Product Engineering


The aim of this specialisation to provide students with a complete picture of the design/industrialisation process of a manufactured product. They will acquire technological and scientific skills to understand the product development and industrialisation processes at all stages of the product lifecycle.

Through in-depth study of the triumvirate of product/client/industrial system, this specialisation places the emphasis on technical expertise, but also on management and people skills.

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International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
  • An exchange year/semester: International students selected by our partner institutions abroad have the opportunity to spend one semester or one year of their studies at Centrale Nantes. They usually join the final year of the engineering programme choosing both a specialisation and a professional option to obtain ECTS credits.
Course Content
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Choice of Materials and their Deployment Industrial Design
Product design Processes
Product modelling and development Costing, purchasing, and pricing
Product use Production system
Production compliance and stability Project 2
Rapid Manufacturing Internship
Design of experiments
Programming control machines and objects
Project 1

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Examples of projects and internships

Examples of past projects

  • Study and development of a POMER - self-sufficient energy-generating unit fed by a hydrogen fuel cell (Pure E.T.)
  • Design and production of sports wheelchair prototypes for Paralympic athletes (Team 303)
  • Development of a system to recycle components and materials - (Veolia)
  • Design of a mobile system to carry out the regulatory load bearing tests of sports equipment (sportest)
  • Design and development of tools for escalator maintenance (Enerpac)
  • Study and development of a recharging station for VAE in the public space (Abri Plus)

Examples of past internships

  • Numerical modelling of foundry forming processes (Transvalor)
  • Maintenance of power tools (Airbus)
  • Technical and Financial Studies Manager (Naval Group)
  • Lead Design Development Manager (Plastic Omnium)
  • Study of a solution for industrial tools (Dessoutter tools)
  • Quality Engineer (Thales)
  • Structural design and manufacturing study of a float for an autonomous desalination system (Oneka technologies)
  • Numerical modelling. Piloting the resolution of architecture and implementation problems (Renault)
  • Predictive maintenance (Arianespace)
  • Design of automotive parts (MBtech Bohemia s.r.o., Prague)
  • Creation of a standard range (Safran Aircraft Engines)
After the specialisation

Sectors of activity

  • Automotive
  • Aeronautics
  • Naval
  • Construction
  • Machinery
  • Consultancy
  • Food industry

Career prospects

  • Research and development engineer
  • Product manager
  • Project manager in industrial development
  • Quality engineer
  • Project manager / staff for a design project, new product or service manager
  • Innovation manager


Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on October 27, 2022