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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 three week program, participants will acquire knowledge and critical skills necessary to enhance their employability for these construction related jobs.

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  • Introduction to Coastal Restoration
  • Pipeline Safety / Trenching
  • Levee and flood gate tour
  • Dredging 101
  • Soft Skills / Job Readiness
  • Local Coastal Expert Lecture
  • OSHA Training
  • Basic Rigging Certification

  • 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.

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to pass a background and drug test at the completion of the program for job placement
  • Be willing and able to work in adverse and inclement weather conditions
  • Be willing to work extended hours away 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
  • Successfully complete an 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Level 1 Excavator Training = 28 hours
  • Level 2 Marsh Buggy Training = 18 hours


Drones (optional add-on)

Drones are being used across a wide range of industries and uses, from analyzing nutrients in fields in agriculture to inspecting pipelines in the energy industry. Prepare yourself to take the FAA Part 107 Exam, required to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for hire. This curriculum incorporates safety best practices while providing you with the knowledge and tools necessary to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate. You will spend 40 hours with self-paced best practices curriculum with an additional 16 hours of face-to-face instruction including flight time with various UAS systems. Note: Cost of the course does not include the cost of Completion of the FAA 107 exam at an authorized testing center.


Financial and job placement assistance may be available!

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