I've just applied to the CCG officer training program, and I'm curious what sort of chances I have of getting in. I'm nearly 30 years old, and hold a Diploma of Technology as well as a Bachelors of Technology in computer related fields.
CCGC is ramping up their program. There are going to be a larger number of cadets going through the program.
There is a large amount of retirements of senior officers going to be happening in the next 5 years. This causes a upward movement of promotions. This is also going to happen in Ottawa as 30 year veterans who graduated from the college, are getting ready to retire.
CG is also planning a ship replacement program that will reach out 30 years and beyond, which require more officers trained in newer technology.
So if you pass the entrance requirements you have a shot at being accepted.
Assuming that I'm accepted into the college, do I get a choice of which discipline I'm sent into (Navigation or Engineering)?
Yes, though the mates have to pass the sight requirements. There are many engineers who started out as mates until the eye exam!
As far as duties go in the CCG, what are the chances of my going through the Engineering program, and being able to get put on a smallish ship in the Pacific (after whatever seniority is required to allow such a choice)?
I can't speak specifically, but when you graduate, there is usually a choice of where you are posted with backup, if you can't be staffed in the first region.
Once you are in the region you are rotated through the ships by the staffing people, so you will probably end up on a smaller ship (since Pacific only has smaller ships it seems).
You can expect to assigned to a ship as a junior engineer to gain experience, then maybe a cutter as an engineer. As they are alone, there is more expected in paperwork and the generation of refit items.
Is it safe to assume that Marine Engineers are involved in the lifesaving/SAR duties, and would get to do some of the more exciting things I've seen on the CCG's facebook page? (Scuba diving, SAR, helicopter rides, etc..)
Everyone in the CG gets to do SAR, all the ships are on SAR standby unless their deck cargo makes it dangerous for the ship. You can get the opportunity to go in the choppers given operational requirements.
The dive program is in the Pacific only and is a specific program done by the dive techs. I don't know much about it.
Googling showed this thread as the best source of information I've found in a few weeks of looking! Thanks for any help you're able to offer
That is great for Diesel Duck, pretty sad for the CG.
How about posting the link to the Facebook page, I'd be curious to see it.