Originally Posted by dofthesea
Anyone have a recommendation for a class in the bay area for celestial navigation
and basic diesil mechanics for cruisers? Trying to to get some more knowledge before I head
out in a few years. I see a few different schools for celestial........ anyone have a good experience?
I started learning
about diesels back in the 70's. Took a class at Chabot Community College in Hayward, Ca. called Diesel Technology and Transportation. FREE tuition.
Then took training at Williams and Lane in Berkeley on 71 series Detroit Diesel.While working at International Harvester in San Francisco
I trained on Cummins NTC 350 and DV 550. Was sent to Peterson
Tractor in San Leandro for factory training on Caterpillar 3208. Bottom fell out of trucking with the fuel
embargos. So I started shipping
out with Military Sealift Command as a Deck Engineer
Machinist. After 4 years working in the engine
room and on deck
, I went to work with a major oil
company on super tankers up to 265,000 DWT. I took a 5 week marine diesel class at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. Cat 3406, Colt Pielstik, Sulzer RND 70. Studied Engine
Room Automation at California
Maritime Academy. Worked my way up from 3rd A/E, 2nd A/E to 1st A/E unlimited horsepower steam and diesel. Was ready to sit for Chief Coast Guard exam when injuries forced early retirement
Diesel training is available everywhere if you just look. Lots on line also.
I took a celestial nav course 35/40 years ago from a Berkeley Professor at his home. I think it was $50.00 then.
I love to teach. I was offered a teaching gig for the Fed Gov. but shipped out as the pay was better. Any way just research
and you will find more than you would want. Good luck.