midshipman course at calhoun

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  1. nhpdad

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    DS is a Marine Engineering major in his 3rd class year and is presently at sea. During one of his rare telephone calls he said he was applying for a 3 week summer program at Calhoon M.E.B.A. Engineering School in Maryland. The course is specifically for midshipman. He said it was recommended by the engineers on his ship. We couldn't talk too long and the connection was lousy so I couldn't get all that much info. from him (he's not all that forthcoming anyway). I had never heard of this school, let alone the course, so I googled it and it looks pretty good. Can someone who knows something about the course or the school, fill me in on what it's all about. Thanks.
     
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    My husband has been with MEBA for over 10 years (currently chief for Crowley) Son graduated last year (working on Staten Island ferry) anyway the program is a good deal. They just started it last year and there are a limited number of spots. My husband did some recruiting for MEBA at a job fair held at KP last year, they were mentioning it to cadets at that time. I can't speak much to what the classes entail but I do know that there was a benefit to them if they completed the program. I will ask my husband for the rundown next time he calls. (might be a few days)
     
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    I don't know anything about the course itself but Calhoon guys were generally the best Engineers I sailed with. The school as a whole is underrated in my opinion.


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    Thanks for the replies. He seems to think he got in. He's hoping he'll be off his ship before the class starts. Of course he has to finish his sea project first. It does look worthwhile. If Mr. ssdmmf has anything to add, I'd sure be interested. How does your son like working on the SI ferry?
     
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    Back in the day, Calhoun had a three (or four?) year program that graduated engineers with unlimited Third Engineer's Licenses and included a cadet shipping program. Like anything else, I have sailed with good and bad Calhoun engineers, but overall, most have been pretty capable. I also sailed with some Calhoun cadets during sea year, too. The primary focus of the school now is for continuing education of members. I see that the Cadet program looks to be an internship. I am guessing this meets the requirements for the onshore internship for KP.
     

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