[QUOTE=brjones;131720]Regardless of what route you take the exam is a complete joke. Lights start to flicker we see the plant is about to go down. What do you do? The answer is B! There ya go your now qualified to sail third and assume a watch. I can give my wife the Mass Maritime books and in a couple weeks she can pass the test with flying colors.[/QUOTE]
That’s party my point. Tugsailor and Paddy W have claimed that time on limited tonnage should count for an unlimited license At first I didn’t agree because of the difference between the jobs. I now think that they have a good point but I still think that a candidate has to demonstrate that he/she has the skill required. The test alone is insufficient to screen out the unqualified as you’ve said. This is less of a problem on she school side because having to get a degree keeps the floor a little higher
[QUOTE=Bloodyshitcakes;131678]I’ve got a friend who never made it out of the 9th grade. He is now a 2nd mate/SDPO on a 6th gen drillship for one of the big players. He is also well respected and admired by his coworkers.[/QUOTE]
What’s your point? That the CG should screen on a case by case basis?
[QUOTE=bunker305;131702]Academies weed out the dumbest of the dumb? I cannot tell you how impressed I get when a new academy 3rd signs on and comes into the control room. In fact, i am so impressed by their degree that I keep a box of cookies to hand out to each one of the kids right before I instruct them not to go around anything that is hot, moving, or energized because I’m tired of filling out the accident reports. Quick list of academy gems I’ve dealt with over the years…“I’m allergic to petroleum products” aboard a tanker. “What’s paralleling a generator entail?” “I’m not sure if this is the front or back of this turbine blade”. It’s always a good thing to get the best education possible, but don’t think that makes you better than any of us.[/QUOTE]
There’s a problem with your logic, it possible that the students who don’t make it through school are smarter and/or more qualified then the ones that go on to graduate and get their license but it’s not likely.
[QUOTE=bunker305;131702]a lot of us hawsepipe guys were out here getting plants on line in the real world while you were off playing sailor on one of your training ships partner.[/QUOTE]