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The thousand and one lives of the French engineer

The thousand and one lives of the French engineer

Managers, builders, fighters, traders, disruptors, start-ups … "Overloaded" are everywhere! Even where we do not expect them. The demand is much greater than the supply of technical schools.

France has no engineers. It is nevertheless the ideal job that offers work – regardless of the chosen path (preparation, after the baccalaureate, apprenticeship …).

By 2032, with the retirement of baby boomers and the many economic, environmental and technological changes that are taking place, at least 40,000 students should be trained each year instead of 33,000 today. "The world is already lacking engineers to feed and care for people all over the world, to ensure access to clean water, to build sustainable cities …", warned François Cansell, then president of the Conference of directors of French technical schools during the presidential election campaign, in February 2017.

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Young graduates do not know the crisis, who get a permanent contract from school – and sometimes even earlier! It is still necessary to convince high school students and students to choose these sometimes boring channels on paper. Technical schools are committed to negotiate the shift in new trends. Avoid limiting yourself to their specialty. Multiply hybrid courses.

A single vehicle conjugated in the plural

What is the actual or perceived impact of these initiatives? This is the supplement menu of the World Campus issued this week on the occasion of the Salon des Grandes Ecoles. He examines the thousand-and-one facets of this singular profession that is conjugated in the plural, the thousand-and-one life of the engineer. Manager, builder, traveler, hunter, barter, disruptor, start-upeur … The "ingested" are everywhere! Even where we do not necessarily expect them.

The health world offers them jobs with high added value, as much as no more than traditional sectors such as aviation, the automotive industry, robotics, chemistry, metallurgy … A CentraleSupélec, a quarter of the teacher researchers work in connection with biotechnology. The & # 39; industry of the future & # 39; seeks its men's orchestras to control the factories, to design, to build – sometimes to destroy, as in the nuclear industry. The "quants", these mathematicians trained at Polytechnique who are responsible for all the misery of the financial crisis of 2008, open new horizons in big data, artificial intelligence … Others prefer "Choose science for money"like this student at ESPCI, the high school for physics and industrial chemistry, six Nobel Prize winners.

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Industry: the permanent revolution

And then there is democratization going on, trying to fill the lack of candidates and the appetite of young people for these transactions. Today, 20% of those admitted to technical schools have a DUT or a BTS. In addition to their specialties (metallurgy, automotive, computer sciences …), the institutions emphasize the indisputable specificity of technical education: learning to learn.