Engineering work placements

Work placements are an essential part of future engineers' curriculum. For students, they represent a key stage in the construction of their professional project and in their preparation to work in industry.
Placements contribute to the implementation of the education given. In this way students can face the reality of working life and learn to understand corporate issues.

ENSIACET students (under student status) must complete three placements during their curriculum:

  • a “first contact with the world of work” placement of 1 to 2 months in a company at the end of the first year (July and August),
  • an “application” placement of 4 to 5 months in a company or in a research laboratory at the end of the second year (May, June, July, August and September),
  • an “engineer” placement of 5 to 6 months in a company or in a laboratory according to the professional project at the end of the third year (from March to September).

At the end of the three years, each student must have experienced at least three months abroad and 28 weeks of placement in a company.

3rd year work placement

  • Discover the workplace, how the company works, its specific mechanisms and the range of jobs there.
  • Understand the environment of different departments, the tools and methods used, work organization, administrative and collective rules.
  • Analyze, understand and gain an interest in industrial processes, experimental protocols or production procedures.  
  • Get to know how to complete certain operational tasks within a team or service.

4th year work placement

  • Take part in realizing a technical/scientific project by integrating tools and methods used, with the added complexity of setting up a professional situation.
  • To know how to apply scientific concepts with rigor and a sense of initiative.
  • To know how to analyze results obtained with a critical eye and summarize in a clear, synthetic fashion.

5th year work placement

  • To be capable of leading an engineering task well by taking the scientific, technical, economic, environmental, organizational, regulatory, ethic and social aspects into account.
  • To initiate project management.
  • To show initiative and respond to a proposed situation in a pertinent manner.
  • To know how to take stock of a project and defend its results, in written and oral form, adapting to the given audience.

Calendar of Engineering placements





Placement dates

Deadline for the offers' deposit by the companies


1st year "Operator" placement

Understand how a company works

1 to 2 months

From 26/06/2023 to 25/08/2023

Before the end of May 2023

2nd year "Research & Development" placement

Take a technical study in charge - Learn to organise your work and report results

4 to 5 months

From the end of the course 24/04/2023 to 22/09/2023

Before the end of March 2023

3rd year "End of study" placement

Complete successfully an "engineer" project - Pre-employment placement

5 to 6 months

From 27/02/2023 to 15/09/2023

Before the end of January 2023


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