Industry of the future: the new playground for data scientists

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If you could work for any company, which one would you choose? This is more or less the question that data specialists need to answer today. The profiles of data scientist, data engineer or data manager are highly sought after in all industries and these professionals have many options in terms of their career guidance. And pay, although organizations offer more than attractive conditions today, is far from their only criterion. Modernity of the technological environment, prospects for development or quality of life at work, candidates examine every aspect of the vacancy offered. In this recruitment war, manufacturers can do well.

Create value with data

“The aeronautics industry has always been at the forefront of production methods and today the data will change habits,” says Hugo Lafolly, a specialist in talent acquisition at Safran. For a data expert, establishing the industry of the future is THE challenge. The group, which designs and produces engines and equipment for airplanes, helicopters and rockets, aims to place the data at the center of its entire production cycle. “Design, performance evaluation, part quality, equipment maintenance and repair, all stages of the chain can be optimized with data mining and machine learning,” says David Faria, Data Science Manager at Safran Analytics . It is for this reason that data scientists are in direct contact with companies and answer very specific industrial questions. »

David’s team, for example, stepped in to help increase the pace of a production line. To do this, it collected and analyzed data from machines and parts in order to measure the impact of changes in parameters on quality. An approach that made it possible to identify the best configuration to produce faster without increasing the number of defective parts. Therefore, the data is used to improve internal processes, but also the service provided to customers. Safran is working with an airline to retrieve data from an engine gondola system. This data is analyzed using a deep learning algorithm that will detect abnormal behavior and recommend maintenance operations if necessary. “The data allows us to be much more proactive and, therefore, add value to our customers,” says David Faria.

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An infinite field of exploration

To support its digital transformation, Safran has added advanced technological tools to its industrial production tool. An expert in open source, the group has created a state-of-the-art internal platform, using languages ​​and frames of reference such as Python, Hadoop or Spark, and offering its data scientists everything they need to explore data, create virtual ones. machines, develop applications, share your work with companies, etc. To facilitate collaboration and the exchange of good practice, data specialists also have access to an internal network of experts, who can offer them advice and experience on tools or methods to advance their projects.

“This collaborative aspect is very important,” insists Hugo Lafolly. Obviously, we are looking for technical excellence in Safran, but the data scientist is also someone who has to understand business issues and therefore work with people who are not computer professionals. Currently, the group has about thirty open positions in the data professions, both for junior and experienced profiles. “We have a very wide internal training offer with the campus of the University of Safran”, continues the person in charge of contracting. Our specialists can reinforce both their technical knowledge and their soft skills, to evolve in both responsibilities and skills ”.

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Designing tomorrow’s aviation

With 13 subsidiaries and a presence in more than 60 centers in France, Safran offers a wide range of opportunities, whether in terms of geographical mobility, job change or professional development. “Each affiliate works in their own areas of expertise, the topics of study for a data scientist are almost endless within the group,” says David Faria. Industry is a sector where you can innovate, open new paths and imagine the future. The future of aviation is taking shape today and our teams have the opportunity to be part of the adventure. ”

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