Hello everyone.

I'm in the middle of my college career, studying for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and this last semester I've really tried to pin down what I want to do after graduation.  One field that has consistently popped up is the marine industry. I'd really like to find a career near the water where I can work on the design, manufacture, and maintenance of watercraft (preferably sailing yachts).

There are two big hurdles in my way, though. 1) I am from Kansas and only really became interested in sailing once I graduated High School (despite going out to sail on lakes every summer) so my experience with boats is rather limited and mostly theoretical compared to someone who grew up in a real sailing family. Plus my degree does not focus on maritime applications in the slightest.  2) Because of 1, people I've asked say the best way for me to get into the industry is really to start at the bottom as a shop attendant or facility worker. Now I'm not opposed at all to rolling my sleeves up and learning by doing, but if I can find a position which puts my years of college education to more direct work I would definitely feel better about choosing this field over others more typical of my school's graduates.

I've found organizations like SNAME and IMarEST, though I'm not sure how much they can help me until I'm in the workforce.

My question to you all, is are there any of you who are in the design/manufacture/maintenance side of the watercraft industry and can you tell me if what I've said above is accurate. Any tips on how to get my foot in the door would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Tags: career, college, info, job, work

Views: 26

Latest Activity

Brad Williams replied to John Bravo's discussion I held out sex for love first....Why is it so hard to find a girl who's done the same?
"I have a question. What if you meet a cool girl whom you're interested in.  You ask her this question about her past.  She reveals that, let's say once or twice she had sex with a guy she barely knew.  One was a promising…"
1 hour ago
Lon R. replied to Steve Dallas's discussion Confessions(hated it) in the group Film
"At least Cameron's version didn't have dogs that spontaneously broke into rap."
1 hour ago
Lon R. joined Brett Balcar's group
Thumbnail

Film

Discuss your favorite films and upcoming releases
1 hour ago
Christopher Jeong replied to Hunter's discussion Self control
"Its only natural! Don't be embarrassed or ashamed of it, embrace the feeling! And please stop thinking of roadkill while making out with your girl, its such a waste. Go more in depth with her and EXPERIENCE the feelings of the body and the…"
1 hour ago
John Bravo replied to John Bravo's discussion I held out sex for love first....Why is it so hard to find a girl who's done the same?
"Carl, How is my criteria random? I know I am not compatible with someone who views sex as a very casual thing as I've always viewed it as powerful and sacred. Another great AoM post I believe is very…"
1 hour ago
John Bravo replied to John Bravo's discussion I held out sex for love first....Why is it so hard to find a girl who's done the same?
"Ok Shane slow down there a sec... I said my *personal* deal breaker has been based on sex without committed love...I gave you my experience as to what spoke of commitment, not to what arbitrary length of time defines it."
1 hour ago
Dave P left a comment for Matt195
"Thanks buddy!"
1 hour ago
John Bravo replied to John Bravo's discussion I held out sex for love first....Why is it so hard to find a girl who's done the same?
"Very strong and moving post... Great gratitude for that contribution John Muir!"
1 hour ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service