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ICAM Arts & Métiers

General Engineering

At a glance

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Profile / admission level

    2 years post-bac studies – scientific.

  • Diploma / leaving level

    5 years post-bac diploma

  • Admission requirements

    Application and interview.

    Competitive examination.

  • Tuition fees

    €8,000 per year of training.

  • Type of training course

    You get to choose between “study” or “work & study” status during the last year.


An international generalist education

The ICAM Arts & Métiers general engineering course develops multidisciplinary scientific and technical reasoning, an international outlook and strong human and ethical awareness. It prepares students for the professions of the Company of the Future.
La formation d’ingénieur généraliste ICAM Arts & Métiers développe un raisonnement scientifique et technique pluridisciplinaire, une ouverture à l’international et une forte conscience humaine et éthique. Elle prépare aux métiers de l’entreprise du futur.

Accredited by the Engineering Qualifications Commission (CTI), granted the Conference of Grandes Ecoles (CGE) quality label, and recognised by the state as being dispensed by a Private Higher Education Institution of General Interest (EESPIG), this course prepares general engineers to be operational at international level.




An innovative teaching method

Engineering students define and implement their professional project thanks to individual guidance.


The “Learning by Doing” teaching method is based on experimentation and collaboration, which results in international immersions, internships, practical work and numerous team projects.


Detailed programme


1st year of the engineering course (ICAM3) - 3 years post-bac level

The 1st year of the engineering course gives students the opportunity to acquire all the fundamental tools of the ICAM Arts & Métiers general engineer. The three major fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and industrial engineering are complemented by essential skills in computer science and materials science. In addition to acquiring scientific and technical skills, the human and managerial course teaches students to be analytical, enterprising and creative, to be positively involved in relationships with others, and to be open to the corporate world and the international market.


  • Scientific tools for engineers: probability and statistics, combinatorial and sequential logic
  • Computer science and information technology: algorithmics and programming language, Java object-oriented programming, computer project management
  • Electrical and Automation Engineering: analogue electronics, automation, motors and generators, power, installation and electrical transformers
  • Materials science and engineering: physical chemistry of materials – metallic materials, strength of materials and mechanics of continuous media
  • Mechanical engineering: general mechanics, mechanical design, systems mechanics, mechanical design – CAD – PLM
  • Industrial engineering: introduction to business, Lean and quality, industrial processes, Lean Six Sigma, intellectual property, stocks and methods
  • Human and managerial training: personal and professional project, communication, cultural support and engineering ethics
  • Language course: English and German culture, language and intercultural communication
  • Expertise: two modules chosen from the following list of eight modules: Renewable Energies, Machining Processes, Management in a Constrained Environment, Brainstorming, 3D Printing, Advanced CAD, AI for Image Processing, IoT – test bench

Commitment project

Each first-year engineering student is involved in a civic, community or professional project for 25 hours per semester.


The 6-week operator internship is to be completed from June to August.


2nd year of the engineering course (ICAM4) - 4 years post-bac level

The 2nd year deals with the advanced industrial techniques needed now and in the future. A large part of the year is devoted to learning about energy and digital technology to be in a position to respond to environmental and societal challenges. At the same time, students are encouraged to define their professional project to determine the profile of their final year of study.


  • Computer science and information technology: databases, network architecture and security
  • Electrical and Automation Engineering: embedded systems, power electronics, programmable components, control and regulation, instrumentation
  • Materials science and engineering: polymeric and ceramic materials, heat treatment and corrosion
  • Mechanical engineering: vibrations, the finite element method, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and thermal machines
  • Industrial engineering: innovation and design, eco-design, forecasting and planning
  • Human and managerial training: project management, personal and professional project, cultural and ethical support for engineers
  • Language training: German and English culture, language and intercultural communication


Each week, 2nd year engineering students devote half a day to a technical project in teams of 2 to 6 people. The technical project is a multidisciplinary project submitted by the school’ s teachers. It is the ideal opportunity to put into practice the techniques learned during the previous years.


A 16-week technical internship brings this 2nd year to a close, with a report and a presentation. This internship is generally done abroad.

3rd year of the engineering course (ICAM4) - 5 years post-bac level

For their final year, future graduates personalise their course of study by choosing one of the following two options:

1/ Taking an advanced course: Materials and Sustainable Development, Lean Management, Innovation and Intellectual Property, Industrial Information Systems Management or an advanced course in one of the schools within the ICAM group. In parallel with the advanced course, students complete a Research and Development Project.

2/ Completing a professionalisation contract: the first semester is spent alternating between the company and the courses at Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe, and the second semester is spent full time with the company.

3/ Studying abroad for a semester or a year as part of an exchange or double degree programme.


  • Economic and legal science: labour law and corporate law, accounting management, marketing – market research, entrepreneurship, procurement techniques, negotiation
  • Human and managerial training: management for engineers, personal and professional projects, cultural and ethical support for engineers
  • Language training: German and English culture, language and intercultural communication


3rd year general engineering students work in teams 1 ½ days a week on a Research & Development Project during the 1st semester. This project, supervised by a teacher-researcher, aims to mobilise the various skills acquired during the course on subjects requiring a high level of expertise. These projects are commissioned by a company, and are the subject of an actual order to which the students must respond.


