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Is being a marine engineer something that takes hard work, or do you have to be good right from the start?

I want to become a marine engineer but I don't think I have the skills. I just don't think I'm smart enough, but I'm eager to learn.

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Mayra’s Answer

Hi Sian,

Being a Marine Engineer definitely sounds difficult but it is possible. Many people will be good at several different aspects and in college, you will find yourself at times knowing a lot more than your peers and vice versa. But don't let everyone else's starting field discourage you. When you start off almost everyone will be on the same playing field and you'll be able to learn a lot more! The courses you take are meant to teach you everything you need to know in order to become a great Marine Engineer. If you have the willingness to learn then you'll definitely be on a good track to move forward. Just stay focused and manage your time well. And if you're worried about falling behind you'll have several peers that you can ask questions or even professors! You'll do great and if it'll help it doesn’t t hurt to look into a generalized version of what these courses could teach you!
Thank you comment icon I really appreciate that because I wasn't sure what mindset to approach it with. I know things can be rigorous and your advice shows me that I won't be alone and that there is much room to grow. I really appreciate this advice thank you so much. Sian
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Suzanne’s Answer

Sian, I'd encourage you to do either a real or virtual tour of the Great Lakes Marine Academy based in Traverse City, Michigan's Northwestern Michigan College:

https://www.nmc.edu/maritime/admissions/schedule-visit/index.html

You'll see on the above website that they offer free virtual tours and info sessions with the ability to ask questions of those involved. (The time given is 7 pm EASTERN, so that would be 6 pm Central time).

The question you are asking is a great one and you would be able to ask it of other marine engineering students, teachers, etc. They would be able to describe the classes and on-water training in detail.

Good luck and keep us posted, please.
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