L'association des anciens

Témoignages

Angélique, qualification year 2004, responsible for Fusion Process in the Arc International Cookware / Pyrex Company at Châteauroux. Sphere of activity: historical glassmaking of borosilicate glass

Coming from DUT chemistry, I entered the ENSCI in the first year, driven by the desire to study at a technical engineering school. Why the ENSCI? Because it goes hand in hand with industry! In addition to an essential theoretical part, the ENSCI also plunges you into industrial practice and realities. You don’t stop with the notions of concept; you really do have the process on hand, from the most traditional techniques which enable you to understand the major notions of ceramics to the most sophisticated techniques enabling you to go to the very heart of technology.

Why the ENSCI? Because ceramics are not limited to plates, tiles and bathroom appliances. Ceramics, by definition, group together all inorganic materials that have no metal properties. The field of application which opens in front of you seems to be virtually infinite.

Why the ENSCI? Because this school is extremely diversified. In addition to extremely extensive sectors (aeronautics, electronics, tiles, glassmaking, medical, etc…), when you leave, you are able to fit into a variety of different jobs (R and D, production, process, quality, etc…).

Why the ENSCI? Because it is the only school in France that can train you in professions as specific as glassmaking and ceramics. .

Why the ENSCI? Because it gives you a chance to succeed whatever your initial training. Prépa, HAD, BTS… Chemist, Physicist, Generalist… No matter, the only thing that matters is your motivation and your will to succeed, and for this purpose, you will be offered refresher courses at the beginning of the studies according to where you have come from in order to give everyone a chance.

Via this training, I have been able to discover a sector of industry I love. The world of glass-making can only count on the participation of a few thousands of players in France, so this trade is not very well known to the “general public” because not very many people work in it. It is the discovery of this kind of industry that the ENSCI can offer you.

Karen, qualification year 2004, Technical Support Engineer, Saint-Gobain FORMULA Company Sphere of activity: Refractory coating in the field of precision foundry. Paris

After a Ceramics BTS in Vierzon, I came to the ENSCI in 2001; it was a logical choice after my training. For me the ENSCI is a big family, technology, tradition and expertise. This school gave me a complete training as an engineer, following my training as a technician. This enabled me to access the field of technical ceramics whereas the BTS would have confined me to traditional ceramics.

ENSCI engineers are different from engineers from other schools because they specialise in the field of ceramics and glass but also of hydraulic binders. The other schools seem to me to be more generalised whereas industrialists seek specialists.

Lastly, in addition to its specialisation, the school tackles very diverse subjects and is open to varied spheres of activities. Its new course prepares the student very well for industry. Its asset? Many links with the industrial world and many international contacts.

Matthieu, qualification year 2001, Research engineer Natural Energy Institute, Hawaii Sphere of activity: lithium batteries/ hybrid vehicles.

I entered the ENSCI in 1998 following a DUT in Physical Measurements, Physico-Chemical Materials and Controls option. I had chosen the ENSCI out of interest in materials in general, from their extraction to their shaping… the ENSCI represented a good opportunity of seeing and understanding all the stages.

For me, the ENSCI makes it possible to discover the extent of ceramic applications. It gave me know-how, a new way of seeing ceramics and their applications and a great deal of knowledge.

Being an ENSCI engineer is also knowing how to export a process from the laboratory to a larger scale by choosing the right methods.

A last piece of advice? Just try it, you’ll be surprised!

Pascal, qualification year 1994, technical-commercial representative at Nabertherm in Saint Pal de Mons. Sphere of activity: industrial furnaces

I came to the ENSCI after a technological preparatory class. I had chosen this school after an excellent presentation by Denis, a former student, which made me want to devote myself to ceramic materials.

The ENSCI is for me a crucible, a family, a methodology, tools and adaptability.

The ENSCI first of all taught me how to learn to acquire a methodology for solving problems and knowledge to understand customer problems.

The ENSCI trains specialists : we are by far the best trained to solve questions associated with production, shaping, firing etc…

Studying at the ENSCI is learning how to be pragmatic and rigorous and at the same time have the curiosity of the pioneer. This is a precious asset not only for the professional career but also for personal life.

In recent years, the ENSCI has been able to keep close to basic realities such as sustainable development and renewable energies and other waste treatments keeping a cool head so as not to follow rapid developments just because of current fashion. The school is a subtle mixture of modernism and tradition.

Today it is in pole position as regards research. In addition to the indisputable quality of the researchers, it is proof that ceramics is the response to new energy and environmental problems. By choosing the ENSCI you choose to become the directors of these solutions at the industrial scale in the years to come.

Philippe, qualification year 1985, University lecturer, ICGM UMR 5253, University of Montpellier II, Montpellier Sphere of activity: teaching and research

I entered the ENSCI in the 2nd year following a Master’s in Physics (solid-state Physics) at the university Paul Sabatier in Toulouse.

