Nowadays it’s all about polymers!
The field represents modern science par excellence, as direct applications of polymers are present in our day to day lives: leather products in the luxury industry, helicopter blades, anti-UV inks, all-terrain and all-weather clothing, bicycle frames made of composite materials, new anti-allergic textile products… all of which come into existence through the creativity of engineers.
Synthesizing and handling polymers requires a strong scientific training (in chemistry, mechanics,…). However, developing applications is a matter of taste and passion.
ITECH Lyon Engineering School, which specializes in leather products, textile and plastic materials, and formulated chemistry products (paints, inks, adhesives, cosmetics,…), has made science and in particular polymer science, the core of its education. Its specialities, often complementing each other, have aided in the advancement of polymer sciences which is in constant scientific and economic development.
The Engineering program
This training relies on 2 principle scientific fields: chemistry and physic-mechanics. Basic knowledge is developed in 1st year in order to prepare the students for their major. Education at ITECH focuses around polymer sciences. ITECH engineers assert their skills in this field throughout their careers with their choice of major helping them to find their first job with ease.
On top of technical and scientific skills, ITECH allows its pupils to reveal and develop their social skills with economical and social sciences, and many presentations.
ITECH’s Engineering Degree is the equivalent of a “Master’s Degree” for those interested in following a career outside of France.
Formulation Chemistry allows to make complex polymer combinations in order to create paints, inks adhesives and other coatings.
Paints, Inks and Coatings must combine many different qualities: impermeable and decorative for walls, non-toxic for food, and furniture, complex for aeronautics…
Work opportunities for engineers in formulation chemistry are very vast:
- Uphill : in chemical product firms (raw material preparation)
- Conception and fabrication (paint/ink formulators)
- Downhill : industries using the products (automotive, aeronautical, …)
ITECH distinguishes itself from other chemistry schools through its engineer’s mastering of creating materials in manufacturing facilities and in conceiving parts, on top of his or her knowledge of plastic materials.
The ITECH plastic manufacturing engineer develops his or her skills with those of his or her companions of the other specialities: formulation chemistry with the coating of materials with colours; associations with textiles creating composites used in the leisure field. From health and safety to the aeronautical industry via the packaging, automotive and sporting industries, a large number of sectors make use of plastic engineering, working as much with suppliers of raw materials, as with “formulators” and plastic materials users.
ITECH textile manufacturing engineers cover the many upstream industries involved in the making of textile materials, as well as the different application sectors: medical, building and civil engineering, sport equipment, automotive, aeronautical, furnishing and… clothing.
He/she follows the development of the products, from management to the organisation of production.