Every year, it trains approximately 180 general engineers and generally recruits its students through the Concours Commun Mines Ponts competitive entrance exams. ENSTA Bretagne is partly a military academy for engineers because it trains engineers for the armed forces, although nowadays the majority (80%) of trainees are civilians. The ENSTA Bretagne is located in Brest, France.
Created in 1819, the Maistrance (petty officer) schools were reorganized over the years into two levels of training. The schools of higher education, situated in Brest and Toulon took the name of “Ecoles Normales de Maistrance” in 1868. When the school in Toulon closed, Brest became the Ecole Superieure de Maistrance in 1877 then the Ecole Technique Superieure des Constructions Navales in 1912. The Ecole Technique Supérieure de l’Artillerie Navale was created in Toulon in 1928. These two schools form the Ecoles Techniques Superieures de la Marine (ETSM). They were accredited to deliver engineering diplomas in 1934. In 1841, the Toulon school was closed and the Brest Ecole Technique Supérieure des Constructions Navales was the only surviving school. It joined forces with the graduate schools in land armaments and aeronautics in 1971 to form the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs des Etudes et Techniques d’Armement (ENSIETA). Instituted by decree on 17 June 1975, at first it taught on 2 sites, Brest and Arcueil, before merging onto the Brest site in 1986.
Originally exclusively dedicated to training military engineers to the requirements of the French Ministry of Defense, the school was progressively opened up to civilian students from 1988. The number of civilian students increased dramatically in the 1990s in parallel with the military cutbacks linked to restructuring plans.
In December 2000, ENSIETA changed its name to ENSTA Bretagne and became a founder member of the ENSTA Group along with ENSTA ParisTech. This group aims to receive other high level student engineers as part of its development plans.
On 2 February 2017, the directors of IMT Atlantique and ENSTA Bretagne signed a partnership agreement between the two establishments in the presence of the Minister for Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The agreement aims to establish coordinated activities in the short and long term, covering training (especially through student exchanges between the 2 schools), research, innovation, internationalization and the creation of an engineering center of excellence and reference.
ENSTA Bretagne is an administrator of the « France Energies Marines » and competitivity clusters « Mer Bretagne Atlantique » and « iD4car ». ENSTA Bretagne is also an administrator of the Université Bretagne-Loire (UBL). ENSTA Bretagne is also a member of the competitivity clusters “Images et Réseaux” and “EMC2”. Finally, since December 2010, the school is a founder member of the ENSTA Group.
There are generally 180 students in a year (85% civilian and 15% military) who are mostly recruited through the Mines Télécom competitive entry exams. ENSTA Bretagne engineering degrees are accredited by the Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI) and have been certified EURACE (European label given by the CTI).