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  • Further education in Marine Surveying or Marine Engineering?

    Hi all; long time lurker, 1st poster.

    I am looking at qualified officers opinions on what direction I should further my education within the industry and currently I'm looking at Lloyds Maritime Academy courses.

    Tl/dr: In your opinion, are diplomas in Marine Surveying or Marine Engineering more useful for a deck officer?


    So my current situation: I'm a deck cadet on cruise ships and will take my OOW orals next year. Career plan is to get my Chief Mates and Masters tickets while moving on through the cruise ship industry. I want to go into super yachts eventually and I think that it'd be better to do this after I have the Masters ticket. I would want to move shoreside eventually.

    I have a suspicion that a Deck Officer with an engineering qualification would be more attractive to a prospective employer whilst I'm working as an OOW/Chief/Captain.

    I also have a suspicion that a Deck Officer with a surveying qualification would be more attractive to a potential employer and have a wider field of which to find a job when looking shoreside.

    Looking at the syllabi, the Foundation Degree in Marine Operations shares a lot of the subject areas with the Diploma in Surveying. Would I be more rounded by crossing over to the engineering side of ships?

    Thanks for your help. I hope discussion would be useful for other Deckies looking to pimp their CVs.

  • #2
    Slow down.

    Get your cadetship over with before you start worrying about what to do after you get your master's CoC. As your career progresses you will see what opportunities are available ashore and see what appeals to you.

    Whatever you choose yoy will get more from the course with a little experience and a more clear picture of where you want to go with it.
    Go out, do stuff

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply.

      I'm not so much thinking about what to do after the masters ticket.

      I'm a more mature student with a technical background in a previous life. A foundation degree just isn't filling my work time so this is an ideal period to get another string to the bow.

      I can see I would specialise when I've more experience. But what is more useful for a deck officer, an entry level qualification in survey or engineering?


      Originally posted by Clanky View Post
      Slow down.

      Get your cadetship over with before you start worrying about what to do after you get your master's CoC. As your career progresses you will see what opportunities are available ashore and see what appeals to you.

      Whatever you choose yoy will get more from the course with a little experience and a more clear picture of where you want to go with it.

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      • #4
        Surveying quals would help if you want to go work for a classification society, if you want to work for a shipping company ashore then auditing is always good.

        I know a couple of deck officers who have studied law and gone on to work as marine lawyers.
        Go out, do stuff

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