The energy sector is on the lookout for new talent to help it address the challenge of energy transition, improving energy efficiency of existing products and developing new processes to convert biomass-derived raw materials. Our Energy and Processes program provides the training you need to become a responsible, versatile professional who will be immediately operational, with a firm grip on the process industry’s current and future needs. Accept the challenge, apply today!
The key points of the program
Career prospects for graduates
Program & planning
- Introduction to refining, petrochemicals, natural gas
- Thermodynamics applied to hydrocarbon and biomass processes
- Refining processes
- From crude to clean products: operations optimization
- Separation engineering
- Process control and optimization
- Energy efficiency, energy and utilities management
- Reactors and dynamic systems in the processes and bioprocesses industry.
- Applied economics
- Carbon footprint, CO2 management, capture and storage of CO2 towards carbon neutrality
- Process safety and QHSE management
- Energy and global warming, challenges and solutions
- Experience Sharing Module
- Natural gas processing
- Current and future petrochemical processes
- Industry 4.0, digitalisation
- Development of soft skills
The two examples of schedules shown below correspond to the most frequently encountered cases for students in this program:
- a 16-month continuous program for students with a 4- or 5-year engineering degree,
- a 16-month alternating school/company program for students with a 5-year engineering degree.
Other situations may arise, such as: a 22-month alternating school/company program for an engineering student in the penultimate year of a major European school or university having signed a double-degree agreement with IFP School
- Process engineer (for on-site unit optimization or engineering design)
- Equipment maintenance engineer
- Manufacturing planning and scheduling engineer
- Research and innovation engineer
- Facility commissioning and start-up engineer
- Production engineer
Process engineer (in a large engineering firm): sizes the refining, petrochemical and gas units (equipment, instrumentation, piping) and units for oil and gas field surface processing, simulates and optimizes operation of the units using a number of industry-specific software programs, and participates in various project reviews (Hazop, etc.) and unit startups.
Process engineer (engineering department of refineries or petrochemical complexes / R&D center): monitors one or more refinery units, and in conjunction with the operator, participates in technical monitoring and optimization of operations, and in investment projects to improve operation, safety and security.
Production engineer (in refineries or petrochemical complexes): supports the production manager, ensures day-to-day technical management of the unit, and is the liaison with development, research, logistics and other departments.
Technical services engineer (inspection, maintenance, process control, HSEQ, etc.): provides process skills to these specialties, and participates in major projects in all these areas, and in the operational activities of these departments.
Funding & sponsorships
Typical class profile
Students in this program are almost all sponsored by companies (through apprenticeships, sponsorships or as seconded professionals) that finance their living expenses during the academic period and contribute towards their tuition.
Applications for admission to IFP School and for financial support must be made concurrently. The search for financial support is a process that takes time (unsolicited requests made to companies, interviews with HR managers and operational staff, etc.).
Among these companies, the following have been IFP School partners in recent years (non-exhaustive list):
- Total: more information at Total Careers
- Air liquide
- GRT Gaz
- Jacobs France