Interview with Junior Engineer Jack Orr

Jack Orr recently started working as a Junior Engineer on the Bibby WaveMaster 1 after completing his studies in December last year. Jack was previously sponsored by Bibby Marine as an Engineering Cadet and sailed on the WaveMaster 1 in 2018, helping transport engineers to unmanned gas platforms in the Dutch North Sea.

He studied Marine Engineering at City of Glasgow College during his cadetship from 2017 to 2020. He aspires to one day become a Chief Engineer in the merchant Navy. We ask him some questions about his experience so far…

What have you learnt from your experience as a crew member?

I feel as though I have a better understanding of certain pieces of machinery and systems now that I am operating and maintaining them.

Do you enjoy being back on the WaveMaster?

I do enjoy being back, it is obviously a huge advantage that I have sailed on the vessel before and know my way about. A lot of the crew are the same from when I left, so it is good to see people again. 

What tasks do you do day to day in your job?

Mainly planned maintenance tasks, although there is some unplanned maintenance on occasion. Also, watchkeeping, operation of various machinery and completing the engine logbook.

Have you always been interested in the marine industry?

I haven’t always been interested in the marine industry, but I’ve always had a passion for engineering and working hands on. I was told about marine engineering cadetships from a family member whilst in school and it seemed a great career path.

Jack on the WaveMaster 1

What is the most difficult part of your job?

It would probably be the responsibility I have as a watchkeeper; it was very daunting on my first trip due to my lack of experience but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

What is the most fun part of your job?

Having a well equipped gym and a sauna on board is really great. Also, every day is often different on board which keeps things interesting. 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work I often walk, mountain bike and play golf.

What advice would you give young people interested in joining our industry?

During my cadetship I sailed on 3 vessels, some were more challenging than others, and I lost a lot of motivation. My advice to someone starting a cadetship is that even if your sea time isn’t the best, stick at it and don’t quit because it’s definitely worth while once you are qualified, it’s a great industry to get involved in.


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