Hello everyone. New guy here about to jump into an academy engineering program. Hoping to ask a few specific(ish) questions here regarding the engineer side of the house and the career in general that are a bit more difficult to track down in online research. Any knowledge that you might be able to share would be super appreciated!
I love the idea of having at least one month off at a time to pursue my hobbies. Is this still widely available as a mariner? Heard that smaller vessels have shorter rotations - so really want to stick to the larger vessels. Longer on/off. Not sure how hard they are to score with the small numbers of deep sea and larger vessels.
Is smoking allowed inside vessels? I’ll get dirty, sweaty, won’t ever judge anyone for their personal life decisions, but I can’t stand breathing second-hand smoke for hours on end. Not privy to allow other’s health decisions to screw over my own health.
Do engineers get to go out on deck for fresh air? Would it be weird to head up to the bridge to check out the view when not on shift? I originally wanted to be on the deck side, mainly for the views. The academy I’m looking at has a spot for a 3 year engineering program due to my education background.
Only big concern for me is feeling like I’ll miss the whole ocean views/natural wonders by being an engineer. (Still love engineering, machinery, etc. In my mind beats the hell out of an office job.) When reading other engineer experiences, it seems like it’s engine room/control room/below decks all day every day.
I have family in Hawaii, and hope to move back some day. Any mariners that make living in Hawaii happen and commuting to the job on the mainland port of departure? Travel usually paid for? (Love the thought of shipping out of Honolulu eventually but haven’t heard of many jobs there…)