Study track: Water and sanitation engineering (GASTE)

Thanks to the vocational Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, you can become a true expert in different fields and learn how to:

  • Set up a treatment plant for urban, industrial or agricultural waters,
  • Adapt to any system treatment system and optimise it. Master water and sludge treatment (biological and physicochemical treatment),
  • Set up a preventative maintenance schedule. Implement a corrective equipment maintenance system: detect and identify any kind of malfunction in order to rectify it,
  • Conduct analyses(pH, alkalinity, turbidity, TOC, TOD, BOD, COD…) correctly using the proper tools, both on-site and in a lab (using samples),
  • Understand the concepts of hydraulics, water supply network layout and professional geomatics software,
  • Understand the regulations and management styles of different water purification services.

Potential careers (non exhaustive list) :

  • Water treatment plant manager, for either drinking water or industrial and urban waste water. 
  • Manager of a maintenance service for water treatment plants.
  • Technical executive in a sanitation consultancy company 
  • Technical executive in water treatment planning 
  • Supervisor in operations management.


  • Water treatment
  • Geomatics and modelling
  • Regulations and actors in the water sector, environmental management
  • English
  • Hydraulics
  • Analysis equipment and techniques
  • Automation and remote management
  • Electrical engineering
  • Factory and water supply network sensors
  • Communication, corporate culture
  • Water chemistry
  • Energy consumption and production
  • Civil Engineering

A two-part structure:

From September to December, students are divided into four teaching facilities:

  • LEGTPA Louis Pasteur La Canourgue (Initial education, work-study programme and Continuing education)
  • ENIL de Mamirolle (Work-study programme and Continuing education)
  • Lycée Théodore Monod-Le Rheu (Work-study programme and Continuing education)
  • SAUT Water Academy – Nîmes (Work-study programme)

From January to March:

  • The Sète Chemistry Department at the IUT Montpellier-Sète (all students).

Course length: 475 hours + 125 hours working on projects

Work-study programme

The course starts in September and lasts a year.

In total, 18 weeks of classes and 34 weeks working for a company, with a schedule of 4 to 5 weeks studying,

4 weeks in the company (followed by full-time work within the company starting at the end of March).

You will earn 60 European credits (ECTS) upon graduating from this degree.

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After the course:

Survey conducted among the 2017 graduates:

  • 6 months after graduation, 78% of graduates seeking to enter the workforce had found a job, 54% of which in open-ended contracts.

Survey conducted among the 2016 graduates:

  • 18 months after graduation, 100% of graduates seeking to enter the workforce had found a job, 73% of which in open-ended contracts.

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