A day in the life of a submarine designer

It’s 8am and French lead naval architect Gerard Autret clocks on for a day at work at the DCNS Group. But this is no ordinary job. Mr Autret designs submarines, including those that will be built as part of Australia’s recently announced $50 billion future submarine program.

The job is a dream come true for a man who grew up near the coast in Brittany, France, in a town called Brest, where the French Navy has a large base.

As a youngster Mr Autret would gaze at the aircraft carrier and hear about the submarines based at Brest, thrilled by the naval architecture on his doorstep. It was only natural that he’d go on to engineering school, where he trained to be a Naval Engineer.

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Science Network Western Australia
Samille Mitchell
5 July 2016