Internship (5 months)

The internships play a major role and last for at least as long as the theoretical classes (5 months). They can be carried out in companies or in research labs. The aim of these internships is to enhance the professional skills and provide a significant work experience for the students. Experienced engineers then contribute actively to the students' education and the master thesis defenses give an important year-to-year feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the program. The internships can also motivate interactions between the teaching staff and the industrial engineers as each student gets an academic referee.

The internships are carried out on various topics and in quite different industries. The topics are mainly centered on modeling and control applications, with some contributions in supervision, algorithms and integrated process design. The network aspects, while not directly reflected in the internships titles, appear implicitly as necessary issues in the automation setups. The control implementations range from classical PID or logical setups in industrial automata to advanced model-based optimal or nonlinear feedback strategies.

It can be noted that most students got their internships in large industries but a significant number (one third) got enrolled in SMEs, which motivate the importance of entrepreneurial skills in addition to the classical industrial ones. The variety of addressed industrial markets appears to be a direct consequence of the need for automation in all high-tech processes with strong efficiency needs. From the education point of view, it highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to engineering problems in the process modeling and control design phases.

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