Advanced Master - Manufacturing Processes for Aeronautical Structures (AMPAS)

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A booming industry

After a short recession period, the Aeronautical industry market is facing a rapid and continuous increase worldwide as shown by the record breaking contracts recently signed by both Airbus and Boeing. These two industry leaders forecast an increase of close to 5% in activity over the next years and estimations indicate that the annual increase of large commercial airplanes will induce a doubling of the number of aircraft by 2030. Nearly sixty percent of the turnover is subcontracted all over the world and concerns mostly production and manufacturing activities. As a consequence most aeronautical subcontracting companies will have to increase their production rates but also to keep up to date with technological changes; moving from metallic processes toward composite materials processes. Moreover the aircraft manufacturers have changed their supply chain structure in the last years, and subcontractors are now required to manage more complex parts and to take over, on their own, the qualification processes.

At the heart of European Aerospace Valley

The Midi-Pyrénées is home to the global headquarters of Airbus and over 600 subcontracting businesses, employing more than 60,000 employees. The French space agency (CNES), as well as Thales and EADS Astrium are also present in the area along with their numerous subcontractors.

The Ecole des Mines d'Albi and Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE), have both a proven track record of leading research and working alongside industrial partners in the aeronautics industry.

A formation tailored to the need of the industry

The Advanced Master course AMPAS, is designed by Mines Albi and ISAE with the support of aeronautical industry partners. It will give a specialization to master level students allowing them to take over high level responsibilities in airframe structure manufacturing plants. It is especially well suited to students who have followed general studies in mechanical engineering, material science or equivalent and who would like to gain a major chance to be recruited by aeronautical industry.

To reach this goal, AMPAS master students will develop:

  • general knowledge of flight dynamics constrains and airframe design
  • knowledge and understanding of the airframe materials and processes and their qualification constrains
  • knowledge, understanding and practice of the prevalent processes for structural applications with either metallic or fiber reinforced thermoset composites materials
  • ability to use state of the art simulation tools for definition and optimization of metallic sheet forming and RTM/infusion process
  • knowledge of the aeronautical supply chain structure and their communication rules
  • understanding of the aeronautic dedicated quality and management requirements
  • knowledge and practice of lean manufacturing tools
  • ability to undertake manufacturing projects in an international team environment
  • ability to communicate with written reports and by oral presentation


Professoral staff form Ecole des Mines Albi and ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l'Aeronautique) and more generally from University of Toulouse

Experts form Aeronautical Insdustry, especially from AIRBUS and supply chain

Experts from certification, quality, supply chain organization and management


Applicants must have a Master degree, or an equivalent degree in science or engineering, or a bachelor degree with 3 years of professional experience at least.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS band: 6
  • TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
  • TOEFL iBT® test: 79


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Enrollment for academic year 2018 - 2019 : September 2018

Practical informations :

  • Accomodation is provided in studios belonging to Ecole des Mines d'Albi (approximately 350 €/month)
  • Lessons are given in Albi and Toulouse  (in that case daily bus transfer is organised)


A balance of theoretical learning and practical experience:

The course consists of 75 credits mixing academic teaching and professional experience.

First semester: academic term of 450h and 45 credits, provided by permanent professors of Mines Albi and ISAE and expert practitioners from aerospace industry to bring current knowledge and experience. The teaching, balancing academic lessons with more applied practice.

Second semester: Professional thesis in the aeronautical industry or in an academic research lab in collaboration with aeronautical industrial partners, in France or abroad. The duration is from 5 to 6 months and corresponds to 30 credits. Students are supervised by a tutor from the host organization and from Mines Albi or ISAE. Thesis is concluded by the preparation of a final report and an oral dissertation in front of a jury.


The academic course consists of 370 hours of taught modules aiming to provide a deep knowledge of the three main material families used in airframe structures (i.e. aluminum, titanium and long fiber reinforced polymer composites) as well as their related forming routes relevant to aeronautical industries.

It is also devoted to gain knowledge in aircraft architecture, on aeronautical supply chain specificities, lean manufacturing and quality management required to be able to take over technical and organizational responsibilities in industry.

A team project (80 hours) will demonstrate the ability to address an aeronautical part processing problem following the theoretical and professional skills.

French lessons are also included in this program.

Part 1: Aircraft, material and process basic scientific knowledge

  • Flight Dynamic 25h, 2 credits
  • Structure and Airframe Design 11h, 1 credit
  • Aluminum and titanium alloys 10h, 1 credit
  • Epoxy and thermoplastic composites 10h, 1 credit
  • Assembly processes 10h, 1 credit
  • Material and processes qualification 10h, 1 credit
  • NDT for metallic and composite materials 12h, 1.5 credits
  • Optical techniques for assembly aid 12h, 1.5 credits

Part 2: Composite structure forming and machining processes

  • Physical phenomena description and modeling related
  • to thermoset based manufacturing 15h, 2 credits
  • Raw material and composite quality control 10h, 1 credit
  • LCM/RTM processes 20h, 2 credits
  • Autoclave Vacuum Bagging (monolithic - sandwich) processes 17h, 2 credit
  • Composite material trimming, drilling and assembly 13h, 1 credit
  • RTM/Infusion Simulation (PAM/RTM) 25h, 2 credits

Part 3: Metallic structure forming and machining processes

  • Material behaviour and mechanical models 15h, 2 credits
  • Cold and hot sheet forming processes 35h, 3 credits
  • Surface treatments 10h, 1 credit
  • Metallic material machining 18h, 2 credits
  • Sheet forming simulation (PAM/STAMP) 22h, 2 credits

Part 4: Industrial organization and management

  • Supply chain structure and organization 15h, 1 credits
  • Materials management and Lean manufacturing 15h, 2 credits
  • Supply chain improvement and collaborative processes 15h, 2 credits
  • Quality management and tools 25h, 2 credits

Part 5: Integrated Team Project 80h, 8 credits

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Mastère AMPAS - Fabrice SCHMITT, Professor

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