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    Hi there, I am currently in my final year of studying for a Mechanical Engineering degree and am interested in applying to Maersk's engineering cadet scheme. In fact I have and they've called me for an interview! However, having searched more than a few sites, including their own, I've not found any real details regarding the compensation/pay that one on the programme can expect.

    As I'm studying towards this degree, I assume that, out of the HND/Fd/BEng Marine Eng. courses, they'll put me on the latter? And is there any sort of standard itinerary regarding study/work?

    And if anyone's been to one of the interviews, how tough are they? From what I heard its a general chitchat, but anything technical thrown into the mix perchance?

    Thanks in advance folks.

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    Hmmmmm assuming you will pass your degree, then I arent so sure what course you will be on, the HND and FD are aimed at people to get them sea time and some "paper" to back it up, so you come out of your "time" with the HND /FD with that and your CoC (Certificate Of Competancy / Whatch Keeping Cert) As you already have a degree in Engineering then there is little point doing a Foundation Degree. HOWEVER I would guess that you would follow the FD route because you will HAVE to do some things that are needed for your Cert, like all the short courses, Fire Fighting, First Aid, Lifeboat Driving, PSCS et al.

    I arent sure but there used to be a way where with a degree you just needed to complete your short courses plus the sea time and you could be a watch keeper in about 12 months or so. So I arent sure if Maersk have revived this or not.

    Failing that the FD is well laid out but seems to vary a little form college to college but dasically a mix of College time and sea time that prepares you for the off.

    As for Pay then it's whatever the cadets get nowadays...theres a few Maersk Cadets on here but I recall circa 6k/year being mentioned though it may well be more (it's a while since I saw the cadet payscale) again the current Maersk Cadets wiill be able to put you straight though I''d advise discusing actual numbers in PM's only as technically pay is confidential, vauge numbers are ok but actual ?.p's might raise a few eye brows remember there are company reps reading these boards too (Hello!!!!! )

    Interview will also have a testing element, with those personality type evaluations and (there used to be) an IQ type test too, mainly for records as much as anything

    The interview it self....Just as you say a bit of chit chat, what do you expect life to be like, what are your like and dis-likes, any worries, where do you see yourself going in the future, questions maybe brought up based on your application / CV just a normal interview really, going for engineering you may be asked a bit of general engineering type knowledge, maybe what sort of things interested (or even still still do) as a kid, like lego, mechano, taking "stuff apart" and "fixing" it, even just a general interest in how things work or are made etc you know showing a general engineering interest in being an engineer

    Other than that
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      Re: A couple of quick questions

      Originally posted by liverpool3/4blue
      Hi there, I am currently in my final year of studying for a Mechanical Engineering degree and am interested in applying to Maersk's engineering cadet scheme. In fact I have and they've called me for an interview! However, having searched more than a few sites, including their own, I've not found any real details regarding the compensation/pay that one on the programme can expect.

      As I'm studying towards this degree, I assume that, out of the HND/Fd/BEng Marine Eng. courses, they'll put me on the latter? And is there any sort of standard itinerary regarding study/work?

      And if anyone's been to one of the interviews, how tough are they? From what I heard its a general chitchat, but anything technical thrown into the mix perchance?

      Thanks in advance folks.
      There is also a "fast track" scheme which cuts the time required down to around 1 year depending upon your previous experience. (it is aimed at people who have already done suitable degrees in engineering) Maersk will be able to give you more details on this at the interview if this is the route they tend to put you on. (Carnival UK used to have some information on the route on their web site - OceanOpportunities.com but not sure if they still do).

      Failing that the alternative, as chiefy said is to just put you through the standard cadetship - in which case as you well exceed the minimum entry requirements for foundation degree they will put you on that course. It is unlikely they will put you on the HND route as most companies only put people not eligible for foundation degree through the HND.

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        If you have a mechnical engineering degree, then you will want to do the fast track system, it takes about a year, half at college and half at sea, it's incredibley intensive, but defenetly worth the hard work, there were about ten guys doing it when I was at college. A lot of people move from powerstation jobs onto the fast track course.
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