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     Date Submitted:28-02-2010
     Last Modified:09-07-2013 (03:16)
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     Current job:Project Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Space Tourism
     Keywords- MSc in Astronautics and Space engineering (UK) - Mechanical Engineering Diploma (France) - 4 years' experience in the Space industry as a Mechanical and Computation Engineer - Project Engineering experience in an international environment.

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer


    Project Management: 

    Performed planning, group animations, trainings and contracts follow-up

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (design – computation – testing):

    Designed and validated mechanisms and structures. Analysed and modelled problems and proposed technical solutions and possible improvements


    Successfully worked in teams or with a large autonomy in international environments. Able to animate meetings, perform reporting, realise oral presentations and write technical documents




    Dec 2011 - May 2013      /      Shanghai (China)

    PSA Peugeot Citroen SA – Project Engineer

    Worked within PSA to provide support to the vehicle project teams:

    • Supported the Vehicle Technical Managers by providing training and project standards
    • Helped the French support team in the review, translation and adaptation of the technical referential and of the skills assessment matrix
    • Provided assistance in the redaction of engineering contracts (Joint-Ventures / PSA)
    • Performed trainings on PSA standards to JV employees in Shenzhen and Wuhan
    • Animated a monthly meeting with Vehicle Technical Managers to provide updates, gather lesson learnt and encourage cross project exchanges

    Oct. 2010 - Sept. 2011  And  Sept. 2006 - July 2007      /      Bordeaux area  (France)

    EADS Astrium Space Transportation – Mechanical Design Engineer

    Worked twice in the same mechanical design department of this aerospace company, on the upper part of future launchers

    Latest experience (2010-2011):

    • Designed a payload ejection mechanism required to hold and eject upon command a payload located under the fairing of a future optimized launcher (military project)
    • Organized creativity meetings, made analytical models and proposed physical testing and computation validations to justify the soundness of the designed mechanism
    • Proposed an optimized material selection method
    First experience (2006-2007):
    • Studied the mass budget and inertia of the upper part (military launcher)
    • Studied payload ejection systems (mechanisms design)
    • Performed the upstream phase of a research project which aimed at designing a shock-less inter-stages separation system (civilian project)


    Jan. 2009 - June 2010      /      Bordeaux Area (France)

    SAFRAN - SNECMA Propulsion Solide – Computation Engineering (FE analyses)

    Realized Thermo-mechanical FE analyses to justify the structural soundness of a composite material fan for a civilian plane engine (CFM56 – Leap X):

    • Built models and analysed results using MSC.MARC (code) and Mentat (post-processor)


    Aug. 2005     /      Saint-Etienne (France)

    GARLOCK France – Blue Collar Work Placement (production)

    Took part in the production of hi-technology seals for the automotive & aerospace industries



    June 2013 (Current)      /      Shanghai (China)

    Language institute – Mandarin Intensive classes

    Sept. 2007 - Sept. 2008      /      Cranfield (UK)

    Cranfield University – MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering

    Studied space engineering at Cranfield through space related courses (propulsion, composites, system engineering …). This knowledge was put into practice through a group project and thesis 

    • MSC Thesis: “Sensitivity of the Shape of a Micropenetrator on its Impact Performance”. The research thesis. Used Smoothed Particles Hydrodynamic computations. Worked six months as a computation engineer in the Crashworthiness laboratory of Cranfield University
    • Group Design Project: The team’s project was to design a Space Tug, a satellite able to service and/or remove dead satellites from the geostationary orbit. Took the responsibility for the definition of the mission profile (orbits) and the choice of a launcher

    Sept. 2004 - June 2008      /      Brest (France)

    ENSIETA (now ENSTA Bretagne) – Mechanical Engineering

    Studied mechanical engineering at ENSIETA, an engineering school which confers the title of engineer; equivalent to five years of university studies

    • Main subjects: Theoretical mechanics, thermal, materials, CAD, power transmission…
    • Other subjects: economy, marketing … applied in an “entrepreneurship” group project
    • Group Design Projects: Applied knowledge in teams. Ex: Designed the architecture of a scout robot for a competition organized by the French military
    • Particular achievement: Selected, based on academic performances, to benefit from two opportunities offered by the school: a professional gap year between the two last years (EADS Astrium) and the attendance of the last year in a foreign university (Cranfield)


    Sept. 2001 - June 2004      /      Lyon (France)

    Classes Préparatoires MP (Maths and Physics)

    Preparing for highly competitive exams for entrance in the French “Grandes écoles”. Advanced courses in Mathematics and Physics. Specialization in Computer Science


    Sept. 2000

    June 2001 Baccalauréat S (high school diploma) – Major in Mathematics, obtained with honors



    French: Mother tongue
    English: Fluent (studied in England)
    Spanish: Intermediate (5 years studies)
    Mandarin: Beginner (HSK2: 181/200)
    (Preparing HSK3)



    MS Office, VBA, CAD (CATIA V5), FE Analysis codes and pre-post processors software




    Visited several countries for various the purpose of language learning, employment, voluntary work (Ukraine) and tourism



    Currently practicing Dancesport. Was an active member of sports clubs for years in the past (handball, cross-country running, scuba diving, jujitsu, taijitsu)

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