Wood and biosourced materials science & technology
Since they master the basics of engineering and have in-depth knowledge of the material, ESB engineers can work in many fields, ranging from upstream processing to downstream applications.
Their work takes place not only in the laboratory, but also in the field and in industrial settings.
Methods and process engineer
Methods and process engineers are responsible for manufacturing wood or wood-based products (furniture, nautical vessels, industrial joinery, products for construction), from the raw material purchasing stage to inspecting the end results.
They draft the workshop’s production programme as required by the orders received, which they then fulfil.
They help optimise production.
Quality engineers are responsible for the compliance of wood or wood-based products manufactured by a company, ensuring the company remains as competitive as possible.
They organise and implement monitoring and quality control procedures by drafting specifications for calls for bids and carrying out tests.
Construction engineers are responsible for comprehensive site management, from determining a building’s location on a plot all the way to delivery to the client.
They analyse the technical file, ensure supplies are procured, coordinate schedules for the various contractors, and supervise construction work.
They are also responsible for safety on the construction site.
Design office engineer
Using architectural blueprints, wood structure engineers participate in pre-dimensioning the construction project in order to determine costs.
During the execution phase, they calculate the dimensions of the various wood elements to ensure the structural stability of the building under construction, accounting for constraints (materials used, soil, climate conditions, etc.).
To accomplish this, they create 3D plans and simulate conditions to test their calculations.
Purchasing and procurement engineer
Purchasing and procurement engineers ensure that the company gets a supply of quality raw materials within budget and on time (certification).
Their knowledge of the material allows them to assess product quality and coordinate quality tests if needed.
They plan and monitor production and raw material stock, coordinate deliveries, supervise receptions, and manage the factory’s storage platform.
Thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the material and their negotiation skills, business engineers are the ideal intermediary between the company who manufactures the industrial products and the national/international market.
It is up to them to analyse their clients’ needs and make successful sales proposals.
During negotiations, their technical skills allow them to precisely meet the expectations of their potential clients and make recommendations.
Client representation assistance engineer (AMO) for high environmental quality (HQE) construction projects
These engineers have the role of supporting construction professionals in an environmental strategy, most often related to achieving certification.
AMO HQE engineers get involved early on, in the programming phase, to define the environmental objectives associated with a construction or renovation project.
In the design phase, they assist the team to ensure the performance level objectives are met, and they carry out an array of studies to help in the decision-making process.
Supervising the construction site involves checking the environmental impact of the site itself, as well as ensuring the objectives initially set are met.
Research and development engineers are responsible for technological intelligence, and for researching and developing new materials or processes using wood or wood-derived products to encourage innovation and keep companies in the industry competitive.
They analyse consumer expectations and apply this knowledge in their management of research projects from the initial study of the product through to its industrial application.
Logging management engineer
Logging is the first step in processing and making efficient use of forest production.
Logging management engineers manage all technical and commercial operations involved in harvesting wood safely and in a manner that allows for the regeneration of resources.
They guarantee the traceability and transfer of the material to primary processing companies (sawmills, board manufacturing plants, paper factories, and biomass boilers).