“Big Iron” gets a fishbowl

March 31, 2014

BCIT North Van campus, home to the Cadet programs I got an email from Russel Oye recently, letting me know of a great development for the west coast engineering types. Most of you you may know Russel as the long time Shop Instructor at BCIT’s North Shore Marine Campus, where all recent Marine Engineering cadets have passed through. Russel is also involved in the Canadian Institutes of Marine Engineering though…

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Big iron lands in BC

July 18, 2013

BCIT’s new training centerpiece, a MAN 7L48/60 Medium Speed Diesel engine Fantastic news the other week. After nearly two years of behind the scenes interaction, one big announcement was made by BCIT and MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada; as matter of fact, its 119 tons of announcement. BCIT has received a large medium speed Diesel engine; an inline 7 cylinder 48/60 series with common rail fuel injection, the second largest…

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Reap what you sow

October 29, 2012

BCIT in Vancouver Western Canada’s only formal Marine Engineering school I’ve had the unique opportunity to be intertwined in many aspects of the marine industry in Canada. Whether is in my professional life working on ship across the nation, or through my hobby Marine Engineering website, www.dieselduck.net, I get to see many different perspectives. One of which, I would like to share with you, regarding the formal training of Marine…

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Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…

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Running to sea

March 13, 2012

Greece’s finance minister The Eurozone debt crisis continues to rage on with no real end in sight. Wholesale disposal of a raft of people’s way of life, by god know’s what, but it sure does not seem to be for the greater good of the general population, that’s for sure. I see it as wholesale theft of a country by some “good with numbers” predatory leeches, who have no moral…

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Marine Engineers = Good earners

December 12, 2011

Earlier this year, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce published a study called “What’s it worth? The economic value of college majors”.  It’s a US based study, but probably relates fairly well across to Canada, and some other countries. The thing that caught my engineering eye in this study, was that Marine Engineering / Naval Architecture was listed in the top ten for earnings. Listed below, are the…

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Human Game

August 7, 2010

I have been in the marine industry for 30 years and reading the articles that are posted below, has me somewhat speechless. As anyone who knows me can attest, it is a state that I am not often in. If the allegations are true, these cadets have been failed by the industry. They were failed by the marine school who obviously did not give them the support they required; they…

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