Back in the 80’s while on strike, I took a job as Chief Electrician on the TS Empire State. While it did not pay the best, it kept me in the NYC area and with the Strike that was important to me. I worked there for just shy of three years.
The thing that I enjoyed the most was teaching (or trying to teach) the Cadets how to work on shipboard systems. As a Diesel guy, I was also able to lend a hand when it came to working on the Aux Diesels.
Now that I’m retired and look back this would have been one of the top few jobs that I actually enjoyed.
One of the other would be working on the New York State Canals. Back in the 70’s that was a cool job.
This industry changed drastically in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez. The amount of regulations that came out were more about panic management rather than actually making anything safer and all of them sucked all the fun out of sailing.