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Process Engineering

Code: op_D1, ECTS: 42


Process engineering is inspired by the methodology of chemical engineering, initially devised for the petrochemical industries (Principles of Chemical Engineering written at MIT marks its birth in 1923), and its specificity in the analysis of natural or industrial transformations: unitary operations, systems and appraisals, kinetic coupling of transformation and transport. Today it can be defined as the range of knowledge required for the design, implementation and optimization of physico-chemical and biological transformation of raw materials into functional products corresponding to socio-economic needs. Through its pluridisciplinary approach, process engineering brings solutions to the new challenges facing society such as the valorization of raw materials and waste, recycling processes, management of energy sources, the quality and reliability of manufactured products, the safety of installations and the protection of the environment.
Consequently, process engineering would seem to be a logical sequel to and a valorization of the skills of student engineers in such institutions as the École des Mines de Paris in economics and the management of projects related to automatic control systems and thermodynamics. It can enable them to understand and possibly modify technological and organizational choices involved in the manufacturing process by reappraising them within their economic and environmental context.


The training provided by this Minor prepares the student engineer for duties in various sectors of the transformation industries such as oil and mineral chemistry, of course, but also cosmetics, agri-food, pharmacy, polymers, water treatment and processes for the environment, and even metals, glass, textiles, fibres, paper, cement, tyres, detergents, paint, composites and electronics. It will be noted that there are many international opportunities for companies in those sectors: the European Union ranks top worldwide in the chemical sector with 8 companies among the leading 13 through turnover. In France, the chemical industry recorded a 6% rise in turnover in 1997.
The opportunities which this Minor prepares students for in particular at the beginning of their career range from production and management to research and development, new products and new processes, while not forgetting engineering and the design and construction of production units. In the medium term, opportunities should evolve towards responsibility for units or sites and positions in central authorities.

Teaching team


Teaching staff

Jacques AMOUROUX ; Daniel BALLERINI ; Pierre BAURENS ; Marie BESSIERES ; Vincent BLANCHARD ; Christophe BLAVOT ; Lucas BUSTAMANTE VALENCIA ; Jean-Marc COMMENGE ; Jean-Pierre DAL PONT ; Myriam DE SAINT-JEAN ; Fabrice DELCORSO ; François DEROUX ; Moussa DICKO ; Damien FABRE ; Emmanuel GARBOLINO ; Franck GUARNIERI ; Jean-François HOCHEPIED ; Erik HOLLNAGEL ; Eduardo IZQUIERDO ; Didier LAGARDE ; Didier LE CARRE ; Cyrille LEMOINE ; Jonathan MACRON ; Christine MANSILLA ; Alain METAY ; Guillaume PETITPAS ; Bruno PEUPORTIER ; Annick PICHARD ; Deresh RAMJUGERNATH ; Dominique RICHON ; Rodrigo RIVERA ; Antoine RIVIERE ; Eduardo RUNTE ; Joséphine SPEZIALI ; Raoul TEXTORIS ; Jean-Baptiste THOMAS ; Angela TOMASONI ; Anne-Cécile VALENTIN ; Serge VESPA ; Benoît WEIL ; François WERKOFF ; André WULF
Code op_D1
Year 2nd & 3rd years
Level Graduate 1st year, Graduate 2nd year
ECTS Credits 42
Coefficient 0
Nb. of hours 266
Nb. of lessons 213
Course type Minor
Semester 4, 5, 6
Period Spring
  • Génie chimique et des procédés
Last update:
28 Mar 2013 17:07 by DanielL