That is the title of the class Dawn and I started on Tuesday at the
Seattle Maritime Academy which is
a department of Seattle Central Community College.
We got there at 6pm as the website said, the instructor seemed to be there
milling around rummaging through things in the front of the room and people were
trickling in and he started the class at 6:30 with barely a hello, barely
introducing himself and mostly he ranted on about the facilities maintenance and
then he told a pretty long story about the VP of SCCC selling a barge
(and losing 9 classrooms and labs which sat on the barge) for \$24K when
the barge surveyed for \$94-100K allegedly the buyer sold the barge on
EBay for \$130K.
Ooookaaay…… is what I was thinking at this point a little confused and
starting to get upset.
He finally started talking a little bit about engines and along the way
gave some miss information about biodiesel, gave some smarmy answers to
questions about propellers. He also mocked the environmental laws, tax
laws, ‘liberals’ as he frequently put it. Its like we teleported Crazy Cooter
from the Dukes of Hazard to Seattle and asked him to be as offensive as possible.
In general the guy was a surly boat engineer, that’s fine, but we also
didn’t cover very much information, didn’t provide an outline of the
class and didn’t give a general engine overview for orientation
We did cover 2 stroke and 4 stroke cycles, which was interesting. We did
cover how fuel usage rates relate to the HP output of the engine, and
how that can also be calculated by measuring the fuel exhaust
I really really hoping the class on Monday was just the guy having a bad
day. I was really excited about this class and if its not going to
improve I’ll have to find something similar somewhere else, but it will
probably cost a lot more. Here’s hoping tomorrow goes much better. He
handed out a bunch of handouts I need to read now.. yay homework. ;-)