For me, the ENSCI is the only school which is strongly directed towards ceramic materials. It offers recognised engineering training in the field of materials and retains an original positioning in a highly competitive sector.

Don’t focus on school classifications, but rather look at the sectors of employment that are accessible thanks to this training.

Romain, qualification year 2005, business engineer & after sales service, Anhydro France, Mantes la Ville (78)  Sphere of activity: manufacture of industrial spray drying towers

Before coming to the ENSCI, I followed a CPGE training, PSI speciality, in Evreux (27). It is my curiosity for processes, the practical side (workshop and laboratories) of the training which encouraged me to choose this school.

The ENSCI for me means Happiness! Innovation and revelation of my skills. .

It brought me knowledge, maturity, excellent skills and the discovery of a new family… the ENSCIens.

The ENSCI engineer is prepared, by his hands-on training, for the difficulties of the workplace. Engineers from other schools are too theoretical and scholastic (at the beginning of their career). This is what makes the difference.

The future is in ceramics, products of yesterday and innovations of tomorrow!

Zorica, qualification year 2000, Technico-Commercial Engineer (Essilor- Paris)

School for boys, a traditional school… not just that… Being a young woman trained at the ENSCI enabled me to enter a large French company, and best of all for an engineer, to become a technical-commercial engineer in a cutting-edge sector… The will to succeed where I’m not necessarily expected, my capacity to adapt quickly to new environments, my taste for contacts and my analytical mind, I owe them to the ENSCI, to my teachers and with the support of former students. There are many facets to ceramics, there are many professional opportunities awaiting us when we leave, proof that the best schools for engineers are not inevitably in Paris…

Céline and Arnaud, qualification years 1995 and 1997, company directors of CERLASE, Limoges.

In 1998 we created the CERLASE Company, specialised in the study and development of Laser / Material interactions. The growth in our various activities led us to set up on the site of ESTER Technopole with its high scientific potential, internationally recognised. The concretisation of our professional project finds its expression in our investment at CERLASE. So if you are really motivated, what a lot of companies can be created from training to be an ENSCI engineer!

Olivier, qualification year 1985, Production Manager (Saint-Gobain, Le Pontet)

After a doctorate in the science of materials and my engineering diploma, I went to work in a SME in the field of electronic components where I was in charge of development. This very formative experience enabled me to be very close to all the functions of the company (production, quality, technical management). 3 years later, I joined the Saint-Gobain group. This work took me to the Czech Republic where, for 5 years, I had the mission of developing the establishment of technical ceramics production. Now back in France, I am responsible for the production of micro grinding ceramic beads: a new field to be discovered, which I find rather pleasing. My training at the ENSCI? To be concrete and realistic: ceramics is a field where you continuously call yourself into question and must be pragmatic.

Pascal, qualification year 1989, Engineer-Researcher/ Senior Expert at the AEC, Atomic Energy Commission, Saint Paul lez Durance. Sphere of activity: Nuclear Energy

I came to the ENSCI following a Master’s in Chemistry of Materials Sciences and Technology. I chose the ENSCI because, in the 1980s, there was an extraordinary revival on these materials with the arrival of new ceramics: superconductive ceramics, ceramics for thermo mechanical application, ceramics for space applications (at the time, there was to be the European shuttle HERMES), ceramics for applications to composite materials.

The ENSCI is for me Ceramics, Materials, Competence, Research, and especially two full and extraordinary years (I entered in the 2nd year).

The ENSCI is training that is unique in France in Ceramic Materials, top quality teaching in Sciences of Materials with Professors and Researchers who love their work, a transmission of their passion (I became a researcher), real training in the work of the engineer, a team spirit, training to share and work jointly, real friends.

The knowledge of ceramic materials is taught in France only by the ENSCI. In my professional career, I have met engineers from other training schemes working in the field of ceramics. None had the level of overall knowledge in the field of ceramic materials acquired at the ENSCI.

The ENSCI has been able to keep its specificities in the field of ceramics even if more and more schools for engineers propose 3rd year specialisations in this field. I have had occasion to receive ENSCI engineers directly within the framework of research subjects, and I have been able to see their level of excellence in the field of ceramics but also their reactivity and their inventiveness.

If you have a passion for ceramic materials, for their production or their development, there is only one school to apply to: the ENSCI.

Adeline, qualification year 2006, Coordinator Quality Group, RAZEL Company, Orsay (91).  Sphere of activity: Public works

I came to the ENSCI following a preparatory class, physics-chemistry option. I had chosen it for its specialisation. At the time I did not want to go to a general engineering school where I would have had the impression of learning everything but not really a profession. But above all, ceramics represent the future! Then I decided that I too should go forward. Not forgetting that the school gave us the opportunity of carrying out part of our course abroad, and for me that was very important.

