Georgian College engineering and nav programs

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Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby jon1 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:21 am

Hi all,
I have been accepted to, and am trying to decide between the marine engineering and navigation programs at Georgian College for September. I have worked mainly on small vessels such as a tall ship, and sheltered waters tour boats as mate and SVMO and I have also spent five weeks on a tanker as a deckhand in training. Basically, I'm trying to decide which path to take. I like working with my hands, and l am fascinated with big machinery. However, I also love navigation ship handling. I have my bridge watch rating and was able to do a fair bit of watch standing and time on the wheel while on the tanker, which I loved. Could any of you give me your (if possible ) un biased opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of both the deck and engine departments? And what shore based jobs are available in both further down the road and what does it take to achieve them? I am leaning towards the deck side.

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby JollyJack » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:01 pm

An engineer has marketable skills after coming ashore, a Mate's only option is to become a Superintendant, once he fails the Mates exam 2 or 3 times.
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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby jon1 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:33 am

What does a superintendent's job entail? And what about jobs working for TC, or in the business side of shipping? Also how many years approximately would it take to become a pilot after achieving your watchkeeping mate's?

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby jon1 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:07 am

I just feel like from my limited experience (which I guess is better than nothing), my heart's really in nav. However I don't want to spend my life working at sea. I'm planning on doing the one extra year nautical science degree from Memorial after I graduate. Would this open up more shorshore options?
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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby The Dieselduck » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:51 pm

There is always superintendents and vessel manager, SHEQ managers, safety officers, DPAs, CSO, TSB, TC, Class etc etc etc. There s lots of options but engineering is probably the better option for higher and steady revenue streams post sea, unless of course you attained master.
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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby jon1 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:20 am

Alright, so lots of post sea nav options IF you attain master. Sea time wise, that is 4-6 years as long as I keep up with my training, but realistically, it's probably more like 10-15 eh? What sort of shoreside jobs to engineers generally do? Powerplants and such?

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby JK » Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:59 pm

Technical superintendent
Project managers
Shipyard management
Consultants
Ship inspections
OEM reps
Class inspection
Management
There's a lot of options, it is tough to get shore engineers because of pay differences and lack of leave.

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby jon1 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:34 pm

Thanks everybody!

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby JK » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:40 pm

You should aim for a 1st, minimum 2nds with sea time to a 1st, before looking ashore

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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby JollyJack » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:55 pm

I agree, minimum 2M, but go -for 1st Class. If you can get motor AND steam, you'd well ahead of the pack, the question then becomes "how much will you pay me"? Get tanker endorsements and you can set your price :) Lets see, GAS tanker L2, 1M/1S , CT2 endorsemet''''''pick your job. $15000 a month or more
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Re: Georgian College engineering and nav programs

Postby JK » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:00 am

agree. If you decide to go to a shore job before you write your 1st, it is very difficult to take the time to write. A friend of mine has steam, motor, LNG and icebreaker experience. He's like gold!


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