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The Energy Engineering and Propulsion Department -EP


The Energetics sector has undergone  massive changes under the pressure of environmental restraints (such as  combustion-created pollutants  or green house  gases) , of the rise in price and increased scarcity of fossil fuels  resources as well as of the deregulation of energy markets (gas , electricity ). Energetic and Propulsion  engineers are right at the centre of these issues .Training here will  provide them with highly recognized competences  in such domains as :

  • Management and control of production and of energy use
  • Innovation in the field of research ( reducing pollutants , developing new fuels , working on energy savings , renewable energies and sustainable development )
  • Development of new environment-friendly devices and new systems of terrestrial , aeronautical and spatial propulsion.



Students gradually  specialize in scientific and technological fields all along  their 3 years of studies . There are many  teaching hours dedicated to TP .

The 3rd   year (EP 3 - 5th and 6th semesters )allows students to acquire   such necessary  background notions as  : computing , electronics , numerical analysis , statistics , experience plans as well as fundamental subjects linked to energetics : thermodynamics ,  fluid mechanics , heat transfer  , ...)

During the 4th   year (EP 4 -  7th and 8th semesters ) , students continue to assimilate these theoretical notions linked to energetics ( vibrations , combustion , materials , radiation transfert , gas dynamics , two-phased flows ) while studying  -  both in theory and in practice – the basic  systems of energetics ( heat exchangers , heating pumps , the  cold production , turbomachines , nuclear reactors ) as well as  the industrial tools for conception and simulation ( 3D modelling -Catia , numerical fluid mechanics ,OD  Systems simulation ).

 During the first 2 years , optional courses are proposed to our students ,allowing them to specialize into fields adapted to their personal  interests and to their professional project.

The 5th year (EP5-9th and 10th semesters ) offers   EP student  engineers 2 options  during the 9th semester :

  • Energy systems : courses allow students to deepen their  knowledge in thermics associated to the industrial and to  the building industry sectors  , in regulation process , in complex flows(whether multiphasic or reactive ) , in industrial combustion , in biomass use and in safety and environmental issues .
  • Propulsion and engines : advanced gas dynamics , composite materials , inner combustion engines , turbo-reactors and spatial propulsion .


Part of these 2 optional courses  is taught by industrial clients who have specialized  in these specific fields . In addition , there are many lectures given on these subjects .  TP    dedicated to  semi-industrial  installations  take place in our « Halle de Thermique Industrielle  ».

     Attention is paid to humanities courses :

  • 2 foreign languages ( including English  and Spanish or German or FLE)-TOEIC is mandatory.                    
  • 3rd optional language and management courses.
  • Sporting activities are also  compulsory.


  These sections take place all along the 3rd semesters  . Our students are invited to follow  top-level athletes , visual-arts  , music or theatre -studies optional minors.


 The project-led learning enables students :

  • to carry out their personal projects for 3 years
  • to deal a scientific project working in pairs ( 3rd year:1 day a week -6th semester )
  • to become initiated into team-work and project management thanks to research departments dedicated to industrial preoccupations ( 6 /  8 students work for ½ a day a week during the 7th semester and for 1 day aweek during the 8th semester )


Click here to see the complete list of courses.


     The EP Department has many human and material resources at its diposal  for our students to be trained in perfect conditions :

  • TP laboratories in thermo- dynamics and fluid mechanics , heat , materials , electronics and automatics , laser diagnostics  , heating  associated to the building industry)
  • A « Halle de Thermique Industrielle » ( vehicle power bench , gas turbine , gas turbine test bed and thermic engine for cogeneration , air conditioning , boilers , steam generator ....)
  •  Calculus and software ressources adapted to the industrial world (CATIA , Fluent , AMESim ).



  • 3rd year internship : 1 month at least  , for summer  between the 3rd and 4th years. Student engineers having already done an equivalent internship since their Baccalauréat year may be exempted.
  • A compulsory minimal 3 -month technical  internship must be done between the 4th and

 the 5th  year ( from June to mid-September ).

  • An industrial internship ( or a research project in a laboratory )  : 5 months at least , during the 10th   semester  - completes the training.

 Students are strongly encouraged to do – at least -  1  of these internships abroad .


Training  open to foreign  countries.

The EP Department welcomes foreign students from Germany , Austria , Spain , Brazil  ...  at all level corresponding to their training. These students  may benefit  from courses  of French as foreign language (FLE).


     Students of the EP Department are offered various exchange opportunities: 

  • They can  do their 5th  year at INSA-Lyon , at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs ( ENSPM- IFP-School ), at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN – Atomic Engineering Department ).
  • They can participate in  a double -degree  program with the University of Kaiserslautern ( in Germany ) or obtain an Msc from  Cranfield  University ( UK ).
  • They can  do their final  year abroad in partner universities in Germany , Austria , Spain or Canada .


 Doctoral studies and research

 The EP Department is associated to CORIA 's research   UMR6614 Unit which most of our teachers come from.Our students are thus in close  contact with a privileged sphere of research throughout their school years. In addition , they are given the possibility to prepare  Fluid and Environmental Energy (Energie Fluides et Environnement ) research Msc at the same time as doing  their 5th year .


Career openings

Professional openings in the energetics sector are varied. Companies recruiting our engineers are generally internationally -oriented businesses (whether large industrial groups or numerous SMI s).

Energy systems graduates enter the fields of thermal systems , or energy production (heating , cogeneration plants , energy  transport and storing , energy markets , wind energy and biomass.....).

 Propulsion and Engines graduates are recruited by automobile , vehicle and equipment manufactures  , the  aeronautics  and aerospace sectors , as well as manufacturers of boilers, ovens , kilns ...


 Contacts :

EP Department – INSA-Rouen

 Avenue de l'Université  BP 08  F76801  Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex - France

Téléphone : +33[0 ] 2 32 95 97 20   -   Télécopie : + 33[0] 2  32 95 97 21

E-mail :ep@insa

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