Materials Engineering IMAT

Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering : master the matter!


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The Toulouse INP-ENSIACET "Materials Engineering" major aims to train engineers that can act in the development and optimization of the properties of new products or of systems constituted by metallic, polymer, ceramic materials with a micro or nanostructure, and their composites.

The field of action of the materials engineer consists in the estimation of the life span of new or traditional materials or ageing systems, the analysis and the establishment of models for the implementation of processes or the optimization of functional properties. The sustainability of today’s scientific and technical heritage is also a major target of the curriculum.

Training provided by Toulouse INP-ENSIACET prepares the engineering students to manage interdisciplinary projects.

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  • A broad and comprehensive view of the different materials.
  • An interdisciplinary course for additional skills (physics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering sciences, etc.).
  • A course focused on innovation linked to applied and industrial research.
  • Lab work based on case studies and group projects.
  • Numerous job prospects in dynamic and leading industries (aeronautics, energy, plastics manufacturing, transport, health, metallurgy, environment, electronics, etc.).


  • Know the different families of materials: metallic, polymer, ceramic and their composites.
  • Master the creation and the development of materials to optimize their manufacturing process and their functional properties.
  • Understand the key role of the links between microstructure and properties:
    • To choose the relevant scales,
    • To master the characterisation, modelling and simulation tools.
  • Get a comprehensive view of materials throughout their life cycle, with a multi-scale and multi-field approach.
  • Anticipate and control the evolution of operating materials (mechanical, thermal and environmental stress, sustainability, reactivity).

Course subjects

Percentage of subjects




Physical and chemical characterization of microstructures, Materials resistance and mechanical behaviour, Materials creation, development and assembly process, properties-product-process links, Corrosion.




Theoretical, Polymers, Inorganic solids, analytical methods










Skills in engineering, English, Physical Education, Economical and social science, Conferences

Societal impact

Contribution to society

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Wind turbines materials © Getty Images

  • Development of new products which are more efficient, more economical, more respectful of the environment.
  • A sustainable approach to the optimization of materials shaping and transformation processes.
  • Safety and reliability of the systems and structures.
  • Design solutions for new structures.

Examples of internships (in french)



Sujet de stage 3A



2020JeanneSynthèse et caractérisation de matériaux inorganiquesSOLVAYLA ROCHELLE
2020NinaAssistante responsable QEHS dans un atelier de production de produits cosmétiques au sein de la recherche et innovationL'OREALAULNAY SOUS BOIS
2020AnaCompression osmotique à l'échelle microfluidique : caractérisation haut-débit de formulations industriellesCNRSPESSAC
2020JulietteMise en place d'un projet sur les substances chimiques présentes dans les avions suite au passage de nouvelles normesAIRBUSBLAGNAC
2020YujieDéveloppement de connaissances sur les cheveux, les produits de coloration et les méthodes d'évaluation : développement des produits, préparation/évaluation des échantillons, suivi des tests in viva ...SAINT GOBAINSHANGHAI (Chine)

Job prospects for materials science engineers

1st job

Employer company sizes

Sectors of activity

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Graduates enter companies in the sectors of:

  • metallurgic industries,
  • chemical industries,
  • energy production,
  • transport,
  • health,
  • mechanical construction,
  • ...

Main sectors of activity of ENSIACET Materials Engineers (including every school year from 2015 to 2020)

Roles and jobs

The Materials Engineers mainly work in:

  • research and development
  • operations

They participate in:

  • the field of engineering, research and technical consultancy
  • production, operation, control, maintenance, tests, quality or safety units
  • project management

Main functions of ENSIACET Materials Engineers (including every school year from 2015 to 2020)

Contact Toulouse INP-ENSIACET

L'école de la transformation de la matière et de l'énergie

4, allée Emile Monso - CS 44362
31030 TOULOUSE Cedex 4, France

+33 (0)5 34 32 33 00