Mechanics Major (Paris Campus)


For more than 20 years, the "Material and Structural Mechanics" specialisation has given EPF students a broad curriculum on general structures, with more specific applications in civil engineering, automobile manufacturing and naval and offshore construction.

This specialisation is based on fundamental knowledge taught with an industrial and research purpose:

  • In materials, understanding and predicting mechanical macroscopic behaviour of crystalline materials from their microscopic properties, metallurgy, composite materials, shaping of materials.
  • In structure analysis, the study of beams, plates and shells, with various methods such as the energetic method, under static or dynamic loads, with elastic, visco-elastic, plastic behaviour, and a large study of the finite element method (with Cast3m Software).

This specialisation has a close relationship with the EPF research laboratory ERMESS on the topics of fatigue, fracture and reliability. The theoretical courses of this specialisation are completed with experimental practice in external laboratories, on material behaviour (as in the tension of steel bars, tests on concrete samples, soil), metallurgy (X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy), and the production and test of multi-layered plates fabrication.



Starting positions

  • Study engineers in research centres or engineering firms
  • Engineers in materials and structures research and development
  • IT engineers developing calculation software
  • Methods engineers for construction firms
  • Technical controllers in control offices
  • Engineers on large construction sites
  • Price study engineers

Primary sectors:

  • Construction, Public Works
  • Nuclear construction,
  • Offshore structures and naval construction
  • Automobile manufacture
  • Aeronautic construction
  • Metalworking, steelworking
  • Material and structure research institutions