The objective of the process engineering program is to train graduates with solid experience in process engineering and capable of designing, implementing and operating chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and environmental processes in compliance with national regulations and safety procedures.

To enable graduates to achieve this goal, students must develop and acquire a set of skills designed as the ability to use professional and non-technical knowledge and skills in work situations that have been established in accordance with identified business needs.

The main areas in which graduates can be hired as production or development engineers in multinationals (small, medium or large) and institutions (production, research, quality assurance, trade) are:

  • Chemical area
  • Pharmaceutical area
  • Petrochemical and environmental area
  • Education

The training is done in two cycles: First cycle in preparatory class (two years) followed by a national competition to access the national schools, and a second cycle or specialties (three years), the training consists of 60% theoretical education and 40% practical education.

Learning outcomes of the Process Engineering course

A. Connaissance et compréhension des sciences et du génie des procédés de base

  1. Learning outcomes of the Process Engineering course
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the sciences (of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology) that support chemical engineering,
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic process engineering, including:

i. Create and read chemical process flow diagrams,

ii. Develop, apply and evaluate material and heat balances in the analysis of chemical or biological processes,

iii. Application of fluid mechanics in flow problems,

iv.. Application of thermodynamics in chemical equilibria and reactions to understand and solve energy problems,

v. Application of heat and mass transfer theory in the analysis of processes, such as heat exchangers and separation processes,

vi. Application of kinetic and reactor analysis to the design and performance evaluation of chemical and biochemical reactors,

vii. Describe and analyze the function of various unit operations found in the processing industries,

viii. Application of control theory in chemical process control and automation,

B. Résolution de problèmes

1. Solve models and apply these solutions to quantitatively solve defined process engineering problems using knowledge of engineering sciences and mathematics,

2. Identify, formulate, analyze and solve engineering problems.

C. Contexte social, environnemental et économique

1. Demonstrate knowledge of industrial health and safety issues and be able to propose and implement technologies and procedures to protect human health and safety,

2. Demonstrate an awareness of the need for environmental protection and the concept of sustainability and be able to suggest and implement technologies and procedures to protect the environment and achieve a sustainable lifestyle,

3. Demonstrate knowledge of typical legal requirements for personnel, processes, plants and products related to health, safety and environment,

4. Calculate and explain the economics of processes, facilities and projects,

5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the need for high ethical and professional standards and how they are applied to the problems faced by engineers

D. Conception technique

1. Perform separation process design (Extraction, Distillation, Filtration….).

2. Carry out the basic design of the processing system components and unit operations.

3. Design a complete process for the synthesis of a product with predefined specifications.

E. Compétences pratiques / transférables

Apply the following skills: Computer software, Communication, Working effectively as an individual, Working effectively in teams and multidisciplinary settings, Project management, Laboratory/experimental skills, Lifelong learning.

F. Travailler en tant qu'ingénieur dans la pratique

Demonstrate knowledge of the application of process engineering skills to a variety of jobs and work environments, Application of process engineering skills in a real work environment.

G. Compétences en recherche

Apply the following research skills: Literature review and knowledge acquisition, to identify the current state of the art in a particular research topic and to find knowledge and techniques useful in the implementation of a research project, Apply technical research statistics in particular, Experimental design and establishment of meaningful correlations, Conduct of experimental/quantitative research, Data analysis and interpretation, Communication of research results and conclusions, Research project management: planning, tasks, time, people and resources

H. Connaissances et compétences supplémentaires

1. Demonstrate an understanding of bio-processing knowledge, ability to deploy engineering methods to analyze and design respective units and systems in this field,

2. Demonstrate an understanding of knowledge in one of the specialized streams of pharmaceutical/food and bioprocessing/supply chain engineering and management, Ability to deploy engineering methods to analyze and design the respective units and systems in these areas,

3. Implement validation procedures and documentation,

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the business skills necessary to successfully market products and services in a market economy.

Curriculum content:

Pedagogical program to obtain the State Engineering Diploma in Process Engineering Option: Process Engineering

Semesters Teaching units (U.E) Material (s) coefficient
Semester 1 Fundamental Teaching Unit Thermodynamics 3
Kinetics 2
Quantity of motion transfer 3
Programming 2
Electrochemistry 2
Inorganic chemistry 2
Teaching Unit Methodology Drug Science 1
Microbiology 2
Transversal Teaching Unit English 1 1
Semester 2 Fundamental Teaching Unit Material transfer 3
Heat transfer and exchangers 3
Applied numerical methods 2
Physical chemistry of interfaces 2
Electrochemical methods and corrosion 2
Teaching Unit Methodology Chromatographic methods 2
Spectroscopic methods 2
Transversal Teaching Unit English 2 1
Discovery Teaching Unit Internship 1 1
Semesters Teaching units (U.E) Material (s) coefficient
Semester 3 Fundamental Teaching Unit 1 Ideal reactors 2
Distillation 2
Fundamental Teaching Unit 2 Physico-chemical processes for water treatment 3
Pharmaceutical Operations 3
Fundamental Teaching Unit 3 Porous and dispersed media 2
Macromolecules 2
Teaching Unit Methodology 1 Process regulation and control 2
Transversal Teaching Unit 1 Health and safety 1
Semestre 4 Fundamental Teaching Unit 1 Liquid-liquid extraction 2
Absorption 2
Adsorption 2
Fundamental Teaching Unit 2 Multiphase reactors 2
Wastewater treatment processes 2
Bioprocesses 1
Teaching Unit Methodology 1 Solid waste 1
Galenic pharmacy 1
Transversal Teaching Unit 1 Air pollution 1
Teaching Unit Discovery 1 Mini project 2
Internship 2 1
Semesters Teaching units (U.E) Material (s) coefficient
Semestre 5 Fundamental Teaching Unit 1 Process optimization 3
Process modeling 2
Fundamental Teaching Unit 2 Applied thermodynamics 3
Petrochemicals 2
Drying and crystallization 2
Teaching Unit Methodology Model planning and validation 2
Transversal Teaching Unit Study methodology and project management 1
Organization and management of companies 1
Semestre 6 End of study project 30

Pedagogical program of the complementary training in order to obtain the diploma of Master in Process Engineering

Semestre Material Hourly volume coefficient
S 3 Introduction to research 22H30 2
S 4 Macroscopic balances 22H30 2
S 5 Membrane separation techniques 22H30 2
S 6 Master’s thesis 132H30 4