As a young engineer with little civilian experience I have a question for some of you salty old sea dogs.
As an engineer is it an un-realistic goal to want to be the captain of a ship someday. I mean, it just seems like all the Masters I hear about came from deck. How would someone who worked in the Engineroom his whole career even know all the needed knowledge for that(i.e. Navigation, rules of the road, etc…)??? As an engineer should I consider making Chief Eng the pinnacle of career development. I, like any sailor, dream of being top dog someday.
So Basically my question for you all is…
How many times in your career have you seen a Master that came up as a hawespiper through engineering?
I’m sure everyones got a story of “this one guy… 20 yrs ago…” but I’m looking for an overall picture.
Anyone have any idea what the percentage of masters that were engineers is?