Thursday, January 16, 2014

In one of my recent blogs I mentioned how the students will rotate between maintenance, watch and training. I also mentioned the 4/C will learn more about the majors offered at our academy during training. We do this so every cadet has the opportunity to make a knowledgeable decision on which major he or she wishes to declare. While on cruise they learn about Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, Marine Safety and Environmental Protection  (MSEP), International Maritime Business (IMBU), and Emergency Management  (EM). MSEP, IMBU, and EM are referred to as the non-license majors because they do not require a coast guard license for graduation.

The best part about these classes is our very own 1/C cadets teach the 4/C through the knowledge they have acquired and through their own personal experience. Teaching the MSEP program we have Chris Gallagher, Amanda Tine, and Tyler Fifield. Cadets learning about this program get a sample of everything from different species in the ocean to safety standards.

Teaching the IMBU program we have Diana Kurek, and Michaela Garrity providing the 4/C with an introduction to supply and demand, business relations and much more.  At last teaching the EM program there is Robert Krupa, Shauna Morton and Brian Mulvey. These students will engage the 4/C is scenario based projects and analyze past incidents when emergency managers played a crucial role.

Engineering Thursday:

If you are interested in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) you can consider a career in Environmental Engineering.

Environmental Engineers design drinking water treatment facilities that bring safe drinking water to our schools, offices and homes. Environmental and civil engineers guard the quality of our water resources in many ways. They work to clean up water sources and air that does become polluted.

Whether keeping our water safe or finding ways to reuse water bottles, engineers are very important to our environmental health. Clearly, engineers greatly contribute to our health and safety.

Try these activities to do the work of an environmental engineer:

It goes without saying that oil spills are a very serious environmental hazard. The oil presents harm to the health of land and marine animals while often causing irreparable damage to the affected ecosystems. It follows that cleaning up oil spills is of paramount importance.

This Pipeline Challenge activity explores how engineers work in a team to solve problems, such as planning a pipeline to deliver water, oil, or gas to a community.

Create a watershed using paper and markers to see how precipitation causes areas with pesticides/pollutants to drain down into rivers, lakes, and streams ending up in the ocean

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