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Over 5,000 engineers are trained here in numerous disciplines. Ever since 1962, ENIM (École nationale d’ingénieurs de Metz) has nurtured the creativity of businesses in France and overseas via a training offer that continually evolves in terms of content as well as form. “With our experience, we know better than anyone else the extent to which it is necessary to constantly adapt to contexts and evolutions in order to make our student engineers thoroughly efficient living forces for businesses. All dogmatic attitudes on this front need to be refused,” believes Pierre Padilla, Head of the engineering school. This attitude is responsible for making ENIM the French school with the closest links to industry.
ENIM offers a comprehensive training offer for engineering sciences, with the option of specialising in a multitude of domains. “We are a resolutely multidisciplinary establishment. All fundamental sciences are covered, giving us deepened experience and knowledge in our training role,” explains the Director of ENIM. Amongst these domains, mention can be made of mechanical engineering, aeronautics, automobiles, electrical engineering, or else engineering for the transport industry. Added to which is teaching on management, project supervision and management, languages… “The idea is to help our engineers acquire the best assets for standing up to the challenges of modern industry,” emphasises Pierre Padilla.
One of the particularities of ENIM is that at the end of five years’ training, students will have already notched up a year and a half of professional experience. They therefore have a markedly more practical approach to and concrete knowledge of the profession, compared with other engineering schools – a big plus in the eyes of recruiting companies. The establishment’s Director specifies that “over half of the students are hired even before the end of their studies”. The ENIM notably delivers a Bachelor degree recognised in all foreign countries. Engineering students therefore demonstrate mobility and a means to easily steer themselves towards many different countries and sectors of activity.
The school sets itself apart with its very rich international relations. It is part of the Cartagena network, a tripartite body of academic, institutional and industrial establishments in the domains of mechanical, product and industrial engineering. This grouping encompasses almost one hundred universities throughout the world, and sets out to encourage multilateral collaboration between its members in order to improve training and to modernise the productive apparatus of the countries in question. “Numerous training establishments and foreign businesses thus work alongside us, year after year, allowing students to take advantage of enriching experiences beyond our borders,” enthuses Pierre Padilla.
The ENIM programme includes overseas experiences of at least six months, generally in the form of internships. “The average duration of expatriation is more like one year,” adds the Director. This international outlook means that all students speak at least two foreign languages. Another convincing element for prospective recruiters, given the growing internationalisation of business.
Training at the establishment is targeted at students from the baccalaureate upwards, but also at students who are not fresh from school, through the granting of credit for prior study or professional experience. This option is aimed at those with a tertiary degree such as the French BTS or DUT and who, after several years of experience in a domain, show necessary skills for joining the programme without having to start at the first year. On top of this is the ENIM’s continuing education offer, targeting graduates with at least 3 years’ study following the baccalaureate. Pierre Padilla explains that this is often the case of “persons with a professional degree or a master’s and who are interested in changing career direction, adapting their skills or getting professionalised in a specific domain. As for the way in which teaching is carried out, we negotiate with the student and the partner company to determine the best conditions for functioning. This state of mind is essential in our opinion. Everyone should be catered to for the organisation of the training course.” Every programme of study is therefore agreed on in conjunction with the prospective student and the company in question.