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08 March 2021 Human ressources Corporate social responsibility Defense Naval Story

Leading ship installations, taking decisions on a tactical situation: these are acquired skills! The engineers working at the Simulation department design and develop equipment for the training and coaching of seamen. This profession is not defined by gender! Julie Jageneau, a Software Developer-Integrator, proves just this.

Julie, aged 29, has been working as a Software Developer-Integrator with the Simulation Division at the site of Angoulême-Ruelle since 2018.  With both engineers and technicians working at the Simulators department, its employees design and develop the equipment destined for use in training courses and crew training, both for operating installations and tactics. Built to be identical to those on board, the simulators enable crews to be trained before taking to sea: an essential function for the safety of seamen and the ship itself!

“My role is to specify, develop and qualify software that will then be integrated into a complete system”, explains Julie, who is tasked with these missions on the ESPADON programme (simulated training to naval operations action procedures) the tactical simulator for surface ships.

IT and mathematics: the winning combination

This profession is at the crossroads of IT and mathematical logic, two fields that Julie naturally gravitated towards when she made her career choices: “My interest in maths led me to take a degree in Engineering Science and Technology. During my studies, I became really interested in IT and the logic-technical aspect got me hooked! I finished with a Master's degree in Digital Content Engineering in Companies that I did as a work-study qualification.” Her remark: “Very few women make this type of career choice”, Julie replies: “It’s true that few students move towards this type of profession,” despite the fact that it is not gender-specific! ” Only 35 % of those working in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are women. Things are moving forward little by little and it’s for the best. Diversity of profiles is a real plus for companies!” 

Discovering naval defence

Following an initial professional experience as a developer at SCUB in the world of insurance, Julie turned to Naval Group and discovered the world of naval defence. “I’m from Angoulême so I obviously knew Naval Group, but the nature of the group’s activities and professions were somewhat vague to me. Even after two years, I am still in awe at the technical nature of our products and I am proud of the work that we carry out!  On top of that, the Simulations department offers the opportunity to work with the latest technologies, which I find enthralling!”