The ENSCI represents for me “COHESION” within the year, “SUPPORT” of the teachers, “LEARNING ” with a more and more specialised three year course and the choice of our career direction thanks to the options, the “WELL-BEING ” of Limoges, it is not so bad looking back! And… the essential “CHOUILLES night outs” on Thursday evenings. What a lot of good times spent among friends, with the teachers sometimes.

The ENSCI, via the group projects and the training courses all through the course, gave me a certainprofessionnalism. Indeed, when you are employed for the first time, you don’t know everything but I never felt incompetent and that is very reassuring. Not forgetting that, even when we have left the walls of the school, the teachers are always available for us. An e-mail, a phone call and they answer our questions. I would quote for example our dear Mr. Visomblin, Mrs. and Mr. Smith, Mr. Gaillard and obviously Mr. Louvet with whom I am still in contact. I think that this is what makes the strength of the ENSCI. It is not a large school by its size, but it provides a certain comfort.

The ENSCI also taught me group work, which is essential in professional life. It taught me altruism and that too is a very important factor in everyday life.

Lastly, I must say that more than know-how which in my post-ENSCI career is no longer part of my everyday life, this school gave me a way of doing: rigour, a sense of organisation, a sense of priorities and a spirit of synthesis.

A last word on the school? : « The’ENSCI ! The masters of fire ! »

Cyril, qualification year 2000, R&D project leader, Saint-Gobain CREE, Cavaillon

Sphere of activity: Refractory Materials for the glass-making industry

I entered the ENSCI after obtaining my DUT in Physical Measurements in Limoges. My choice had been directed by my taste for materials, the reputation of the school and its well developed network of former students and because I wanted to remain in the Limousin region.

The ENSCI is above all pragmatism, a school of human dimensions, strong relationships with industry, a network… The diploma I obtained is well recognised in the professional world and my integration into the industrial world after I left was immediate thanks to my training and the network of former students.

Today the ENSCI is well established in the modern world, it is a school which has the sense of the concrete, of industrial reality. The evolution of the school is good and the move to the ESTER site in 2009 will be an added advantage.

Lastly, I would say to future students and future engineers that the industrial world is not an obsolete world. We need researchers and producers. Don’t hesitate to go against the flow of global trends.

Albane, 1998, in charge of Satellite Control Stations projects, Astrium Services Ltd (British branch of EADS space services)

Before entering the ENSCI, I had done a Math Sup/Math Speciality preparatory class (Physics and Chemistry).

Originally, I wanted to go to the Polytechnique and enter the Army, but 2 years of preparatory classes had been enough for me: I did not want to do 5/2 to arrive there. Among the schools I could go to after the competitive exams in 3/2, I was particularly attracted by the industrial ones: textiles, BTP, ceramics… But finally, my choice to come to the ENSCI was sentimental: many years ago, my grandfather was a gymnastics instructor in Sevres and trained, among others, young people from the Manufacture and the School.

The ENSCI in 5 words? Just 4: work hard, play hard.

Because of the variety of materials and complexity of ceramic processes, I tackled at the ENSCI all the physical and chemical fields. As a student, I specialised in building materials and I often thought that the electronics or data processing courses were without much interest. However, these varied technical skills enabled me without difficulty to make the transition from tiles and bricks to space flight and hardware and software for satellite control centres.

What is more, because of its industrial vocation, the ENSCI prepared me very well for the challenges I meet daily: management of teams, means of production, projects, engineering of complex industrial systems…

In my eyes, it is this practical and pragmatic competence which differentiates the ENSCI engineer from those from other training schemes. In addition to the theoretical knowledge essential for engineers, the ENSCI develops an ability to apply them to industrial reality.

In addition to the teaching, the convivial, family side of the ENSCI is a key aspect. Although year groups are much larger than 10 years ago, the school still has human dimensions, which makes it possible for students to develop their personality and their passions at their own pace. When they leave the school, the young engineers consequently have more confidence and talents which give life to their young CVs.

This year, 2008, I returned to the ENSCI for the first time for 10 years and I was very impressed by the change. The level of entrance, the equipment, the teaching structure (in particular, the importance given to industrial training courses), even the quality of attractions at the Official reception, everything went off at higher speed. Consequently, the students know they are very good engineers and are ready to apply for jobs in industries other than ceramics.

However, the ENSCI remains a family, a network, and the school’s specialisation on ceramics continues to make its strength. The Ensciens can easily adapt to other environments, but I did not meet any non ceramist engineers able to master the art of earth and fire.

To sum up, I would recommend the ENSCI to whoever wishes to become in 3 years a complete engineer, armed with very varied knowledge, firmly anchored in industry, ceramics or not.