratory and company-based placements.
Managerial, human and social skills: the humanities and social sciences are an integral part of the curriculum from the first year onwards, giving students a knowledge of the world and an ability to understand societal issues. A strong familiarity with the corporate world is developed through classes, internships and projects.
The ability to work in a team and internationally: with 20% of teaching time dedicated to languages, international placements and contact with numerous foreign students, student engineers are well prepared for work in a multicultural context.
“I joined the School through the common examination. What I liked were the year groups, which are human in scale. We are also listened to more and supported in all the projects we develop. I plan to join the Civil Engineering and Construction Department and to follow the combined structural engineering programme, which is almost the only course of its kind in France. Alongside my studies, I am also involved in voluntary activities and sports, which are very extensive at the School. That was another important factor in my choice. I belong to the Students’ Union, take part in the various sports weekends and continue to play rugby.” Clément Davy, 2013 year group
A three-year course
An engineering course last three years: a first year of core studies and two years of specialisation (Masters programme). Some students go directly into the second year or into a specific programme: this is called integrated further training.
A job leaving the School
After your course, there is a wide range of employment sectors available to young graduates: the transition from graduation to employment is particularly smooth. Almost 70% of graduates have already found their first job before leaving the School, essentially through their company placement or end of course project.