ENSTA Bretagne : formation humaine et militaire des aspirants IETA

Claire, a graduate in Pyrotechnics and Propulsion, class of 2011

02 March 2021
Having graduated from ENSTA Bretagne in 2011, Claire is now in charge of pyrotechnic safety within Naval Group. She tells us about her background and her daily life.
Class of 2011
In charge of pyrotechnic safety

What has your professional career been since leaving ENSTA Bretagne?

I found my first job during my end-of-studies internship (PFE). It was a position at CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). I worked there for a little over 2 years on different sites. Then, in 2014, I was hired at Naval Group (formerly DCNS). I am currently in my third position at Naval Group.

What position do you now hold? What does your work involve?

Today, I am responsible for the pyrotechnic safety of various surface ships and submarines. I have a very cross-disciplinary position, on different programmes. I have to ensure that ordnance or weapons can be taken on board as safely as possible and in accordance with the customer's expectations. So my work has a direct impact on the ship's design.

What appeals to you about this job? And in your professional field?

I love the extremes of the pyrotechnics world. A very high technicality of certain products alongside pragmatism and common sense: for example, you don't weld next to a missile in a ship! And I love this connection with the sea that I have always had.

A word for future women engineers graduating from ENSTA Bretagne?

DARE! Don't hold back, you're perfectly competent and well prepared. And join the "Elles bougent" association of which the school is a partner.