Case Studies of Engineer Officer Trainees in the Merchant Navy.

Read about the experiences of SSTG engineer cadets as they progress through their training and enter into full service at sea. Many thanks to all of our cadets for submitting their personal accounts of life in the merchant navy. 

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At college I have really enjoyed the workshop experiences.

Conversation with Ben Macmillan - Engineer Cadet studying for an SPD (Scottish Professional Diploma) in Marine Engineering at the City of Glasgow College.

"Everyone has been very good to me on board. On anything I didn’t know they were happy to help me.”

“There’s a good team spirit at college and I’m enjoying my time here."

Read more from Ben here

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The career opportunities that are there are extremely beneficial.

Conversation with Courtney Stanton – Engineer Cadet soon to be Engineer Officer of The Watch

“It has really well kitted-out workshops with simulators and the lecturers are amazing too.”

“I’m going to be a qualified Engineer Officer of The Watch this summer."

Courtney has had a good positive experience working and training as a woman in a male dominated industry.

Read more from Courtney here

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If you are looking for a challenge and you want to push yourself this is definitely the right career for you

Conversation with George Ineson – Engineer Officer Trainee

“We’re learning a lot from the very supportive tutors who have prepared us with a good understanding of the basics for our sea phases of the course.”

“The crew onboard the ships could not have been more helpful to me.”

"It is a life experience you wouldn’t get in a shore job.”

Read more from George here


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It’s been a fantastic experience for me.

Conversation with Stuart Weir – Second Engineer Unlimited

“My Training Officer was very supportive and very professional.”

“They put me at ease especially as it was my first time at sea.”

“You get to strip down and rebuild pieces of equipment like air compressors, fuel pumps, turbochargers and engines.”

“It’s a great opportunity to visit different places – and the feeling of being abroad is great.”

Read more from Stuart here

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The Career I have always aspired to

By Robyn Wadhams-Hall - Engineer

"I accepted a cadetship through SSTG with P&O Ferries as my sponsor and quite frankly I have never looked back."

"You need to be able to drive and motivate yourself to do the absolute best you can. That being said, working at sea is fantastic, the rewards are so worth it, and best of all you will get to meet and work with some exceptional people."

Read more from Robyn here

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This Cadetship is a Golden Ticket

Submitted by Caera Kimmitt  - Engineer Cadet

Caera Kimmitt
"I definitely think this cadetship is a golden ticket and opens many pathways into the marine industry."

"I actually didn't originally want to be an Engineer!"

"It got easier to fall into a routine on ship."

Read more from Caera here

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