SNCF is one of the world's leading groups for the mobility of people, freight transport and logistics.

Key figures:


(in France for 2016)

About SNCF

As a public railway group, SNCF is expanding the range of transport services in order to offer a better quality of service to its customers, travelers, shippers or AOTs (transport organisation authorities).

The group has three divisions:
  • SNCF: determines overall group strategy
  • SNCF Réseau: (network): manages, operates and develops the French rail network
  • SNCF Mobilités: (mobility): transports passengers and freight

Why a partnership with Centrale Nantes?

"We attach great value to the close and special relationship maintained between SNCF and Centrale Nantes.

Our partnership, signed in 2010, is logical and natural because we share
strong and common values with Centrale Nantes: innovation, technical skill, a taste for challenge, the human at the heart of a project etc.

This partnership offer students the opportunity to see behind the scenes in our company - our projects, our goals and the daily life of our teams - through institutional presentations, visits to industrial sites, or testimonials from alumni."
   -    SNCF

  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Science for Housing and Urban Environment
  • Energy Production and Management
  • Propulsion and Transport
  • Embedded Control and Power Grids
  • Mechanical Engineering for Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Product Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Modelling and Simulation in Mechanics



  • Manager, leader, Communicator
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Business Finance
  • International Business Development

Examples of internships undertaken by Centrale Nantes students:

  • Manual internship in an industrial environment on coupling parts
  • Study on the improvement and management of local train regularity in the Pays de la Loire region
  • Lean management
  • Estimation of uncertainties in measuring and modelling the dynamic behaviour of vehicles
  • IT development of a tool for optimizing the placement of trains in stations

Our alumni at SNCF:

  • Director, SNCF Executive Recruitment Agency
  • Assistant Methods Manager, SNCF Technicentre

Student Testimonial:

Lucie CAMUS - 23 years old
Centrale Nantes Alumni
Methods Manager and Project Manager, SNCF Technicentre, Noisy-le-Sec

What does your job involve day-to-day?

I am based at the Noisy-le-Sec Technicentre in Seine-Saint-Denis. It is a huge garage where trains are housed for maintenance operations. I have a dual role - local project manager for Osmose, our computer-aided Maintenance Management Software and  Assistant Methods Manager. I train and help to train maintenance workers to use this software.

Why did you choose to join SNCF?

During my final year internship, I discovered a universe with strong safety challenges and management challenges to meet. SNCF also offers significant internal mobility. I will spend at least two years in this position, then I can evolve towards other careers, including in one of our subsidiaries abroad.

What facets do you particularly like in your job?

Without hesitation, training and supporting agents. Supporting production is exciting.

Published on December 8, 2017 Updated on April 5, 2019