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Advanced Master

In short

  • Course duration : 1 year
  • Full-time study
  • Recruitment criteria : candidates must be in their final year of engineering school in civil engineering, mechanics or construction technology

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Course offered in collaboration with the CHEC (Centre for Higher Studies in Construction). Classes are held mainly in Paris on the CHEC premises

GENERAL PRESENTATION

This CHEC/ENSTIB course brings students the in-depth knowledge and know-how to fulfill construction companies’ needs for top-level engineers. The teaching methods are corporate-oriented and the faculty is comprised of professionally active engineers and senior executives.

AIMS

To train high-level specialists to be immediately operational in the design and dimensioning of major works built for a large part in wood (apartment buildings, engineering structures, tertiary buildings, sports halls etc).

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates are operational immediately and can take charge of highly technical work in companies and engineering offices when straight out of school. There are more job offers than graduates for each class and a permanent demand in high responsibility positions at all stages of construction both nationally and internationally.

ENSTIB and CHEC alumni publish a directory and provide a career path service.

ORGANIZATION

The programme is organized in 2 phases. The first phase, starting on the first Monday of September and ending in June of the following year, entails nearly 900 teaching hours. Between May and the end of June, students carry out a ‘project’ (from design to calculation). This significant one-month task comprises individual work, in addition to supervised sessions and is validated by an oral presentation on CHEC premises. The second phase consists in personal work within a company mission framework, leading to the oral presentation of a thesis. This phase lasts at least 4 months and the presentation takes place in Epinal mid-December.

Programme

COMMON CORE CURRICULUM

13 ECTS
234h

THEORY

  • Materials solidity
  • Finished parts modelling
  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural instability
  • Project tools
  • Fissure rupture

10 ECTS
183h

STRUCTURE DIMENSIONING

  • Calculating actions on structures
  • Metal structure instability
  • Plasticity calculation
  • Steel components design and assembly
  • Post bases
  • Eurocode 3
  • Seismic engineering
  • Multi-material structures

7 ECTS
138h

HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Construction history and architecture
  • Eco construction
  • Construction law
  • Technical English
  • Regulations and norms

WOOD SPECIALIZATION

15 ECTS
339h

WOOD STRUCTURE DESIGN

  • High-rise buildings
  • Enclosing and covering
  • Mechanical and physical properties of wood
  • Design and behaviour of structures
  • Wooden building systems
  • Wood dimensioning regulations

15 ECTS
300h

Projects

  • Design and dimensioning of a building

Internship

30 ECTS
4 months minimum

Internship

Engineering offices

  • Design studies
  • Implementation studies
  • Specific development

THE CENTRE FOR HIGHER STUDIES IN CONSTRUCTION

The CHEC was founded in 1957 by the Building and Civil Engineering federations with a view to enabling young graduates to gain the necessary skills to carry out a construction projet and to be prepared for actual real-life work, even designing highly technical structures.

It is a private, state-accredited, higher technological education institue and has trained approximately 5,000 engineers including some 1,000 foreign students from over 60 countries.

Find out more on www.chec.fr

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Romain Munsch

Promotion 2015

After my engineering course at ENSTIB between 2011 and 2014, I did an advanced master’s year in 2015. I was offered a contract straight out of school.

Now I work for Khepren Engineering, an engineering and design office that promotes mixed materials (the right material for the right place). I’m their wood design specialist.

The training I received, first in ENSTIB and then in the advanced master course, was just perfect.

The training I received, first in ENSTIB and then in the advanced master’s course, was just perfect. ENSTIB gave me a thorough overview of wood as a material and the advanced master’s course gave me the in-depth knowledge of materials solidity as well as an insight into other building materials.

I have really good memories of the clubs and societies, particularly Avenir Bois, which let me carry on working wood with my hands and handle the management of a project with a great team.

Thibault BENISTAND

Promotion 2015

I didn’t really have to look for a job afterwards, because I already had several offers and ideas to follow up even before the end of the school year

I took the advanced master course between 2014 and 2015 and I didn’t really have to look for a job afterwards, because I already had several offers and ideas to follow up even before the end of the school year.

Now I’m doing a PhD at the LERMAB Laboratory in the University of Lorraine. Ther’s no direct link between my former training course and and my PhD, but having worked for a year between the two, I can confirm that the advanced master course is perfectly in line with structural engineer positions in design offices.

I did my engineer course via an apprenticeship with the Higher national school of technology and engineering in Alès and the course undeniably offers young engineers a formidable opportunity to work on major projects, such as the MIRAMAS stadium or high-rise wooden buildings…

I fondly remember my end-of-year project with 4 colleagues, where we had to dimension a large building!