work-program studies

work study program over 3 years

Are you a candidate for the ENSAIT work study program?

ENSAIT engineer by work-study program

The fields of application of textiles cover an increasingly wide spectrum. From natural fibers to artificial, synthetic, technical, intelligent and now connected fibers. In a constantly and rapidly changing environment, ENSAIT trains dynamic and versatile engineers who are familiar with the most innovative techniques and cutting-edge sectors, and who are able to provide the best advice to the textile industry.

The role of the ENSAIT engineer is to innovate, design, manufacture, and test new products, new materials, new technologies, and new processes that meet the requirements of the sector while respecting the values of the company and environmental standards. He/she is capable of managing the organizational, economic, human and technical aspects of a project. He/she knows how to choose, buy and supply in compliance with quality standards.


Financial independence

All apprentices receive a remuneration corresponding to a percentage of the minimum wage or the minimum collective agreement depending on their age and year of training

Valuation of 3 years of professional experience

The apprentice alternates between 5 weeks in a company and 5 weeks of training at ENSAIT. They acquire responsibilities as the years go by.

Development of the culture at the international level

8 weeks in an international company + 4 weeks in England in a language center

A network that supports

Access to apprenticeship offers from our partner companies
Guidance and advice on CV, cover letter and interview

Apprentice's salary

It is calculated as a percentage of the minimum wage (SMIC or the SMC in France) if the latter is more favourable. It varies according to age and progression in the apprenticeship training cycle (unless the collective agreement is more favourable).

Seniority in the contract18-20 years old21-25 years old26 years and older
1st year43% of SMIC 53% of SMIC* 100% of SMIC*
2nd year51% of SMIC 61% of SMIC* 100% of SMIC*
3rd year67% of SMIC 78% of SMIC* 100% of SMIC*

* The collective agreement applied in the company or the agreement of the parties may provide for more favourable provisions in terms of remuneration.
The collective agreement applied in the company or the agreement between the parties may provide for more favourable provisions in terms of pay.

To carry out an assisted simulation of the calculation of the legal remuneration, consult the work-linked training portal:

International mobility

All apprentice-engineers benefit from a minimum of 12 weeks’ experience abroad in accordance with CTI recommendations. 

  • 8 weeks minimum in an international company
  • 4 academic weeks in England.

Objectives of the program

The specific skills of the ENSAIT engineer

To be an apprentice engineer at ENSAIT is to benefit from the environment of a major public engineering school, from research at the cutting edge of innovation, from a close relationship with companies and foreign partners.

  • Recognise the basic textile processes and situate them in the textile production chain (actors, materials, relative costs).
  • Recognise the basic textile structures, their treatments and their assembly, differentiate and classify them
  • To know, measure and characterise the properties of basic textiles
  • Define the requirements for the reproduction of a basic textile product
  •  To analyse an existing product and describe all the stages of its production
  • Relate the basic textile properties to their structure and/or process and vice versa. Example: choose the right materials according to the properties required.
  • Associate textile products and processes with their application context (functional specifications)
  • Integrate eco-design


Content of the program

Work-study schedule: 5 weeks in a company 5 weeks at ENSAIT

Regular monitoring of studies in the company is ensured by a company tutor and a university tutor who is a teacher or research professor at the school.

Each year of study will see the acquisition of skills sought after by companies and the professional world.

1st year


30 weeks in a company – Mission: Technician

Integration into the company
The apprentice engineer discovers how a company operates. Theoretical training at the school gradually makes him/her operational to participate in projects or missions of the company.



21 weeks of full-time study

2nd year


30 weeks in a company – Mission: Assistant engineer

Involvement in projects
The apprentice engineer progressively acquires technical and managerial skills to lead small projects or to assist his/her engineering colleagues.

+ 8 weeks of international work

As part of the work-study contract with the company


15 weeks of full-time study

+ 4 weeks of language training

in a language centre in England

TOEIC test (minimum score: 830 points)

3rd year


30 weeks in a company – Mission: Engineer

End of study project
The apprentice engineer is autonomous and is in a position to carry out a final study project over a minimum period of 18 weeks. 


19 weeks of full-time study

More information

Further study after the textile engineering degree

Mastère Spécialisé ® Manager of Innovation and Product Development in Fashion (MIM)

+ 1 YEAR

PhD thesis at GEMTEX, textile research laboratory


Admissions 1st year

To join ENSAIT’s work-study program, the process is twofold:

1 - Apply for admission to ENSAIT

The entrance exam for the ENSAIT work-study program is a competitive exam for students who have

  • holders of an international scientific or technological diploma at Bachelor level
  • holders of a DUT/BUT in scientific and technological specialties
  • holders of a licence 2 in science and technology
  • from any scientific CPGE (including ATS, MP, PC, PSI, PT, TSI, TB, BCPST, TPC)
  • holders of a BTS in scientific or technological specialties

42 places disponibles pour la rentrée 2023

2 - Contact companies in order to be recruited as an apprentice engineer for a 3-year contract

The process is that of any person wishing to be recruited by a company:

  • Respond to job offers
  • Present yourself spontaneously to companies
  • Use networks: alumni, social networks on the Internet : Linkedin, Viadeo, …
How does ENSAIT help you find a work-study contract?

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Jobs and opportunities


of jobs found
in the work-study company


Gross annual salary at hiring


have an executive status from their first hiring

The professions of the textile engineer


Quality engineer

Supply chain engineer

production engineer

design engineer

product manager

environment engineer

design office manager

r&d engineer

textile laboratory manager


Christine CAMPAGNE

Christine CAMPAGNE

Work-study program director
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Ludmilla BAUVIN

Ludmilla BAUVIN

In charge of the work-study program mission
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