Apprenticeship engineers

Plastics processing and composite materials

IMT Lille Douai is responsible for the school/workplace course for engineers in Plastics Processing and Composites, jointly administered by the ISPA (Higher Education Institute for Plastics Processing, in Alençon)

This course is authorised by the French Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs, and awards IMT Lille Douai engineering degrees, specialising in Plastics Processing and Composites, after a 3-year apprenticeship study programme.


Each year, 60 student-engineers holding two-year higher education diplomas (CPGE, DUT, BTS, L2) are admitted to the Plastics Processing and Composite Materials apprenticeship course.

The course is geared to students interested in the wide and varied plastics processing and composites industrial sector. As a result, the course is multi-disciplinary and incorporates the following subjects: polymers, composites, bio-sourced materials, industrial processes, product design and project management.

Students studying this course are paid employees (apprenticeship contract). and complete alternate one-month school/workplace periods.

Course programme

Students study a 3-year course. The course is split into 7 course units (UE):

  • UE Materials
  • UE Plastics and composites manufacturing procedures
  • UE Plastic and composite products design
  • UE Engineering science
  • UE Industrial efficiency
  • UE Management, language and international culture
  • UE QSE- Environment and sustainable development

Apprenticeship projects and tasks

Apprenticeship projects are run in partnership with host companies.

Year 1

  • Task 1: operator training (6 weeks)
  • Task 2: technician training (14 weeks)
  • Draft 1st Year apprenticeship report

Year 2: 2 projects (17 weeks)

Year 2 projects seek to enable apprentices to develop their problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Scientific and/or technical project
  • Monograph project

Year 3: Final year project (24 weeks with a host company)

The purpose of the end of year project is to help apprentices  develop their project management skills, while sharpening their critical thinking and analysis with an over-arching engineering task.