Engineer in Wood and Biobased Materials Science and Technology


Program Description


Engineers trained at ESB are able to use wood and other bio-based materials in an innovative way.

They master scientific and technical knowledge, lead teams and manage projects. They use new technologies and place their approach in a logic of circular economy.

The realization of projects, collaborative and interdisciplinary work associated with experimentation on scale 1, constitute a strong singularity of the engineering program of the ESB.130152_EtudiantprojetinnovationCESB-PhotoHadrienBrunner.jpg


ESB engineers are trained to value wood and bio-based materials .

Aware that these materials are the answer to environmental and societal challenges , they are committed to designing and building a sustainable future.

Leaders of the teams they supervise, the engineers of the ESB rely on their scientific and technical knowledge and on their managerial skills to carry out the projects they manage.

Specialists in bio-based materials, they use new technologies and proven methods to make choices with optimized impacts.

They are able to put innovation into the processes for which they are responsible, in a broad spectrum of activity sectors (construction, transport, capital goods).

Sensitive to market expectations, they are able to imagine uses and services to make life easier for users.

The sense of the concrete and the collective is developed on the basis of scale 1 projects and experiments ... so many singularities that characterize the engineering program of the ESB

Targeted skills

At the end of the course, the graduate ESB engineer is able to:

  • Integrate into a professional environment / network and understand its complexity.
  • Audit processes and systems and measure their performance.
  • Identify, study and solve problems, find relevant solutions that comply with regulations and implement them.
  • Evaluate the impact of each of the solutions, integrating the economic, organizational, scientific, technical, managerial, societal and environmental dimensions.
  • Contribute to the decision-making process according to a strategy and in particular in the management of a profit center.
  • Manage a project, teams and transmit the values of your company.
  • Promote all aspects related to wood and bio-based materials (technique, use, product life cycle).
  • Identify, respond and anticipate market needs.
  • Establish an approach leading to innovative solutions.
  • Sizing a complex technological system.130154_EtudiantsprojetconstructionboisCESB-PhotoHadrienBrunner.jpg

State recognition

The ESB is accredited by the Commission of the titles of the engineer (CTI) to deliver the diploma of engineer.

The diploma benefits from the EUR-ACE label which validates the conformity of the training with European standards.

Obtaining the ESB engineering diploma confers the master's degree (bac + 5).


Lessons and scenarios

The training is organized around the succession of teaching periods devoted to a subject then periods of implementation.

  • The teaching periods (ENS) correspond to the contribution of knowledge provided in Teaching Units (EU). The lessons can take different forms: courses, practical work, tutorials ... face to face or distance (e-learning).
  • Scenario periods (MES) allow the application of lessons through case studies, projects or workshops. In the case of apprenticeship, the scenarios are carried out in the host companies (ENT).

Individualization of training

Allowing students to individualize their path is a strong axis of the training program.

During schooling, students choose:

  • elective lessons,
  • a second living language,
  • the subjects of certain projects which are left to the initiative of the students,
  • a minor and a major (specialized UE sets) to affirm the professional project,
  • a 2nd minor which will enrich the training profile.
  • the possibility of doing a gap year or a semester with a BSE partner.

The international

Each student-engineer must carry out an international mobility of at least 8 weeks during their schooling.

For students, it is carried out in different ways: internship, semester of study in one of the 38 partner establishments or even a double diploma (Russia, Chile, Switzerland or Brazil).

For apprentices, international mobility takes the form of a company mission at the end of semester 6.130158_AtelierfabricationboisCESB-PhotoHadrienBrunner.jpg

Teaching program

1st year engineer - 60 ECTS

The first semester provides students with the knowledge and skills essential to the whole course: project management, problem-solving methods, knowledge of wood and bio-based materials, basis of the circular economy, basic sciences, communication .

The second semester prepares for the first choices of orientation. During this semester, students discover specialties and digital tools.

Teaching units (EU)

The essentials

  • Integration into the company
  • Problem solving methods
  • Basic sciences
  • Design and implementation of a response to a problem

Wood and bio-based materials

  • Wood and natural fiber sciences
  • Natural performance improvement

Circular economy 1 - Supply and resources

  • Forest and forest products
  • Value chain
  • Inter-semester between campus schools

Professional project

  • Discovery of specialties
  • Wood challenge project

Engineering and digital

  • Instrumentation & data processing
  • Data processing


  • Scientific project
  • Scientific, technological or innovative project

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Intercultural openness
  • Office
  • Introduction to neuroscience
  • Communication and involvement
  • Know-how

Modern languages

  • English
  • LV2

Period in company

8 weeks internship

2nd year engineer - 60 ECTS

This second year is built by the student.

