Professional Training Program

The primary purpose of the Professional Training Program is to prepare young people for working in boating (both leisure and racing), boat maintenance, etc. Courses of approximately 96 lesson-hours are intended for males and females aged between 16 and 24 years. This course occurs three times a week, with two lessons dedicated to specific professional initiation and one for swimming or sailing. The classes present individual or collective works at the end of each semester.

Work methodology demands that all students enrolled are interviewed by the psycho-pedagogic team so as to provide better guidance for the courses offered. This interview also serves to obtain greater insight into each student to better assess the most appropriate courses, apprenticeships and job opportunities for the individual.

Partnerships with various government and private institutions have allowed Project Grael to expand its horizons. Many courses and workshops are offered to further the students’ instruction. Supplementary activities range from MAC (Junior Deckhand) and Amateur Sailmaster courses (which are the licenses required to work aboard and pilot small vessels, respectively) to part- time or temporary jobs in yacht clubs, marinas, ship/boat yards, and other companies of the nautical sector. Furthermore, the Project Grael team often finds places for many students in the nautical workplace.

Fiberglass

This course is intended to provide the necessary skills for young people wishing to work with fiberglass boat- building and teaches them the main processes involved including mold- making, lamination and repairs. The knowledge acquired also provides skills required for other production areas. This course was implemented in response to the lack of institutions for teaching and training professionals in this field.

Sailmaking

The main purpose of this course is to develop the specialized skills needed to make and repair sails, boat covers, canvas cockpit cushions, bags and flags, amongst other items. The knowledge acquired further allows the skills to be applied to other areas, such as residential awnings and marquees.

Outboard Motor Mechanics

This course provides the student with a working knowledge of both 4 and 2 stroke outboard motors and their operation, repair and maintenance.

Marine Engine Mechanics

During this course, the student is taught to understand the working of diesel engines generally fitted to small vessels and the power transmission systems used in sailing boats and motor launches. As vehicle diesel engines possess similar mechanics, the acquired knowledge may also be applied to truck and bus engines. /p>

Marine Refrigeration

The course has the objective of providing a student with the necessary skills to install, perform preventive maintenance and repair refrigerators, freezers and the air conditioning units used aboard motor launches.

Marine Electronics

The student becomes a certified assistant electrician for onboard electrical and electronic installations of motor launches and sailing boats during a period of 6 to 12 months. Following this apprenticeship, he may progress to full marine electrician.

Naval Carpentry

In this course are taught carpentry techniques for making and repairing furniture for domestic boats, as well as, the building of small wooden boats.




 

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