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    Well I have just completed my first week at Glasgow Nautical College on the PD Engineer cadetship course and it has been very interesting!

    I am staying in the Self Catered Flats at St Lukes and managed to score a room with a double bed which might come in handy

    The College seems decent enough but slightly disorganised for our arrival, still I am sure things will start to run more smoothly in the coming weeks.

    I am taking the Professional Diploma route (Foundation Degree in England) and already have 8 different units for this first part of College.
    Currently I am taking courses in 1/Maths 2/Engineering Principles 3/Engineering drawing 4/ Pneumatics/Hydraulics 5/Marine Engineering Motor 6/Marine Engineering Steam 7/Marine Engineering General 8/Material Selection

    I was slightly suprised at the number of different courses being taken but in reality only a few of them have 'exams', many of them are assessed by Reports/essays. I am still waiting on the College explaining to me how the points system works for the different units, which courses must be passed, how the graded unit works etc but I am sure this will all become clear in time!!.........

    Everything is going well and we have already taken on a good bit of information and had some 'Maths homework'. The workshop looks great and I can't wait to get in there and start grinding,welding and generally getting to use all their fancy tools!
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    dont get used to fancy tools...the ships wont have 'em learn how to use a file (properly) a Lathe (properly) and a hacksaw...and how to look after a hack saw.....the rest is just bells and whistles
    Trust me I'm a Chief.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the advice Chiefy

      I am from a farming background so am well used to working with the 'minimum' amount of equipment required and doing 'patch' jobs on things.

      I can use a file and hacksaw fairly well (I think!)

      I have some diesel engines kicking about the farm that I think my family are hoping I will be able to fix........they may be waiting a few years!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by SWonder View Post
        I am staying in the Self Catered Flats at St Lukes and managed to score a room with a double bed which might come in handy
        Ooft. Did you request one in your application, or did you just, ahem, get lucky?

        I'll be moving in on the 22nd for the PD Deck course. What are the rooms in St. Lukes like in terms of space and condition and the like?
        "The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before,
        the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat."

        Jacques Yves Cousteau

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SWonder View Post
          The College seems decent enough but slightly disorganised for our arrival, still I am sure things will start to run more smoothly in the coming weeks.
          Nice to see things haven't changed over there, don't expect any sort of organisation or logic from that place! Who's your course leader?

          Originally posted by NovemberCharlie View Post
          Ooft. Did you request one in your application, or did you just, ahem, get lucky?

          I'll be moving in on the 22nd for the PD Deck course. What are the rooms in St. Lukes like in terms of space and condition and the like?
          Not massive, but not small either. You'll have enough space for anything you'll need.
          I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

          All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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          • #6
            The course Leader is Les Yuil, not sure if thats how spell his name!. Hanging about at the doors waiting on other people to go in has been fun this week. We don't have our student cards yet but they said they would leave the doors open this week so we can get in and out a bit easier.

            I would appreciate if somebody told me how exactly the course works in terms of Points, courses you need to pass, pass %, etc, graded unit. Basically just how it all pieces together. I am sure it will become a bit clearer, its only been one week!

            I requested a Double room at St Lukes because my mate told me there were some. You may end up with a single room but I have seen them and there is plenty of space. The rooms are actually a really good size and the bathrooms are just fine. They all seem to have plenty of desk space with 3 build in drawers and a wardrobe for your clothes etc. Lots of plug sockets with an aerial socket if you have a TV and also ethernet ports for your internet access which is very restricted!!! YouTube is not available between the hours of 9am-5pm because it takes up to much bandwith.

            You may end up in with me because we have a spare room, I'm sure you will be amazed at the size of the rooms and get on just fine.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SWonder View Post
              The course Leader is Les Yuil, not sure if thats how spell his name!. Hanging about at the doors waiting on other people to go in has been fun this week. We don't have our student cards yet but they said they would leave the doors open this week so we can get in and out a bit easier.

              I would appreciate if somebody told me how exactly the course works in terms of Points, courses you need to pass, pass %, etc, graded unit. Basically just how it all pieces together. I am sure it will become a bit clearer, its only been one week!

              I requested a Double room at St Lukes because my mate told me there were some. You may end up with a single room but I have seen them and there is plenty of space. The rooms are actually a really good size and the bathrooms are just fine. They all seem to have plenty of desk space with 3 build in drawers and a wardrobe for your clothes etc. Lots of plug sockets with an aerial socket if you have a TV and also ethernet ports for your internet access which is very restricted!!! YouTube is not available between the hours of 9am-5pm because it takes up to much bandwith.

              You may end up in with me because we have a spare room, I'm sure you will be amazed at the size of the rooms and get on just fine.
              Hi SWonder, I hate to lower the tone so early on, but is the streaming of porn allowed after 5pm?

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              • #8
                Haha its alright mate! The College obviously has a Filter so a large number of sites are 'blocked' including the Nuts magazine site,FHM,Pirate Bay, etc.

                I have sent you a PM..................
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SWonder View Post
                  The course Leader is Les Yuil, not sure if thats how spell his name!. Hanging about at the doors waiting on other people to go in has been fun this week. We don't have our student cards yet but they said they would leave the doors open this week so we can get in and out a bit easier.

                  I would appreciate if somebody told me how exactly the course works in terms of Points, courses you need to pass, pass %, etc, graded unit. Basically just how it all pieces together. I am sure it will become a bit clearer, its only been one week!

                  I requested a Double room at St Lukes because my mate told me there were some. You may end up with a single room but I have seen them and there is plenty of space. The rooms are actually a really good size and the bathrooms are just fine. They all seem to have plenty of desk space with 3 build in drawers and a wardrobe for your clothes etc. Lots of plug sockets with an aerial socket if you have a TV and also ethernet ports for your internet access which is very restricted!!! YouTube is not available between the hours of 9am-5pm because it takes up to much bandwith.

                  You may end up in with me because we have a spare room, I'm sure you will be amazed at the size of the rooms and get on just fine.
                  You've got Les Yuills? That man couldn't organise a gangbang in a brothel. Enjoy the frustrations to come (I guarentee you'll get them with him).....

                  Basically, the way the course worked for us was: -

                  Each Unit is one or two credits. As there is no set way the examination is done you'll either have to score 60% or 100% to pass a unit, after that the unit will be either passed or fail. You will be required to pass every unit to get your HNC/D. Your grade is determined by the Graded Unit which has a 50% pass marks. You're sea-time booklet is a bit different now. I'm not entirely sure how it works nowadays.

                  Originally posted by danielbv07 View Post
                  Hi SWonder, I hate to lower the tone so early on, but is the streaming of porn allowed after 5pm?
                  It's on a college network so that would be a no....
                  I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                  All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                  • #10
                    Haha, nice one SWonder.

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