Mass Maritime/SSOP

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by maritime20233, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. maritime20233

    maritime20233 New Member

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    Hello, I got into Mass Maritime with a hefty scholarship and I am still waiting to hear from Kings Point. I was curious as to what the reputation of Mass Maritime grads is in the maritime industry, specifically as Marine Engineers. I would appreciate if you all could share some info about their perception or even some experiences of your own!

    Also- I have been in contact with the SSOP (Strategic Sealift Officer Program) at Mass Maritime, and any information regarding that would be great. Im curious to the advantages of joining this and eventually serving in the naval reserves. I would love to hear some info about this too.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. cmakin

    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    I have sailed with good engineers from Mass and I have fired engineers from Mass. . . overall, it is a good school, like any of the academies, to be honest. It is what you make of it. There are Mass alumni throughout our shrinking maritime industry.
     
  3. MaritimeOCS1

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    When it comes to maritime schools, each maritime school has its own reputation within the industry. Mass is known to have a pretty good engineering program as well as good job placement program. Deck program is strong as well.... at least it did when I went there. Each schools has its own strengths and industry tends to hire based on these particular strengths.

    I’m a Mass grad and have no complaints with going there. I’ve had friends that went the SSOP route. Some liked it and went active duty and flew for the navy while others decided it wasn’t for them and focused on private industry. The ultimate choice will be up to you. Unlike USMMA, you will have two semesters and a winter training cruise on the school ship with summers off. Good school to life balance.

    Happy to discuss any mass questions that you may have privately. Just send me a note. You may ask why I’m on this board, my son has an appointment to kings point.... he wanted to blaze his own trail and not go to the same school his pop went to. I respect that.

    I will spare you what industry calls mass grads though... lol!!! I think it’s jealousy..... good luck on your future endeavors.
     
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  4. cmakin

    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    I wasn't aware that the nickname was Mass Maritime specific. . . . I always thought it meant everyone from the state. . . or so my friends from Maine have told me. . ..
     
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    Ahhh.. those Maniacs!!! They are always good for a laugh!!!
     
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  6. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ... 5-Year Member

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    I don't think any school has a reputation that is either significantly better than the rest or significantly worse. What matters most is what you do when you step on your ship as a newly licensed officer and not where your got said license.
     
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  7. ES013

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    I got into Maine Maritime, however I had not received any scholarships for them despite being top of my male class. Still waiting to hear from USMMA.