Engineering interest

Hi all. The guy at the AFCO said i should get a Haynes Manual and "pimp the car" to see if i like the kind of thing that stokers do... i think he mostly thought i wouldn't like getting greasy :roll: So, i have one, but are there any other books for total novices at this kind of thing? Any website recommendations i'd be grateful for too. You know, like Engines For Total Idiots or something.
 
If you can wait until tonight I shall ask the PO Stoker, although I can tell you that he loves tinkering with anything vaguely technical - computers, electrics, mechanics, plumbing etc. Are you that way inclined?
 
Yes, that'd be great, thanks! Yep, i do like having a tinker. The only reason i haven't taken the car apart is because i wouldn't be able to put it back together again and i need it. I always wanted to be a car mechanic until i was about 15, when i wanted to be a car mechanic and in the Navy :)
I like computers, have minimal electronic skills (GCSE electronics: grade E!) and haven't really had opportunity to try anything with mechanics other than titting around with Mechano 'til i was too old to. I applied for a plumbing course once :)
Basically, i am very interested in this trade but know nothing about the kind of things i'd have to do. I want to show that i can do the job and not be at a huge disadvantage if i do get the opportunity to do it.
 
snapdragon said:
Yes, that'd be great, thanks! Yep, i do like having a tinker. The only reason i haven't taken the car apart is because i wouldn't be able to put it back together again and i need it. I always wanted to be a car mechanic until i was about 15, when i wanted to be a car mechanic and in the Navy :)
I like computers, have minimal electronic skills (GCSE electronics: grade E!) and haven't really had opportunity to try anything with mechanics other than titting around with Mechano 'til i was too old to. I applied for a plumbing course once :)
Basically, i am very interested in this trade but know nothing about the kind of things i'd have to do. I want to show that i can do the job and not be at a huge disadvantage if i do get the opportunity to do it.
Drink lots of beer, eat lots of pizza and hump ugly old birds and you will be fully qualified to be a stoker.
Oh yeah, and maybe some gash tatoos as well.........
 

imom1406

War Hero
Lingyai said:
snapdragon said:
Yes, that'd be great, thanks! Yep, i do like having a tinker. The only reason i haven't taken the car apart is because i wouldn't be able to put it back together again and i need it. I always wanted to be a car mechanic until i was about 15, when i wanted to be a car mechanic and in the Navy :)
I like computers, have minimal electronic skills (GCSE electronics: grade E!) and haven't really had opportunity to try anything with mechanics other than titting around with Mechano 'til i was too old to. I applied for a plumbing course once :)
Basically, i am very interested in this trade but know nothing about the kind of things i'd have to do. I want to show that i can do the job and not be at a huge disadvantage if i do get the opportunity to do it.
Drink lots of beer, eat lots of pizza and hump ugly old birds and you will be fully qualified to be a stoker.
Oh yeah, and maybe some gash tatoos as well.........

You will also need rank Epaulettes with Velcro, because you will be busted on a regular basis!
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
imom1406 said:
You will also need rank Epaulettes with Velcro, because you will be busted on a regular basis!

Years ago, when I made the dizzy heights of LRO(T) and a mate reached CY about the same time we went out for a few lemonades to celebrate; his Dad (ex-RN WW2 submariner) commented "I bet I made PO and Killick more times than both of you put together!" :)
 

imom1406

War Hero
JMEM(M) - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M)- DQ's - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M) DQ's -MEM(M)

Actual career of a stoker on Brilliant....not on the same ship obviously it took him several drafts....class act tho!
 
imom1406 said:
JMEM(M) - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M)- DQ's - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M) DQ's -MEM(M)

Actual career of a stoker on Brilliant....not on the same ship obviously it took him several drafts....class act tho!

What a lad! But I think you may be putting off the potential stoker! You should explain that it is not mandatory to go to DQs and then lose your rate!
 

imom1406

War Hero
rosinacarley said:
imom1406 said:
JMEM(M) - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M)- DQ's - MEM(M) - LMEM(M) - PO MEM(M) DQ's -MEM(M)

Actual career of a stoker on Brilliant....not on the same ship obviously it took him several drafts....class act tho!

What a lad! But I think you may be putting off the potential stoker! You should explain that it is not mandatory to go to DQs and then lose your rate!

True and i'm sure he's not a thieving git either!
 
Snapdragon, have spoken to the PO Stoker and he is a bit grumpy this evening on account of the new kitten. However he did say that he was taught all that he needed at Sultan, along with cleaning and polishing and marching blah blah. However, I think you cannot go far wrong if you enjoy finding out how things work, taking them apart, putting them back together again etc. Although I understand it is generally a stoker's job onboard to deal with the sewerage system, so having a strong stomach helps.
 
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