[QUOTE=Sweat-n-Grease;79596]I posted those words in humor. Should have added a smiley. Your Dad and I might know each other, we followed the same paths. I found the Diesel Course at Calhoon excellent, perhaps you, like your Dad and me, also attended. Your Dad may have mentioned, there has been a profound change in the US Merchant Marine, or what’s left of it. Back in my day and, yes, in your father’s, it was more of a family aboard ship. Most were permanent, we knew each other, we had cook-offs on the fan tail on all returning legs of foreign voyages, beer was allowed, we enjoyed our work and our ship mates (yes, there was always a pain in the ass in the crew but not that many), and our time off in ports were a delight. All that is gone. It will not be long before ships with unattended engine rooms have only two or three engineers whose only duty is to clean filters, fuel-n-water separators, and such stuff. Therefore, if I was an 18 year old today and I really wanted a life at sea I would go Deck. There is no going back to what it once was. Yes, the steamers are gone and so are the engineers who worked them. As I look back I’m pleased and proud I was one. I can perceive you are also proud of your work or you would have not advanced to First (we use to call each other by out positions: third, second, first, chief). You’ll be Chief shortly, I am happy to communicate with a working marine engineer. My very best to you, now meet me down at the Saloon, I’ve got some sea stories to tell ya.[/QUOTE]
Yeah I figured it was tongue and cheek…lol
I actually really like sailing with some of the old timers. Even though I sail as First, I still learn a lot from some of the veteran seconds and thirds. Hell I still learn a lot from the old timer Jr’s and oilers
I can see what you are saying. If my number one priority was to be on the ocean and the job I did was second priority then yeah maybe deck is the answer. The trend I see in the engine department is more work with less manpower. And of course the mountain of paperwork and regulations.
OP like it has been said just get into any school. Once you are out and start working the academy you graduate from doesn’t really matter. I bet every ship you go on will have at least 3 different academy officers on it. If I were you I would go cheap. If you go to a state school you will be paying out of state tuition. That would be something I would consider.