I worked for SUNY on the Empire State as Chief Electrician back when the “New” Ship first arrived.
Shortly there after I returned to sailing on Large ATB’s as Chief Engineer and worked until my retirement. I have been thinking about contacting the school to see if I could be of any help in training the cadets in Proper Watch Standing on Tugs. When I was sailing I had many recent grads come to my boats for their first job sailing. It would have made my job a lot easier as Chief if they had someone spend some time with them to teach them what life on a tug is really about. Life there is really different from being on a ship.
The time that I spent working on the two Empire States was some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling time of my sailing career. I really enjoyed teaching and working with the young men and women cadets.
If training like this was offered, by someone that has done this type of work for a long time, I believe that it would help make these new engineers much more valuable to prospective employers.
What do you all think? Is this something that is worth bringing up to the school?