Alice

Trainee Research & Development engineer  
Lyon
Engineering school - Polytech Clermont-Ferrand (speciality in physical engineering and energy)

Presentation

Following my scientific baccalauréat, I did a two-year preparatory class in mathematics at the Polytech Lyon engineering school. I then pursued my studies for a further three years at the Polytech Clermont-Ferrand engineering school, where I obtained a master’s degree in physical engineering and energy.

In order to finalise my master’s, I carried out a six-month end-of-study work placement at COMAP, from February to July 2018.

My daily work at COMAP

At COMAP, I studied how to optimise energy input to heating transmitters (radiators, underfloor heating and cooling systems, ceiling heating and cooling), while ensuring good thermal comfort for occupants. The aim was to analyse the input for underfloor heating or heating ceilings compared to radiators, the comfort obtained with each type of heating, the advantages of different regulators (connected radiator heads, thermostatic radiator heads …) etc.

My work placement was in two parts: bibliographic research followed by tests in COMAP’s biclimatic chamber in Lyon, to simulate the performance of different solutions in real conditions.

In what way your work at COMAP will contribute for your future career?

My internship at COMAP was my first professional experience in R&D. The different roles within the Research, Innovation & Development team gave me a wide overview in terms of knowledge and expertise, which was very interesting. I was also able to plan and carry out a complete project, which helped me to prepare for my future projects in other positions.

What is your best memory of your internship?

I particularly enjoyed the two-day visit to COMAP’s Abbeville factory with the whole RID team. We visited the site and held a half-year team meeting. More generally, I note the warm welcome and the good atmosphere in the department, which facilitated my integration and made this first professional experience a very satisfying one.

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