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Bachelor of the Powertrain and its Environment (vocational)

The vocational Bachelor of the Powertrain and its Environment (in French, GMPE) is a State diploma obtained through an apprenticeship, which enables graduates to find employment quickly. This Bachelor’s degree trains multi-technology reliability engineers able to work on design and development teams for every stage of the powertrain.

This 1 year course is organized as an apprenticeship by UPMC’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Department in partnership with the Centre de Formation par l'apprentissage (Training by Apprenticeship Center) CFA SUP II MECAVENIR and the lycée Polyvalent Monge (Savigny sur Orge).


By the end of the course, students will have acquired skills in the methodology of industrial design and production, in mechanics and energetics applied to the powertrain, and in management, languages and communications

Scientific skills

  • Ability to analyse and to summarize
  • Organization and planning skills: follow specifications and a study project during the internship in company and during academic training at university.
  • Methodology of industrial design and production: functional analysis, value analysis, ISO rating, CAD. Methods of production (computer-aided technologies, procedures, industrial management, product rating) and manufacturing (machining, rapid prototyping), applied statistics tools.
  • Applied mechanics: Mechanics of rigid and deformable solids applied to the powertrain, strength of materials, plasticity and dimensioning criteria, elementary notions of materials, metallurgy and microstructures. Power transmission, dimensioning, reliability.
  • Powertrain energetics: energy and mechanical characteristics of the powertrain, performance factors, aspects of standardization and the fight against polluting emissions. Dimensioning of vehicle/motor pairs on certification cycles. Energetics, aerodynamics and hydraulics. Combustion and heat transfer. Functioning of catalyzed reactions and mechanisms of pollutant formation. Standard sensors used in powertrains, measuring chain of physical quantity (sensor, calculator, overriding control), role of a control system in diesel or petrol motors.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the profession: practical experience in company with a significant internship period, 16 or 22 weeks. Out of the 400 hours of classes (not including tutored projects and internships), about a quarter are taught by associated professionals.
  • Written and oral communication in students’ native language: acquire skills in project management, meetings, personal development, written and oral expression, communications technology.
  • Knowledge of a second language: develop communication in English (understanding and analysis of scientific and technical documents, preparation for the TOEIC/ TEOFL).
  • Elementary skills in IT: running projects with Excel and Matlab, report writing with Word, oral presentation with Powerpoint.
  • Ability to use information.
  • Problem resolution: during academic training, tutored projects and the internship in company.
  • Decision-making: during the internship in company

Relational skills:

The internship helps students to develop their relational skills, as they are required to work with several different teams. For the projects, students work in groups of 2 or 3 on a specific topic of study (automobile certification cycles, for example).

  • Ability to criticize and self-criticize
  • teamwork
  • relational ability
  • ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • ability to communicate with specialists from different fields
  • ethical commitment: work in companies remains confidential

Systemic skills:

  • ability to put knowledge into practice  
  • ability to learn
  • ability to adapt to new situations
  • ability to work autonomously
  • project design and management
  • initiative and entrepreneurship
  • concern for quality
  • drive to succeed



mechanics, energetics, metrology


Professional objectives:

  • Collaborate with operators in various environments: bench tests and / or assembly, metallurgical analysis laboratories, metrology, manufacturing process and energy development.
  • Acquire professional skills.

Professional prospects:

  • automobile industry, équipementiers (accessories, moyens d'essai)
  • transportation: rail, marine, aviation
  • electricity production.


This one-year course runs from October to September 30 and includes academic classes taught by UPMC, CFA SUPII MECAVENIR, the lycée Polyvalent Monge and professionals in the field, which alternate with work experience in companies (about 50% of the time).

Students switch between classes, which are held on the UPMC and CFA SUPII MECAVENIR campuses, and work experience every fortnight.

  • Methodology of industrial design and production - Semester 1 (6 ECTS)
  • Mechanics of rigid and deformable solids - Semester 1 (6 ECTS)
  • Powertrain - Semester 1 (6 ECTS)

Dimensioning of vehicle – motor pairs on certification cycles.

  • Energetics, Aerodynamics and hydraulics - Semester 1 (6 ECTS)

Elements of advanced fluid mechanics: aerodynamics, dimensioning of viscous flows
Turbulence notions applied to vehicles and motors
Thermodynamic of machines: operation cycles, yields
Aerothermodynamic coupling for turbomachinery.

  • CAD, industrial design and production - Semester 2  (3 ECTS)

production methods: computer-aided technologies, procedures, industrial management, product rating
Manufacturing methods: machining, rapid prototyping
Applied statistics tools.

  • Power transmission, dimensioning, reliability - Semester 2 (3 ECTS)

Function of the main organs and different technologies in the powertrain’s power transmission.
Dimensioning of parts subject to fatigue-loading.
Physical phenomena which cause damage to parts.

  • Sensors – motor control - Semester 2 (3 ECTS)

Standard sensors used in powertrains,
Measurement chain of physical quantity: sensor, calculator, overriding control,
Role of a control system in diesel or petrol motors.

  • Combustion and Heat Transfer - Semester 2 (3 ECTS) 
  • Managerial knowledge and abilities, languages - Semester 1 (3 ECTS) - Semester 2 (3 ECTS)

Running projects, meetings
Business economics and economy, labour law, business start-up.
Written and oral expression, communications technology, personal development,
Communication in English: understanding and analysis of scientific documents, preparation for the TOEIC/TOEFL  

  • Tutored project and internship in company - Semester 1 (3 ECTS) - Semester 2 (15 ECTS)

methodological tools for running projects and quality-, cost- and timing control.
Case study: analysis of a concrete problem posed by the company.
Implementing a solution which allows quality-, cost- and timing requirements to be respected.

Well-targeted public

The GMPE vocational Bachelor is intended for students under 26 (at the time the contract is signed), authorized to work in France, having successfully completed one of the following scientific or technological courses:

  • The vocational stream of UPMC’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, L2 (2nd year) level.
  • L2 level of UPMC’s general Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Physics or Bachelor of Electronic Engineering.
  • L2 level of other equivalent scientific university courses.  
  • Two years of preparatory classes for the grandes écoles in PSI, PT or PTSI.
  • A DUT in Mechanical Engineering
  • A BTS in Design of Industrial Products, Technical Assistant to Engineers, Microtechnology Design and Industrialization
  • certains DEUST (depending on level and specialization).

The degree is also open to students in continuing education.



Candidates must first submit a written application. If their written application is accepted, candidates are invited to an interview where their knowledge is tested by a selection panel made up of UPMC and CFA SUPII MECAVENIR staff.
Definitive enrolment depends on the signature of an apprenticeship contract (two months after the start of classes at the latest).  
Applications submitted before mid-June will be given priority.

Administrative coordinator
CIMON Françoise 
01 44 27 70 55
Tour 55 - Couloir 55/65
2e étage - Porte 216
4 place Jussieu 75005 Paris

e-mail address : lpro.meca@upmc.fr
Person responsible for the schooling department
Brosselin Nicole 

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