He chooses his first minor from 6 specialties offered (see page 6) and elective courses that will allow him to deepen his knowledge in wood sciences, engineering sciences, digital, production.

Teaching units (EU)

Circular economy 2 - Design

  • Eco-design of bio-based composites
  • Economy and functionality
  • Economics and Management
  • Eco-optimization through life cycle analysis
  • marketing

Circular Economy 3 - End of life recovery

  • Responsible management
  • Supply Chain
  • Recovery - end of life
  • Responsible behavior


Example of lessons to choose from: financial analysis and general economy, instrumentation and automation, wood sciences, basic sciences, biorefinery, CAD / CAM, finite element modeling, wood-based composites, data programming, responsible design, virtual and augmented reality, entrepreneurship , robotics, new manufacturing technologies, electrical engineering.

Minor 1

The minors are a set of UEs centered on a profession. Choose from 6 specialties on offer.


Scientific, technological or innovative projects

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Group dynamic
  • Individual dynamics

Modern languages

  • English
  • LV2

Period in company

8 weeks internship

3rd year engineer - 60 ECTS

The 1st semester is totally dedicated to the deepening of the professional project. Students choose a second minor and a major related to one or the other of the minors followed.

The second semester takes place entirely in a company to carry out a graduation project.

Teaching units (EU)

Minor 2

Choose from specialties


Choose from the specialties:

  • Teachings of the major
  • Major project

Business game

Humanities and Social Sciences

Modern languages

  • English

Period in company

22-week internship

Course outside BSE

It is possible for engineering students (excluding apprenticeship) to follow their 3rd year in another establishment in France or abroad.

3rd year course in France

  • Training in civil engineering - building and architecture option - ESTP (Paris).
  • Forest course - forest management - AgroParistech (Nancy).
  • Master of science management-engineering - Audencia (Nantes).
  • Master in applied mechanical science (SMA) wood course - Centrale Nantes.

International: 4 double degrees

  • Master of Wood Processing Technology - State University of Ural Wood Techniques (UETBO) in Ekaterinburg in Russia.
  • Engineering degree - UFPR in Curitiba, Brazil.
  • Diploma of civil engineer in wood industries - University of Bio-bio (UBB) in Conception in Chile.
  • Master in wood technology - Bern University of Applied Sciences (BHF) in Bienne, Switzerland.

Period in company - internship

The period of in-company training allows the acquisition of skills related to academic training.

It takes the form of an internship for students and in the form of company assignments for apprentices.

Position - process improvement | 1st year

In the first year, the period in business allows you to understand the industrial environment and the formalization of a problem. The student / apprentice observes a work station and suggests improvements.

Industrial study | 2nd year

In the 2nd year, student engineers conduct an industrial improvement study of a process, product or service.

This internship / mission in business checks the ability to correctly pose a problem and to propose solutions from methodological work.

End of studies project | 3rd year

The student engineers are put in the position of project manager. All aspects of training are mobilized to respond to an industrial problem: science, technology, economics, management, innovation.

This internship is the subject of a professional dissertation at the end of studies defended before a jury.130159_BTSSCBHCESB-PhotoHadrienBrunner.jpg


In the 2nd and 3rd year, students choose the lessons necessary for their professional project grouped into minors and majors.

The teachings of majors are a deepening of the teachings of minors.

Development of forest production

This specialty is intended for students who wish to exercise a profession at the forest / industry interface.

Trained engineers are able to harvest forest products in a sustainable development process and to develop this resource.

EU of the minor

  • Inventory
  • Upstream organization

EU major

  • Supply logistics
  • First transformation
  • Harvest marketing

Products and process

Product and process engineers are able to manage the production of wood-based products and contribute to their design.

They make it possible to develop logistics and products.

EU of the minor

  • Eco conception
  • ERP technical data management
  • Machinery investment

EU major

  • Purchase supply
  • Production management
  • Industrial performance
  • QSE

International timber trade

This specialty trains engineers for trading and international trade. They are able to reformulate customer needs and provide relevant answers.

They identify new markets in an international context and allow the company's offer to evolve.

The teachings of this specialty are given in English.

EU of the minor

  • Rights and regulations
  • International finance
  • International Sales and Purchases
  • Wood recognition and classification

EU major

  • Business development
  • Digital business
  • International trade
  • International wood exchanges

Wood construction

Engineers specializing in wood construction manage construction projects using wood and / or bio-based materials.

They are able to integrate constructive solutions using wood and derived products in the building.

This specialty offers two orientations: design office or site management.

EU of the minor

  • Design office design
  • Works management
  • Construction law

EU of the major design office

  • Comfort of the built environment
  • Economy and use
  • Design office
  • Construction and digital

EU of major oriented construction site

  • Comfort of the built environment
  • Economy and use
  • Organization and coordination of works
  • QHSE


Engineers trained in this specialty tackle problem solving with methods that lead to innovative solutions: supply, production, marketing, distribution.