The ICAM Arts & Métiers course ends with a 21-week engineering internship in France or abroad. Engineering students are asked to detail their professional experience in the form of an internship report and an oral presentation. Most students are offered a job following their end of study internship.

Advanced studies are possible in the 3rd year of the engineering course

The advanced courses that apply to the internship and the last year Research & Development project are the final step in the professionalisation of the engineering student’s academic journey. Students can choose to do advanced studies in 4 areas of expertise, on the Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe campus or in other areas on the campuses of the ICAM Group schools.

Innovation and intellectual property

  • Developing an innovative project from the initial idea to the prototype.
  • Understanding how to safeguard an invention.
  • Being creative to understand and solve complex problems.


Industrial information systems management

  • Designing and developing digital applications.
  • Understanding digital technology applied to the Factory of the Future.
  • Solving IT security problems in an industrial environment.


Lean Management

  • Simplifying processes, tracking down waste and solving concrete production problems to prevent them from recurring.
  • Being in contact with people, “building bridges” between them for better performance.
  • Encouraging in-depth cultural changes in an organisation.


Materials and sustainable development

  • Designing eco-responsible products taking into account their life cycle and the circular economy.
  • Working on the production, transport and storage of energy.
  • Improving energy performance and designing the buildings of tomorrow.


Construction and civil engineering (ICAM Brussels)

  • Designing buildings or structures.
  • Managing civil engineering sites.
  • Choosing the most suitable construction method for a project.

Professionalisation contract - 3rd year of the engineering course

Engineering students are given the opportunity to complete their final year by alternating between work and study. The first semester is spent alternating between the school and the company, then full-time with the company from the second semester. This professionalisation contract replaces the 6-month internship in the final year. This professional experience immerses students in the business world. Their involvement and autonomy develop rapidly. This allows them to get acquainted with corporate culture during their studies, and therefore refine their business project.

Tuition fees and student remuneration are fully covered by the company.




tutorial classes


projects and practical work


51% of students are hired during their internship in the final year

Internships punctuate the ICAM Arts & Métiers general engineering programme. These in situ work experiences allow engineering students to personalise their studies. From operator to engineer including technician internships, students are given access to all hierarchical levels of an organisation to develop their technical and managerial skills in France and abroad.

Practical information

Yearly internship is compulsory throughout the duration of the engineering course; that is 43 weeks of internship over the entire course. Internships are completed in France and abroad.

The Management and Careers department assists students in their search for an internship and in developing their professional network. Various tools are put at their disposal:

# A platform for advertising internship opportunities

# Access to the online directory of ICAM Arts & Métiers graduates

# Coaching

# Personal / individual coaching in writing professional projects provided by our career centre

# Preparation for recruitment interviews

# Conferences

Operator internship – 1st year

During this internship, engineering students discover the corporate world, perform the tasks of an operator within an organisation, and observe how the team functions to understand the managerial skills they need to acquire.

6 weeks from June to August

Technician internship – 2nd year

The students’ objective is to carry out technician-level assignments in a company related to one of the scientific or technical aspects of the programme. Student becomes part of a team and takes on responsibilities within the organisation by mobilising the skills and knowledge acquired during the course of their training. They acquire a corporate culture and implement professional communication skills. The internship ends with the submission of an internship report and an oral presentation.

16 weeks from May to August

Compulsory remuneration for internships lasting more than 2 months

Engineering internship - 3rd year

The 6-month engineering internship brings the ICAM Arts & Métiers course to a close. Students carry out engineering-level assignments within an organisation and manage one or several scientific and technical projects in their entirety. They apply the knowledge and skills acquired during their previous professional experience and gain an understanding of management and teamwork. They then detail their experience through an internship report and an oral presentation.

21 weeks, from February to July

Compulsory remuneration for internships lasting more than 2 months


From the idea to reality

Practice and experimentation are at the heart of the ICAM Arts & Métiers teaching method and programme. Students imagine, design, test and develop innovative products and services as part of a team. They put their knowledge into practice and acquire new skills through projects and practical work. From the Commitment Project to the R&D Project (PRD) and the Technical Project, they address issues of innovation, project management and general management. Like the internships, these projects are rewarding professional experiences that reflect the needs and requirements of the business world.

The Commitment Project – 1st year

The first-year Commitment Project introduces students to project management. They develop their capacity to undertake and innovate within the scope of a project of their own choosing: associative, entrepreneurial, humanitarian, technical…

Examples: creating a microbrewery through an entrepreneurial approach, representing the school in an inter-school go-kart race, estimating the school’s carbon footprint and compensating for it by planting trees, carrying out tutoring activities to help students stay on course during their higher education studies, designing a CanSat (mini satellite) with Planète Sciences in order to carry out scientific tests, and enjoy a unique aerospace experience, etc.

