Foundations of Coastal Studies

Program Overview

Fletcher Technical Community College is offering individuals the opportunity to upskill or re-train for coastal restoration and protection jobs in the Bayou region. Through an accelerated program, participants will acquire knowledge and critical skills necessary to enhance their employability for these construction related jobs.

The training covers a variety of topics including:

  • Basics of Coastal Restoration and Protection; Equipment for Coastal Projects
  • Safety
  • Pipelines
  • Endangered Species
  • Vegetation and Soil Types
  • Dredging
  • Trenching
  • Soft Skills / Job Readiness

Candidates must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Education in a technical field such as automotive, oil and gas, millwright, etc.
  • Proven mechanical background; farming equipment, car rebuilds, repairs, boats, industrial and construction machinery
  • Classified as a veteran or retired military personnel
  • Mechanical technician or operator working with a crane, forklift, heavy equipment, etc.

Candidates must also:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to pass a background and drug test at the completion of the program
  • Be willing and able to work in adverse and inclement weather conditions.
  • Be willing to work extended hours from home if needed.
  • Sign a document committing to attend all classes on time and treat the training as a job-site adhering to all established policies and procedures
  • Submit a resume outlining relevant work history and education
  • Complete OSHA training (available at Fletcher)
  • Successfully complete the interview process

This training is part of Fletcher Technical Community College Workforce Solution’s Water Management/Coastal Restoration and Protection Institute. Partial funding for this program and scholarships provided by Restore Act (applies only to Foundations of Coastal Studies).


Airboat (optional add-on)

Learn to safely operate a vessel in shallow waters.

Applicants Must

  • Have a boating license with no violations in the last 12 months
  • Have some experience operating an outboard boat
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be willing and able to work in adverse and inclement weather conditions and work in waterways, marsh areas, etc.

Curriculum Overview 40 hours/5 day course

  • Introduction to airboat nomenclature, safety concerns, risk assessment/management
  • Pre-start, Troubleshooting, and common malfunctions
  • Basic operation, Load influences
  • Operational hazards, Surface identifications, Dangers
  • Night operations
  • Maintenance, field repairs, crew and passenger safety
  • Trailering, wet and dry launches, recoveries Wind, current, weather considerations
  • First Aid/CPR certification


Marsh Buggy (optional add-on)

Learn to safely operate amphibious vehicles specifically designed to crisscross over a swampy, boggy terrain.

Applicants Must

  • Have a minimum of 6 months experience in construction/mechanics/operator/oil & gas industry
  • Have at least 6 months of equipment operation experience
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must pass drug and background tests
  • Be willing and able to work in adverse and inclement weather conditions (heat/humidity, cold, light rain, etc.) and work in waterways, marsh areas, etc.

Curriculum Overview Level 1 and 2 combined training = 50 hours
Level 1 Excavator Training = 28 hours

Level 2 Marsh Buggy Training = 18 hours

Financial and job placement assistance may be available!

For more information, contact Workforce Solutions at:
985-448-7938 |