EU of the minor

  • Innovation
  • Technology

EU major

  • Creation
  • Innovation


To discover new knowledge on wood and bio-based materials, R&D engineers are trained in research practices applied to the different stages of the use of these materials: development, optimization, assembly, recycling.

EU of the minor

  • Wood science
  • Wood technology

EU major

  • Analysis and modeling
  • Communication
  • Comfort of the built environment
  • Circular economy
  • Research ecosystem
  • Experimental science

Insertion and placement

Upon graduation, graduates invest in many sectors of activity: construction, housing products, capital goods, environment.

There are many challenges for engineers who wish to imagine, design and deploy innovative solutions that meet the needs of our society in a sustainable manner.

Situation after graduation

Situation of young graduate engineers 4 months after their exit.

  • First job found before leaving school: 76%
  • First job found in less than 2 months: 89%
  • Jobs based abroad: 13%
  • Current jobs found in the host company of the apprenticeship contract (apprentice engineers only): 56%
  • Current jobs from the end of study internship (face-to-face engineers only): 50%
  • Median gross annual salary including bonuses and benefits in France: € 35,800

Jobs and careers

Methods and process engineer

He is responsible for the manufacture of wood or wood-based products (furniture, boating, industrial carpentry, construction products), from the purchase of raw materials to the control of the work performed.

He draws up the workshop production program according to orders and ensures their realization.

He participates in the implementation of production optimization actions.

Quality Engineer

The quality engineer is responsible for the conformity of wood or wood-based products produced by a company, in order to ensure that it has the best possible competitiveness.

It organizes and implements monitoring and quality control procedures: drafting of specifications for calls for tender, tests and comparative studies between participants and audit of selected suppliers.

Works engineer

The works engineer is responsible for the complete management of a site from the establishment of the building on the ground until its reception by the client.

He analyzes the technical file, ensures the supply, draws up the schedules of the various trades and monitors the progress of the work.

He is also responsible for site safety.

Design office engineer

From the architect's plans, the wood structure engineer participates in the pre-sizing of the construction project in order to carry out the costing of the site.

During the execution phase, it calculates the dimensions of the different wood elements to ensure the stability of the building to be constructed, taking into account the constraints (materials used, soil, climatic conditions).

To do this, he creates 3D plans and simulations to test his calculations.

Purchasing and supply engineer

He is the guarantor of the supply of the raw material to the company while respecting the constraints of costs, deadlines and quality (certification).

His knowledge of the material allows him to assess the quality of a product, and possibly coordinate quality tests.

He takes care of the planning and the follow-up of the production and the stocks of raw material, he coordinates the deliveries, supervises the receptions and manages the storage platform of the factory.

Business engineer

Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the material and his commercial skills, the business engineer is the ideal intermediary between the company, which manufactures industrial products and the national / international market.

It is up to him to analyze the needs of his customers and make commercial proposals that will find takers.

During negotiations, his technical skills allow him to respond precisely to the expectations of his interlocutors, to advise them.

AMO HQE Engineer

High environmental quality (HQE) project management assistance engineer

Its job is to support building professionals in an environmental approach, most often associated with obtaining certification.

The AMO HQE intervenes from the programming phase to define the environmental objectives associated with the construction or renovation project.

In the design phase, he assists the team to guarantee the achievement of the targeted performance levels and carries out various studies helping in decision-making.

Site monitoring consists of verifying the environmental impact of the site itself and the achievement of the objectives initially set.

R&D engineer

The research and development engineer ensures technological monitoring, research and development of new materials or processes including wood or derived products in order to promote innovation and the competitiveness of companies in the sector.

Based on the analysis of consumers' expectations, he manages research projects from studying the product to its industrial implementation.

Forest engineer

Logging is the first step in transforming and enhancing forest production.

The engineer in charge of forest management manages all technical and commercial operations allowing the harvesting of timber while respecting the safety and regeneration of the resource.

It guarantees the routing and traceability of the material to primary processing companies (sawmills, panel manufacturing plants, stationery and biomass boilers).

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

ESB was founded in 1934 at the initiative of the French Ministries of Agriculture, National Education and Industry and is one of the French leading higher education institutions specialized in wood sc ... Read More

ESB was founded in 1934 at the initiative of the French Ministries of Agriculture, National Education and Industry and is one of the French leading higher education institutions specialized in wood sciences en technologies. Committed to innovating with wood and biosourced materials, the school has broadened this vision to each of its areas of expertise: training, research, and R&D engineering at the service of companies. Read less