Operator

Course Director(s): Joséphine Drapier

Description

The 1st year work experience is the first introduction to the world of enterprises for the engineering student. It should enable him to observe and then to present its complexity from the view point of an operator. A preliminary preparation (company week) allows a comprehension grid to be adopted for this complex environment. The work experience, combined with the company week, favours the development of qualities essential for exercising an engineering profession (open-mindedness, discernment, agility ..)

Assessment is in the form of a participatory de-briefing before writing a discovery report, incorporating personal expression.

The objectives of the work experience are as follows :

 

Principle objective : observing and reporting the complexity of an enterprise from the point of view of an operator

 

Secondary objectives : :

 

- to modify students’ perception through an introduction to the real outside world

- - to prepare by questioning managerial training (health and safety risks at work, working environment, communication modes ...)

- to develop relational capacities in a professional context

- to develop autonomy, perseverance, improvisation skills

Links between other projects/ multi-disciplinary projects / internships

The 1st year work experience and the company week form part of a 1st year dedicated to the identification of postures. The student must gradually start to position himself, during this 1st year, as an actor, as with the interdisciplinary, citizenship and self-awareness projects. This positioning does not concern the choice of specialisations.

Positioning within the overall programme

The 1st year work experience, appearing early in the programme, aims to shift the vision of engineering students and place them as soon as possible in a professional perspective.

It should raise questions amongst the students as to the managerial aspects of their future profession.

Key words

Work experience, 1st year, observer

Number of working hours per student

4 weeks

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, the student will be capable of:

Classification level

Priority

Understanding the functioning of a company and its production processes

 

1. Knowledge

 

Essential

 

Understanding economic issues and the client approach

 

2. Understand

 

Important

 

Understanding the working conditions of shop-floor operators

 

4. Analyse

 

Essential

 

Adapting rapidly to a new socio-cultural context

 

3. Apply

 

Essential

 

Situating his observations in their right context (discernment)

 

4. Analyse

 

Important

 

Being aware of health and safety concerns at work

 

1. Knowledge

 

Useful

 

Drafting a written summary document

 

5. Summarise

 

Essential

 

 

 

 

Learning assessment methods

Percentage ratio of individual assessment

Percentage ratio of group assessment

Written exam:

 

 

%

 

Project submission:

 

 

%

 

Individual oral exam:

 

 

%

 

Group presentation:

 

20

 

%

 

Individual presentation:

 

10

 

%

 

Group practical exercise:

 

10

 

%

 

Individual practical exercise:

 

 

%

 

Group report:

 

 

%

 

Individual report:

 

20

 

%

 

 

 

 

Other(s):Company assessment report on the student        20  %

Programme and content

Type of teaching activity

Content, sequencing and organisation

Supervised studies

 

The company week consists of two company visits with participatory analysis based on the application of a reading grid for the organisation of the company, (technical, human, economic and organisational aspects). The student’s appropriation of this method in a collective framework (supervised studies) is a preliminary step towards the personal application in the work experience to follow.

 

Case studies

Case studies

The work experience follows on logically from the company week, but in a more personalised context, through an application and implementation of the comprehension grid of the company.

A collective feed-back is organised in tutorial sessions with the same group of students from the company week. Following these exchanges, each student will write a personal discovery report, drawing on the contexts of other student experiences.