The Common Perception
The life of a merchant navy officer or personnel on board a ship is adventurous, exciting, and extremely rewarding. A marine engineer globe trots, visits beautiful places, and meets interesting people. This is true for marine engineers working on any type of ship or vessel irrespective of the people he is working for; however it is an icing on the cake if he/she happens to be on a cruise ship of any of the top 10 cruise lines, not to mention the fun if one is on the biggest cruise ship or a futuristic ship.
One might blurt out "wow," for it sounds like a script of some Hollywood movie where the protagonist has the perfect job, the perfect money, and the perfect life. But is the life of a naval officer as picturesque as it sounds? Do all the naval officers in the hierarchy level have the same kind of exciting lifestyle? Or is there a totally different side beneath the facade that is created by the over-imagination of people or by ignorant word-of-mouth misconception?
Well, the job of a marine engineer is definitely stimulating and rewarding, but with the package comes many desirable and undesirable attributes. Everything apart, it’s not at all a “Bed of roses," as many people seem to think. Life on board is definitely not as glamorous as it seems or is perceived to be. It is tough for sure, and no one knows it better than the one who works on board. But as they say, “someone has to do the job" and so does their life goes on. All this might sound a bit over-exaggerating or over-the-top, but the fact remains that the life on board a ship is definitely way different from the life we live on land.
For now, let’s take a sneak peek at the lives of the marine engineers working on board. Let’s start from the bottommost level, the junior engineer, also known as the "jack of all trades" (definitely, master of none), who lives the toughest and the most interesting life of all the engineers on board a ship.