At its Vitrolles site, Safran Engineering Services is rapidly expanding its activities in the aerospace and energy sectors.
Established for more than 30 years in the south-east of France, Safran Engineering Services is a long-standing partner of Airbus Helicopters and has recently become active in the energy sector. In response to its increasing level of activity, the Vitrolles site is expanding. Florent Geneste, its director, here discusses the company's projects and the employee profiles that are being sought in the south-east of France.
What are the main activities of the Vitrolles site?
F.G.: We have been working for a long time with Airbus Helicopters but also with other Safran companies and more recently in the energy sector. Our expertise lies above all in the electrical sector: definition, design, routing, layout and manufacturing support for electrical interconnection systems. Our engineers are also specialists in aerostructure: design and mechanical calculation, vibration, engine performance. etc. Finally, we also offer services in the area of definition of embedded systems. We design and approve the definitions of equipment that are to be installed on aircraft such as radio, communication or lighting systems.
What type of projects are you working on currently?
F.G.: We are involved in all Airbus Helicopters programs, whether they be part of the civil or military range. In particular, we are highly active when it comes to the Super Puma and the latest model, the H160. In the energy sector, we are working for EDF in partnership with the Ortec Group on the management of nuclear power station modification programs. We also do work for Safran Aircraft Engines, providing support for engine tests and electromagnetic compatibility tests. We are also expanding in the area of comprehensive integration of modifications services for helicopter fleet operators. Our projects are very diverse and focused on the technologies of the future.
What sort of skills profiles are you looking for?
F.G.: We want to strengthen our teams and our skills in all our areas of activity. We are looking for candidates with prior experience in system design, dependability (RAMS), electrical and electrotechnical systems — committed and motivated people, like the 150 people who already work at our Vitrolles site. They will be joining a dynamic company with a strong team spirit, as well as a large industrial group, Safran, in which there will be opportunities for them to progress rapidly