Saturday, January 30, 2016

FTV Exam Day-One Busy Day

Hello Everyone! Today is our first exam day on board the US TS Kennedy! Students were very busy last night after all of our festivities studying for their first exam day. What are some exams that the students take? Here some examples:

4/C Engineering students take a basic engineering exam, covering their learning in the steam cycle, Thermodynamics, and engine room equipment.  Try these interactive online labs of engineering exam topics.
3/C students for engineering have their Oilers exam. An Oiler, under direct supervision, are responsible for the lubrication of power plant, pumping and/or construction equipment.

1/C Engineers have their CE exam which stands for cadet engineer. they are part of the team servicing the working belly of the ship, Engineering Cadets assist and understudy the ship’s Engineering Officers in their duties.

4/C  Marine Transportation majors will have basic deck briefing exam based on topics like personal safety, fire prevention, seamanship, watch-keeping and basic navigation.

3/C students for deck have to take a written exam on the classes they have
taken as well as a practical assessments like reading a barometer, plotting a DR (dead reckoning,

1/C Transportation students have to take their celestial navigation exam and do assessments on how to site the sun.

On top of their tests, after they are finished they have to clean their rooms and hold for Captain’s Inspections. Captain’s inspections are when Captain Bushy himself comes down in to the cadet living and inspects where we live. This is one of the hardest inspections we have on the ship because he wants everything to be perfect. This is good because if our living quarters were dirty then we would all be getting sick.

Captain’s inspections are the day before we arrive in every port, so we will have 4 of them by the time cruise is over. On top of captain’s we have nightly hold inspections that are done by the cadet leadership onboard. This is to make sure our rooms do not get filthy dirty and then we clean the night before captains.

Cleaning is a big deal on board the ship because if one student or crew member gets sick a majority of the ship gets sick, which can evolve in to a very bad situation. To prevent illnesses from happening we clean the ship 24 hours a day 7 days a week. What I mean by this is that we have a bill (schedule), just like a watch bill with students who literally clean around the hour every hour. For example we have students cleaning from 0800 to 1600 and
1600 to 0000. Everyone is on this bill at least once all of sea term to prevent illnesses from being spread around the ship! Keeping healthy is job one.

Tomorrow we will be arriving in Costa Rica where we have two excursions planned and many things to see!

Until then,

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