IRUP – ISTP

Understanding, acting, innovating
The IRUP – ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training has been working with companies of the nuclear sector for over 20 years in fields as varied as maintenance, dismantling, construction, and services, for nuclear power plants and fuel cycle facilities. Around 1600 students attended courses over the past two decades.
This long experience has enabled us to develop a wide range of training programs.
Our programs train skilled workers, advanced technicians, and engineers. Our technicians receive training in construction site management, mechanics, I&C, non-destructive testing, valve operation and can access intermediary management positions such as general foreman, integrated service supervisor, and radiation protection manager.
Our commitments in terms of quality assurance and sustainable development, as well as our ISO 9001, CEFRI-F, and CIN (EDF) certifications, testify for our dedication to customer satisfaction and innovation. Companies—whether they are large corporations or SMEs, are involved both in training design for their employees’ continuing education—and in the definition of certification criteria for the degrees awarded by IRUP and Saint-Etienne Graduate School of Engineering.
This constitutes the trademark of lifelong learning programs at IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training. Our collaboration with and commitment to companies also translate into tangible support actions. Our engineers work together with companies to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and productivity.

 
Training

NUCLEAR TRAINING FACILITIES

The IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training trains students at two nuclear training facilities designed to provide today’s nuclear industry professionals with the required skills: radiation, protection, quality, safety, pressurized water reactor, work within controlled area. With the Campus Industriel where they are located in Saint-Etienne (France), IRUP and ISTP have access to 75,350 sq ft dedicated to training including 13,000 sq ft of workshops (welding, valves, robotics, operational excellence, etc.).

 

AWARDS

In 2013, the IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training was awarded the Yves Chellet Prize for its commitment to nuclear education and training. The Master’s of Engineering in Nuclear Facilities Engineering was awarded the Nuclear Training Award for on-the-job training and many other of our programs were nominated in the apprenticeship category.
In the past 5 years, students from IRUP and ISTP were awarded the Fem’Energia prize, from EDF, WIN France, and WIN Europe for their training paths in the nuclear field and recently, students from ISTP won the French INNOVATOME and I4N (Innovation for Nuclear) International contest with their SyMon project.

 

NETWORKS

The IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training is involved in several networks, among which IFARE, COPSAR and SFEN, WIN, Nuclear Valley, ENEN (European Nuclear Education Network) and I2EN. It is also linked to Birmingham and Cork universities for European mobility.

 

TRAINING PATHS

Our vocational preparation to nuclear professions program trains job-seekers who wish to undergo retraining and turn to the nuclear industry. It is a preparatory qualifying program.
Accreditations: SCN1 (Common nuclear knowledge – level 1), RP1 (radiation protection – level 1) and CSQ (safety and quality).

Our maintenance and nuclear logistics technician program trains young high school graduates in one year to become technicians in maintenance, civil engineering, logistics, and dismantling. It is a qualifying program.
Accreditations: SCN1, RP1, CSQ, crane operator and electrician certifications.

Our maintenance technician specialized in nuclear sites program offers 3 specializations: valves, electrical mechanics, and pipes. It trains young high school graduates in two years to become operations supervisor. The program leads to a vocational certificate delivered by IRUP.
Accreditations: SCN 1 and 2, RP 1 and 2, crane operator, electrician, and occupational first-aid certifications.

Our maintenance supervisor in nuclear environment program offers 2 career paths: general engineering or civil engineering. It trains in one year Associate’s degree holders for team supervision and to coordinate maintenance, dismantling, and decommissioning works. They can also aim at technical assistant positions. The program leads to a vocational certificate.
Accreditations: SCN 1 and 2, RP 1 and 2, CSQ.

Our operations supervisor in nuclear environment program offers 2 career paths: general engineering or civil engineering. It trains in one year Associate’s degree holders to become chemistry technicians, account officers, or intervention specialists. The program leads to a vocational certificate.
Accreditation : HN3.

Our Master’s of Engineering in nuclear facilities engineering is jointly run by Mines Saint-Etienne (Saint-Etienne Graduate School of Engineering) and INSTN (see p. 62). It is a three-year program for future engineers. It leads to a Master’s of Engineering degree delivered by Mines Saint-Etienne.
Accreditations: SCN1, RP1, CSQ.

Key figures

1,600

students trained since 1997

 

1,339

graduates since 1997

 

200

partner companies

 

70%

of our students are employed in the company where they did their apprenticeships after graduating

 

12

training programs from high school diplomas to Master’s of Engineering and certificates

 

100%

professional integration