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  • deck or engineer?

    just wondering what do you guys think is the better option to choose and why? also is there much difference in how difficult the college work is?

    thanks

  • #2
    Re: deck or egineer?

    It's really a decision you should make yourself based on what you want to do, and enjoy doing.

    One of the questions you're likely to be asked at interviews is "Why not Deck/Engineer?" And for my money, I was advised not to on a forum won't be taken as a good answer.

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    • #3
      Re: deck or engineer?

      It is totally down to your own interests/abilities. For me, although I like fiddling about with my car, the prospect of learning to repair/maintain ship engines and systems, sitting in a windowless control room and the fact that I have no previous engineering experience was why the engine department didn't appeal to me (no offence gadgets!).

      However, the chance to navigate a ship, survey the landscape from the bridge and deal with the logisitics of cargo loading/unloading was much more up my street. Can you guess which one I picked?

      P.S. I am yet to start college but would say they both require different skills which could be tricky. Deck, learning mathamatics, trigonometry etc. Engine, learning technical drawings etc. Correct me if i'm wrong anyone, as like I said I have not yet started. But, my friend, the choice is yours!

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      • #4
        Re: deck or engineer?

        the fact that I have no previous engineering experience was why the engine department didn't appeal to me (no offence gadgets!).
        I thought gadget was a term for cadets as a whole, not just engineers

        Also, both disciplines involve a lot of maths

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        • #5
          Re: deck or engineer?

          My mistake tempest, I was under the impression a gadget referred just to engineers :S You get my general jist anyway

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          • #6
            Re: deck or engineer?

            i have an hnc in engineering but ive started to feel i want to choose the deck officer side of things, only thing is i think they might actually hold the engineering experience i have against me and just advise me to do it instead, so whats the maths and physics in the courses like? can anybody help me out lol im not dumb but im not an A grade student :P

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            • #7
              Re: deck or engineer?

              Guest:-

              If I were selecting, which I am not, you would be very near the top of my list of potential deck-officer cadets.
              Maybe even right at the top - that would depend upon practical stuff.
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              • #8
                Re: deck or engineer?

                There used to be the option to joint qualificatin in both. Not heard of this for a while. Maybe you dont have to choose. Anyone know if this is still the case?

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                • #9
                  Re: deck or engineer?

                  Originally posted by anonamong
                  There used to be the option to joint qualificatin in both. Not heard of this for a while. Maybe you dont have to choose. Anyone know if this is still the case?
                  These are no longer offered in the UK
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                  • #10
                    Re: deck or engineer?

                    It's a shame that there is no real familiarisation on both deck and engineering courses about what their counterparts actually do (

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                    • #11
                      Re: deck or engineer?

                      "They look aout the windows and draw on maps"
                      we
                      "get oily and make black smoke all day, and turn the lights off at in-oportune moments"

                      What else is there to know?!
                      Trust me I'm a Chief.

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                      • #12
                        Re: deck or engineer?

                        Originally posted by Chiefy
                        "They look aout the windows and draw on maps"
                        we
                        "get oily and make black smoke all day, and turn the lights off at in-oportune moments"

                        What else is there to know?!
                        I was gonna say something along these lines but i thought i might get some stick

                        @ Guest. You didn't mention ETO... is that because you don't know about it, or have you ruled it out? I'm due to do deck, in hindsight i feel like i should of looked more into the ETO course as it has more job opportunities back on land but i kinda work with electricity at my current job (which I leave tomorrow ) so i thought i'd do something completly different.

                        Ben

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                        • #13
                          Re: deck or engineer?

                          Originally posted by Chiefy
                          "They look aout the windows and draw on maps"
                          we
                          "get oily and make black smoke all day, and turn the lights off at in-oportune moments"

                          What else is there to know?!
                          Especially when (my) chiefy tries to bring a generator online without resetting the breaker first. Whoopsy!
                          '... English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't
                          just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages
                          down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for
                          new vocabulary.' - James Davis Nicoll

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                          • #14
                            Re: deck or engineer?

                            As an ETO cadet i'd love to know what the deckies do all day (aside from navigating steering)... i know a little bit about the engineers from Chiefy's posts.
                            Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                            • #15
                              Re: deck or engineer?

                              In my opinion... Deck is more of " Ye old salty sea dog" type stuff.... Knots and the likes. As for college..... Engineering is naturally a bit more practical than deck with time spent in the workshop doing..... workshop things?? However the classroom side of things are as challenging for both deck and engine. As people say...... Just personal preference, with engineers and deckies arguing constantly about who's job is better .

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