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Supméca (Institut Supérieur de Mécanique) is a French mechanical engineering school. The school is an active member of the Polyméca network and part of the ENSI (Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingenieur) school group. According to the 2016 rankings of French Magazine L'Usine nouvelle , Supméca is ranked among the 10 best engineering schools in the fields of mechanics, aeronautics, automobile, transport and materials 
 1948 : creation of the Institut Supérieur de Matériaux et de la Construction Mécanique (ISMCM) thanks to a joint initiative of the department of national defense, department of education and the federation of mechanical industries. Intended for engineering graduates from other state engineering school (“Grandes Ecoles”) already having an industrial practice, the ISMCM was in charge of perfecting material engineering and their use in mechanical design.
1956: Creation of the Centre d’Études Supérieur de Techniques Industrielles (CESTI), an engineering school, linked to the ISMCM. As a precursor, the school was created on the fundamental principles of initial and continuous training by putting together a new type of training mixing high level scientific courses and industrial internships in companies.
1994: Creation of CESTI Toulon to allow a significant increase in our flow of engineers and participate in the economic development of the greater Toulon area, based on the quality improvement of its post secondary education.
2004: CESTI becomes the Institut Supérieur de Mécanique de Paris – Supméca. Nowadays, Supmeca engineering school builds on its heritage and accentuates its evolution on three main axes:
- innovative teaching/training methods
- strong and close links with companies
2006: Supmeca and Ecole Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l’Information – EISTI get closer. This initiative, starting up the creation of a National Polytechnic Institute, will allow our two schools to put in common their skills in terms of initial training, learning, and research.
2009: Inauguration of a new building in Supmeca Paris
2011: Opening of a new master in Lean Management.
Since 1956 in Paris and 1994 in Toulon, Supméca has put in place a curriculum that combines strong scientific basics with a true professional experience. This curriculum leads to the National engineering diploma, accredited by the Commission des titres d’ingénieurs (Engineering degree commission). This diploma certifies both a master's degree in engineering and a Graduate Engineering Degree (Diplôme d’ingénieur).
Supméca is also a member of the “Conférence des grandes écoles” and the “Conférence des directeurs d’école et de formations d’Ingénieurs (CDEFI).
Today, Supmeca’s curriculum is openly oriented toward 2 axes: communication and openness
- Internships : 3 industrial internships, standing for 1/3 of the whole curriculum
- Importance given to foreign languages: being fluent in English is part of the basics required for an engineer today. Knowing a second language is essential as well.
- Promotion of studies/internships abroad: whether it is in an industrial internship or during an academic semester in a partner university
- Importance given to participative education: practical work, group projects, presentations to class. This helps prepare a future engineer to the reality of the industry.
- The involvement of the research lab in industrial programs in association with reputed partners (Dassault, Aerospatiale, Renault, Peugeot…) creates a gate with companies and allows anticipation of future needs and thus adaptation of the curriculum.
Supmeca has two facilities, one in Saint-Ouen, Paris, founded in 1956, and one in Toulon, founded 1994. Graduates receive the national engineering degree. Admission to the university requires a pass in a competitive entrance exam, for which students complete two years of post-secondary education.
The Supmeca engineering syllabus combines theoretical and practical components, with students completing 52 weeks' intern experience in industry during the course. Courses include economic, social science, and humanities components, with all students studying two foreign languages (including English). The school maintains numerous partnerships with universities in France and around the world, allowing students to spend a third year studying abroad.
Third year students specialize in areas including materials and processes, production systems, mechatronics, structures and mechanical assemblies, and mechanical systems design.
Christophe de Maistre