Agile Factory Management (I-ENG AFM)

Programme Objectives

This Master develops skills for agile factory management based on operational research methods and production management approaches, such as lean, adaptive and reactive management. Fundamental approaches for factory design and simulation will be introduced as well as performance assessment. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to model and simulate production systems, to optimize production systems control strategies and to apply new assessment methods based on simulation and optimization approaches, taking into consideration different kinds of indicators (environmental, social, economical) related to agile factories. There is a strong link with the other Industrial Engineering specialism - Smart and Connected Enterprise.

This Master’s programme is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

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Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Course ECTS Spring Semester Course ECTS
Introduction to Ind 4.0 processes 4 Systems Engineering 4
Enterprise Modelling 4 Statistics and Data Analysis 5
Introduction to Optimization Methods 5 Management and Socio-Organizational Aspects for Industrial Engineering 4
Production Management 1 5 Enterprise management 4
Discrete-event Simulation 4 Innovation Engineering 4
Financial and Economic Aspects for Industrial Engineering 4 Advanced Simulation 4
Basics of Computer Science and Mathematics 2 Introduction to Research 3
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as a Foreign language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'.

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester course ECTS
Production management 2 5
Logistics 4
Operations research 4
Shop floor scheduling 4
Multi-criteria decision making and decision support 5
Integrated design and implementation of cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) 4
Project 2
Modern languages * 2

* 'French as a Foreign language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'.
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship                                    30

Master thesis / internship

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Developing a framework to coordinate innovation projects, Assystem, Paris, France
  • Lean Manufacturing Manager, Louis Vuitton, Barberà del Vallès, Spain
  • ERP configuration with SAP, Mansa Sugar, Luapula, Zambia
  • Project Manager, DXC Technology, Paris, France

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Reducing mental-load on assembly lines: augmented reality contribution, LS2N, Nantes, France
  • Interoperability between MES and ERP, LS2N, Nantes, France
Skills developed
  • Master modeling and simulation of production systems
  • Master optimisation methods for production system control
  • Master the new concepts and performance indicators of the smart and agile factory

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Download syllabus | I-ENG AFM 2021/2022

Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the LS2N Research Institute and other faculty members from University of Nantes as well as modules delivered experts from companies.


Airbus, Naval Group, Michelin, Alstom, Dassault Systems, Renault, Faurecia, etc
After the Master's

Career Prospects

Sector: Aeronautics, Automotive, Transports, Naval, Energy, Mechanics, Services, Consulting.
Fields: Industrial engineering, Mechanical engineering, Production management, Research and Innovation.
Positions: Industrial manager, Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Production manager, Research and Innovation Engineer (post PhD).

Published on April 3, 2017 Updated on July 20, 2022