Do you love the sea but don't want to take to the sea? Well yes, it is possible, thanks to an arsenal of training courses preparing for exciting jobs. What are they, how to access them, in which types of establishments to enroll, etc.? We take stock.
Don't believe everything you hear. Jobs in the sea can be practiced not only on land, but also after having followed a two, three or even five year course after the baccalaureate. If you want to start with a CAP, it is also possible. It all depends on your project!
Training for the maritime professions before the baccalaureate
For young people whose objective is to find a job quickly, the vocational path is the best choice. The first level of qualification is the CAP.
Accessible after the ninth grade, it is prepared in two years, in a CFA or in one of the twelve maritime vocational high schools located on the different coasts of France.
It is thus possible to follow courses related to renovation and construction. On the menu, the CAP (vocational training certificate) for marine carpenters, carpenter installers, pleasure boat maintenance repairers, pleasure boat repairers, etc.
Once they have obtained their CAP, students can either go on to the BP (brevet professionnel), which lasts two years and is prepared exclusively through apprenticeship, or enter the first year of secondary school to prepare for a professional baccalaureate.
There is a choice of courses: Maritime Industrial Equipment Maintenance, Marine Electromechanic, Maritime Business Management, Plastics and Composites, etc. Further studies are possible.
Sea-related professions: 2-year courses after the Bac
While it is of course preferable to have a professional or technological baccalaureate in the specialty, with a general baccalaureate (whatever the specialty), you will be able to access a wide range of professions. However, in most cases, you will need to plan for a year's study.
The BTS is the most popular short course, which can be prepared in two years, in order to complete a course of study and broaden a field of professional activities.
The best known is certainly the Maritime BTS, which has two specialties: Maintenance of electro-naval systems (MASEN), which allows students to work as technicians in charge of monitoring and maintaining electronic installations.
The BTS (technical diploma) in computer science, control and command, and the BTS in fishing and marine environment management (PGEM), which is designed to train technicians in the fields of fishing and marine environment management.
Another possibility is the three BTS: Design and Industrialization in Shipbuilding offered by the UIMM Bretagne training center in Lorient, for example; Design and Production in Industrial Boilermaking prepared at the IUMM Brest training center; and International Multimodal Transport and Port Logistics Manager available at ITIP Marseille.
Finally, there are a few GOALS, such as Logistics and Transport Management.
Professional training courses from Bac+3 to Bac+5 to train for the sea trades
If you opt for university, you can, for example, aim for the one-year professional licenses, accessible after a Bac+2, Shipbuilding Industry or Industry (shipbuilding and maritime industry) offered by the University of Southern Brittany in Lorient.
There are also 5 years of higher education available, such as the Master's degree in Maritime and Port Business Management at the IAE in Perpignan.
Engineering schools are not to be outdone, with ESITC Caen offering a specialized Master's degree in maritime and port works and ENSTA Bretagne a specialized Master's degree in naval and offshore architecture.
The same approach is being taken by business schools, such as EM Normandie, which offers the MSc International Logistics and Port Management.
This course," explains Mame Gningue, academic director and teacher-researcher in logistics and supply chain management, "is rare because it enables the acquisition of skills in three areas: international logistics, international transport and port management.
The courses are 100% in English and are professional in nature. The sector is very dynamic and the professional integration of graduates is 100%.
Studyrama Hélène Dorey