ENSTA Bretagne : formation d'ingénieur en systèmes pyrotechniques

Pyrotechnic Systems

Engineers in this major learn to analyze and design pyrotechnic devices and to integrate them into mechanical systems, taking into account phenomenological and regulatory constraints related to the use of energetic materials.
Career prospects

Study, design or research engineer in the defense, aerospace or automotive sectors; risk management. 

Course content:

•    Shock waves and detonation
•    Combustion
•    Digital methods
•    Self-propulsion
•    etc.

Program strengths
ENSTA Bretagne : formation d'ingénieur en pyrotechnie et propulsion, décollage du lanceur Vega
CNES/ESA/Arianespace/Optique Vidéo CSG, 2016
Earn a double degree

Alongside this major, students can pursue the Master in Engineering Science jointly offered by ENSMA and the University of Poitiers, majoring in Aeronautic and Land Transport and opting for the Combustion specialization track .

Career prospects in numerous industries

The Pyrotechnic Systems major prepares graduates for jobs in the defense, aerospace, ICST and automotive sectors, pyrotechnic device development and industrial risk prevention.

Strong ties with industry and research

An on-campus research team at the IRDL (Institut de Recherche Dupuy De Lôme) lab studies the effects of pyrotechnic phenomena and their reactions in various environments (reduction of underwater explosion impacts by bubble curtains, or attenuation of a shock wave by aqueous foam, for example). The campus is equipped with ample testing equipment, such as Split-Hopkinson pressure bars, shock tubes, a Taylor gun, etc. 

A one-of-a-kind program in France

ENSTA Bretagne is the only school in France to deliver pyrotechnic training that covers the full range of energetic materials and propulsion system design.

The courses in this major equip students with the theoretic framework they require to understand pyrotechnic phenomena.

The exposure of pyrotechnic substances such as explosives, powder and propellants to high temperatures generates pressures which have an explosive effect on the surrounding area in generally very short periods of time.

Students develop skills in designing mechanical systems that can withstand these specific physical conditions while also learning about regulations, security and risk management.

Engineers graduating from this major are able to design propulsion systems and pyromechanisms for aerospace or military applications. They are also able to study the reactions of structures undergoing dynamic stresses such as impacts and explosions.


Nicole Pouliquen
Admissions Coordinator (French students)
+33 (0)2 98 34 87 01


Johanna OGON
Erasmus+ Coordinator
+33 (0)2 98 34 87 30