The civil engineering and construction sector is one of the key sectors in the world economy.
In this era of globalization, engineers are at the forefront of today’s challenges: innovation, risk management, sustainable development …
Companies in the sector need managers capable of replying to the technical, social, economic and environmental requirements imposed by construction.
This objective is at the heart of ESITC Caen’s vocation.
The total turnover generated by the Civil engineering and Construction industry is 203 billion euros, 33 billion of which comes from contracts abroad.
According to an annual study published by the Deloitte consulting company, France was top in the 2013 ranking of countries, with 4 French groups among the major players in the European construction industry (Vinci, Eiffage, Bouygues and Colas). France also has almost 300,000 smaller companies in the business (SMEs, independent traders and local businesses).
The construction industry employs 1.5 million workers, a figure which represents 1/3 of all industry employees, 78% of whom work in building construction and 22 in civil engineering.
Sources: Figures from FFB & FNTP 2012, UCF/CCA-BTP
The close link between the school and companies is seen through the presence of industrial partners in various school committees: the administrative board, entrance examination juries and other boards governing exams and diplomas.
We see collaboration with companies as an essential part of ESITC Caen’s learning approach. A majority of the members of the Professional Development Board are industrialists and contribute to the elaboration and development of training program content.
Many industry professionals also take an active role in teaching. They share their knowledge, in tune with the latest standards, regulations and practices. They also help to forge ties between the school and the professional world through their testimonies and experience, the key to ensuring success for future engineers.
The work placements offered by companies give each internship student and apprentice the chance to gain real professional experience.
Companies also invest in the school by sponsoring year groups and activities, making social donations and by participating in the school’s events (Forum, Tremplin, etc.)
The results of the 1st job survey carried out in January 2014 at the Grandes Ecoles Conference (CGE) on 100 graduates from the 2013 year group confirms the level of employability for young engineers from ESITC Caen.
Since its creation in 1993, ESITC Caen has always obtained a higher level of employability than the national average for engineering schools in France.
ESITC Caen trains highly competitive engineers for the construction industry, both in France and abroad, Buildings, roads, networks, bridges, tunnels, maritime constructions… These managers, all multi-skilled and pragmatic, are present at all stages of projects from the design phase up to the final stages of construction. They participate in improving our quality of living.
Here are some examples of industry professions:
A Construction Manager is present in the field and responsible for the operational coordination of one or several worksites. This person organises work, manages teams and ensures the respect of deadlines, safety and quality. The job involves checking each stage of work at a site from the preparation stage right up to the client’s acceptance of works. Watch the video.(In French)
Design Engineer / Structures Engineer
A Design Engineer designs a facility and follows its construction. The job includes making calculations, defining the metal and concrete structures necessary for the solidity of a building or civil works, assessing the needs in terms of equipment and manpower on a worksite as well as fixing schedules, all in respect of regulatory standards (quality, safety, environment). Watch the video. (In French)
As part of the commercial functions of this job, this engineer ensures the interface between the client, operations and suppliers. He/she prospects, manages negotiations and ensures that every stage of a project runs smoothly.
A QHSE engineer is in charge of designing and rolling out the company’s policy relating to quality, hygiene, safety and conditions at work. He/she can also work within the framework of a quality certification project.
Company executive officer
Students aiming to create or take over a company can take the 'Entrepreneurship and innovation' option in their final year of studies. They can also obtain a dual engineer-manager degree from ESITC Caen-IAE.