The Technical Project – 2nd year

The Technical Project is multidisciplinary and carried out for the benefit of the school’s research laboratories and platforms or a partner company. It combines various skills: mechanical, electronic, digital, materials, etc. Students work and train in a specific technological field to meet the needs of a client: a school teacher or company. They draw up the technical specifications to define the client’s needs, and work on their team skills while applying a project management method. The team presents and shares the results of the project through a report and an oral presentation.

Examples: the Cube Sat project, realisation of a robotic arm, solar panel characterisation equipment, rocket telemetry system, etc.

The Research & Development Project – 3rd year

For 6 months, a team of engineering students provides concrete solutions to a company’s problem within the scope of the R&D Project (PRD). This project is a technological or applied research service, at engineer level, carried out for a client company or a school laboratory. Its objective is to obtain results through a rigorous approach to a scientific and technical research project in relation to the chosen field of advanced study. The team of engineering students work together to meet the previously established specifications, autonomously managing a full-scale project together. They consolidate their project management and general managerial skills. The PRD results in a deliverable and gives rise to the writing of a thesis and an oral presentation before a jury consisting of the client company, among others. This professional experience establishes a strong relationship between the companies, the engineering students and the teachers, thus allowing the students to consolidate their network.

Examples: digital modelling of mechanical systems, industrial reorganisation, feasibility studies, software development, urbanisation of an information system, etc.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities and employability guaranteed

The ICAM Arts & Métiers general diploma will open the doors to companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals and SMEs, and in many sectors of activity:


  • # industry: Factory 4.0, logistics, supply chain
  • # environment: energy, sustainable development
  • # transport: aeronautics, automotive, rail
  • # digital: IoT, cybersecurity, systems and networks
  • # public buildings and works sector: construction, civil engineering
  • # research: robotics, condensed materials, digital simulation


You will very quickly reach positions of responsibility in France and abroad.


  • # project manager
  • # consultant
  • # supervisor – manager
  • # company director
  • # teacher
  • # researcher


You can also go into research or specialise with a Mastère Spécialisé®.


of our students find their 1st job in less than 6 months


embark on an international career


average gross annual salary in France


Both a scientist and a manager

This course is aimed at students with a 2-year post-bac level in science.

ICAM Arts & Métiers general engineers are versatile, creative and open to the world. They manage projects from A to Z and provide technical and scientific solutions in many fields and professions. They approach all professional situations with rigour and methodology. In addition to their scientific skills, they develop human skills that are essential to the business world, such as team spirit, curiosity and communication skills.

Both scientists and managers, general engineers are also operational in the field. They know how to unite the members of their team around a project in a humane and ethical manner. Their international outlook enables them to work in organisations all over the world while always remaining agile.

Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe is much more than a school, it's one big family. Being close to all the students and teachers means that each student can fit in. The possibility of studying abroad is a great asset for volunteer students. These opportunities give them everything they need to become experienced international engineers.

Benoit You - Class 2022

Far more than students, we are seen as junior engineers. By being responsible for technical and associative projects throughout our course, we learn on a daily basis to become responsible engineers with robust scientific and managerial skills.

Maud Angenault - Class 2022

Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe allows you to become an accomplished general engineer. This is because you become an engineer by ambition, vocation and training. The course is based on learning technical and managerial knowledge, and then applying it to industrial and professional equipment and various projects. All this is supervised by a body of teachers who are both experienced and enthusiastic (external lecturers, researchers or former industrialists).

Rémi Gouardou - Class 2022

At the end of my first year, I had the opportunity to go to Brazil. The subject of my internship was to transfer a production line...

Louise Fleury - Graduated in 2016 - ICAM Arts & Métiers

Tuition fees and admission


  • 80% of places are allocated to students coming from a scientific preparatory course.
  • 20% of places are allocated to students coming from a Technological Institute of Technology (IUT) or other technological fields.

The ICAM Arts & Métiers general engineering course is open to students from:

  • Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe’s Preparatory Course with International Immersion
  • Icam, site de Strasbourg-Europe’s Preparatory Course in Mathematics & Digital Technology
  • Partner preparatory courses
  • Preparatory course in Physics & Technology (PT): competitive examination. Individual application + interview.
  • Preparatory course in Physics & Engineering Science (PSI), Mechanical & Production Engineering (MP), Physics & Chemistry (PC): E3A-Polytech competitive examination. Individual application + interview.
  • Advanced Technician Adaptation (ATS), University Bachelor of Technology (BUT) Mechanical Engineering (GM), Electrical Engineering (GE), Civil Engineering (GC): École Nationale Supérieure de l’Électronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA) competitive examination. Individual application + interview.
  • University Bachelor of Technology (BUT) Electrical Engineering & Industrial Computer Science (GEII), Mathematics & Physics (MP), Mechanical & Production Engineering (GMP), Industrial Engineering & Maintenance (GIM), Thermal Science & Energy Engineering (GTE), Quality, Industrial Logistics & Organisation (QLIO), Materials Science & Engineering (SGM): Individual application + interview.
  • Preparatory course in Industrial Science & Technology (TSI): Individual application + interview.
  • Foreign diplomas and other diplomas: Individual application + interview.


Tuition fees

€8,000 per year of training.

The last year can be done under a professionalisation contract. Tuition fees and student remuneration are fully covered by the company.


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