Chief Technical Officer
P & O Cruises

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Anthony W

00:00:02 My name’s Anthony W, my job title’s Chief Technical Officer. I have 20 officers and about 80 crew, who in various forms are all there to maintain the ship. So I’m sort of overlooking the whole operation, but I tend to rely most on my two deputies, my Staff Engineer and my Staff Technical Engineer, who do the – the actual managing of their departments.

00:00:31 The element I enjoy the most about my work is – anything can happen, and usually does. It’s – it’s – day to day it could be anything. You have a fault with a machine in one part of the engine room, or you can have a fault with something in the passenger area. So every day can be completely different.

00:01:49 The interest in engineering came from my father definitely, because ever since I can remember he was always tinkering in the garage with a bit of engine, or a carburettor or something. He was an apprentice at English Electric in Preston, and learnt to be a toolmaker, so he was very much involved in hands-on engineering and metal work. And I was always fascinated to watch him do things with his hands.

00:01:12 When I was at school the subjects I enjoyed the most were actually Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics I was good at but I didn’t really enjoy it. The Physics side of things was always my – my sort of big interest. I was fascinated with anything to do with science and atoms and molecules and outer space, inner space, anything. Still am, to a certain extent. I had no actual plans to go into Further Education, ’cause I knew, from a very early age, that I was going to be an Engineer of some description, and I was going to do an apprenticeship. I was determined on doing that. My initial plan was to go into the Royal Navy, and I chose my options with that in mind.

00:01:57 And it was at a Careers convention when I was 15, at school, that I found out about the Merchant Navy, which is why I’m very keen to be here, to let people know about this. Because I didn’t know anything about the Merchant Navy until that point. And within ten minutes I was hooked. So – they basically described everything that I would have dreamed of, you know, work on a ship and fix anything and everything. He showed me pictures of a guy covered in fuel oil taking a valve out of bottom of a fuel tank on a cargo ship, and I thought that’s me. Don’t know why, I just – I did, I thought I can’t wait to do something like that. You know, it was big piece of kit and a dirty environment, and just getting in – stuck in – that would be – suit me.

00:02:39 The highest point in my career, and there has been many high points actually, has been getting promoted to Chief – to this job. It’s what I’ve aspired to all my career, this is the top of the ladder. I mean there’s a lot more things to be doing, there’s new ships being built left, right and centre, there’s lot of challenges ahead, but if I – if I wish to, I could pursue a further career ashore. Either with this company, or with other companies, you know, in the technical office, or surveying, or as a Consultant. But I’m more than happy to carry on working at sea.

00:03:18 If I went back and started again I’d do it all again, exactly what I’ve done. I cannot see any other job, in any other industry, that gives me the same job satisfaction that this one does. It is a unique job, it’s not an easy job by any means, and perhaps the financial rewards are not that great, but at the end of the day, what you can achieve, and what you can say that I did that, that is fantastic for me. And I’m definitely in my dream job.

00:03:47 ENDS

Anthony W is Chief Technical Officer on a P & O cruise ship. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to be at school until he went to a careers convention and they told him about the Merchant Navy. “Within ten minutes I was hooked… He showed me pictures of a guy covered in fuel oil taking a valve out of bottom of a fuel tank on a cargo ship, and I thought, ‘That’s me.'”

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average salary

The UK average salary is £28,758

average weekly hours

There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

12%  female 
88%  male 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.
Entrants to training usually posses GCSEs/S grades. Vocational training consists either of full-time study for a BTEC/SQA award followed by two years on-the-job training, or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 or 4. An NVQ/SVQ in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance at Level 3 plus further professional qualifications are required to become a licensed aircraft engineer.
  • Plans and prepares work and test schedules based on specifications and drawings;
  • Sets up equipment, undertakes tests, takes readings, performs calculations and records and interprets data;
  • Prepares estimates of materials, equipment and labour required for engineering projects;
  • Diagnoses and detects faults and implements procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment;
  • Inspects completed aircraft maintenance work to certify that it meets standards and the aircraft is ready for operation;
  • Visits and advises clients on the use and servicing of mechanical and chemical engineering products and services.
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