Going to Visit Maine Maritime Soon


#1

Hi all,
I’m going to visiting MMA for 2 days in a couple weeks. I’ll spend 2 nights (Thurs and Fri) then leave after the big open house on Saturday. My main objective in this post is to ask you guys [B]what should I be looking for on the campus?[/B] Since the academies are so different than other colleges it’s hard to compare. I appreciate any and all responses.
Thanks,
Alex


#2

I went to maine so this is somewhat gauged that way. I am happy after recently graduating and having a good job now. They just installed a brand new simulator which is really nice and dp ready. They seem to always be on the forefront of change. Their tug and barge class is one of a kind and I don’t believe any other schools have their own tug barge unit. Barge donation by Ksea trans a few years ago. If you are an engineer they are about to begin building a new engineering simulator building funded by biw. Any questions pm me…hope this was helpful.


#3

RGF = Raw Gut Feeling. You wont know what it is until you are back in your car headed home. Ask if you could see yourself there for 4 years. Did you get good vibe from the grounds, staff & instructors? Could you see the cadets you met as your friends. Is the place a good “fit” for you?

Everything else is secondary.

Oh btw - Maine has the best reputation for marine engineering going.


#4

Thanks guys. I agree that gut feelings are what matter as well. Crudeman: when talking to the director of admissions on the phone he said that they have a lot of exclusive elements to their curriculum (barge and something about tankers too.) I am actually looking more towards the deck side because that’s what I think would be more “fun.” Not sure if I’m right or not but i’ll see. I can’t see myself in an engine room when right now my mechanical knowledge does not go above changing a starter in a car. Any other tips?


#5

You don’t have to be a master mechanic to go engine. Besides, many engine grads never ship anyway. Huge demand for engineers shoreside. If math is easy for you, you might consider it.

Agreed - Deck would be more interesting if you DO ship.

Pick a school first, you have some time before you need to settle on a major.


#6

Disagree. Staring out a window for hours on end does not seem more interesting than what’s going on down below


#7

What careers are marine engineering grads getting shoreside? For me the only issue with Deck is that it is uncertain what you can do after you want to get a job ashore.


#8

The deck guys have opportunities ashore as port captains, operations managers, cargo sales reps, and others including higher level executives at a shipping company.

Engineers have port engineer, abs inspector, shipyard superintendent, and others I’m not aware of because I’m not an engineer so I don’t pay attention to who all is hiring them.


#9

[QUOTE=brjones;65798]Disagree. Staring out a window for hours on end does not seem more interesting than what’s going on down below[/QUOTE]

To each their own.