[QUOTE=cajaya;180659]Then under that it says:
*** Complete any items in paragraph (a)(4) of this section not previously satisfied.
Paragraph (a)(4) lists a bunch of [I]approved[/I] training courses you have to take. Most of them are pretty standard, however…there are no coast guard approved courses called “Control systems” or “Electrical machinery and basic electronics” that I am aware of…
The last thing I wanted to say is that, well I don’t know you and you are probably a great person an all, but I have to admit that as a marine engineer, I feel a little offended that you think you are already more than capable of doing my job. Us marine engineers, we deal with it all the time, from small boat captains to AB’s, cadets and even diesel mechanics who have no experience with the rest of the shipboard systems. As a power plant engineer I am sure you are more than capable and competent at running and operating machinery…but things are a little different on ships…[/QUOTE]
I think the list comes from the international standards. If there are no specific classes, then how would ANYBODY get the endorsement, especially a hawsepiper? The whole purpose of this discussion is to try to form a strategy for navigating the bureaucracy.
Regarding you being offended, well please quote where I said I am capable of doing your job?
To get a 3rd A/E, I need at least 180days at sea. Then there is the STCW requirements. To move up from 3rd, I would require all the same requirements as everybody else.
Let’s put this in perspective. Somebody like me, has 10 years of experience operating, maintaining, repairing, teaching others, etc etc in steam, gas turbine, and diesel (yes, 40MW slow speed Man B&W) plus 4+ years of rigorous study for a mechanical or electrical engineering degree. AFTER 180 days at sea, we can sit for the 3rd assistant. I don’t believe I can do your job. I don’t know all the systems on a ship, don’t know the lay of the land, the expectations and job duties of the various positions, and the ship specific equipment. But I do know machines, pumps, control systems, boilers, etc. And besides staying at a Holiday Inn Express a few times, I also grew up on the water with small boats.
Please don’t tell me that working experience is not useful on a ship for the TRANSITION (I’ve said transition many times, in my posts). How about I say, “I feel my knowledge and experience will let me be in a great position as I LEARN marine engineering operations.”
Compare this to a academy grad, who has their 3rd and STCW and has been trained up and down, but has a max of 1 year experience, and very little real life experience. Also, I’ve been beaten down already, know my roll, and know how to be humble!
Let’s just be fair…does somebody with directly RELEVANT experience and engineering training that is very similar to an academy grad really fall into the pathway as coming up the hawsepipe? If you believe the experience is garbage and the mechanical engineering degree is of zero value, then it’s completely fair to say do the time…but if you value any of the experience and training, it’s hypocritical blow people off that are just trying to transition into the industry. People, that you’d probably enjoy working with because they really want to do this job, and know what it entails.