Being a young engineer, my experience is very limited, but your recent article on the status of the engineer provokes some reminiscence. Four years' secondary schooling was rewarded with a considerable wait before gaining an apprenticeship in a registered full-time marine "shop." Wages started at 15/ per week, rising through fiye years to £2 5/, tools of trade being provided from this. Called for the Army after two and a half years, much time was spent on engineering work of national importance. Offer of transfer to the R.N.Z.A.F. was accepted on condition that upon completing the marine engineers' examinations, assistance facilitating transfer to the Merchant Navy would be given. Work then proceeded, under an orchardist with two years' pre-war experience in "turning" of a debatable quality. Considerable expense and years of night school culminated in success in .both third and second 8.0. T. (part A) engineers' certificates. From jthis stage further advancement as a marine engineer' is virtually impossible without sea experience. About this time, the work, but not the uniform, changed from Service to civilian. High class precision work was superseded with farm machinery and the R.N.Z.A.F. complement was not fully occupied for eight hours per day" let alone the 47-hour week worked. Offers of positions came from shipping companies, but of the promised assistance from the Service heads there was none. Instead, two months' labouring, and the remaining time, to date, cleaning engine parts. These are the experiences of not one. but five aspiring marine engineers holding certificates. Nevertheless, in preparation for earning a pittance in "civvy street," the studv must proceed and three of the struggling engineers are now striving for A.M.l.Mech.E.—no doubt with the object of seeking their hard-earned reward where the pastures are greenest. NUTS.
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ENGINEER'S EXPERIENCES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945
ENGINEER'S EXPERIENCES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945
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