I'm planning on attending BCIT M.Eng 4 year co-op training. Worth it? - depends - see above
Eventual desire to chief engineer yacht (y1)? I dont think there is a need to go through cadet program for this, unless you are planning working on large yacht that actually hire licensed individuals, but if this is the case, they will pick from the commercial cruise industry, and you will need an IMO license as oppose to yachting credentials. But then again this transition into yacht after commercial is unlikely once settled with routine of home life and possibly family.
I love the ocean, I love engineering, I'm fine with up to 6 months away from family and would love paid leave for equal sea time served.
Is it worth the time and money at BCIT? Since I would be certified as 4th unlimited I believe, and 3rd with restrictions.. How would that compare to a yacht engineer CoC? answered in other replies
If I did commercial up to chief unlimited would it be wasteful if I want to serve on luxury yachts? probably
Is $50-70k really possible coming out of school? probably not in yachts, commercially, I'd say 40-50 k, if anyone actually gives you a break - its not smooth sailing coming out of school
Is it really work 6 months, 6 months off? Obviously with company discrepancies and sign-on differences.. rarely six on six off, possibly 1-2 months on / off, in commercial more probably, in yachts unlikely, 11 months on 1 month off, more likely as far as I know.
After graduating from BCIT, should I head to the yacht side immediately or achieve a certain CoC in the commercial side of things? if going through the cadet program with a yacht specialty in the future, focus on getting your sea terms on cruise exclusively, maybe do one or two years on cruise ships, until you get a berth on a yacht. I think this is a reasonable plan.
I'd be happy with 70k after 5 years sea time, prefer 100k but I mean who wouldn't. Yachts are a very close knit environment, once you are in and have a some experience, I would not expect trouble getting 100 k range, but I think only if you go the professional mariner route. Yachting licenses, I am not sure you will reach this success as fast.
Eventually want to own my own 40-50' sailboat and spend my time off sailing and scuba diving and earning my saturation diver so I can do that maybe 5-6 times in my life for a) extra money b) thrilling experience for myself.
You can't make me or break me but some guidance would be helpful as I'm 20 years old and this is an expensive and time intensive life choice for the long term. it is very difficult to envision life after 25, but working in the marine industry is not a easy and is a major career investment requiring long term vision, with some dubious payoffs. You should really sit down and have a look at what's in your future, whats important to you now, and might become important to you later, and remember that you and your attitudes will change once in your thirties, forties and so forth. The problem with the marine industry is that you have to be fully committed to succeed, going down this road without a "map" - on a whim, can be quite costly in terms of resources - time, money, social, mental and physical health, etc
Also is engineering on science research vessels good pay? Would sit better with my core values to contribute to the science realm rather than mass consumerism. Yachts epitomize consumerism in my book, so perhaps this is a telling comment on your part.
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