Jake's story

Jake Napoli

Jake Napoli from Portree on the Isle of Skye graduated from City of Glasgow College in June 2018 with an HNC in Marine Engineering.  
 
He speaks highly of the quality of student life and the educational experience offered by Scotland’s largest college. 
 
“Committing to three and a half years of further education was a big step. However, thanks to the college and its staff, not a day goes by that I regret doing so. The cadetship is a great introduction to a hidden industry which has lots to offer.”  
 
“One of the highlights of the course was putting into practice the skills I learned in the college’s working engine room. The opportunity to sail with crew from all over the world, gaining experience on slow speed and medium speed marine diesel engines.” 

Jake’s college career followed the cadetship route to prepare him for a career in the Merchant Navy. Commenting, he said:  

“My Marine Engineering cadetship at City of Glasgow College was a brilliant educational experience. I recommend this route to anyone who shows a keen interest and look forward to promoting it further in the future.

“The facilities at the college are great, there’s plenty of room to study, and the workshops and engine room really help you to get a feel for the equipment that we will use and work on at sea.” 

Jake has since returned to the college and its Faculty of Nautical & STEM to complete his HND in Marine Engineering. Speaking about his long term plans, he said: 

“As I make final adjustments to my project – Dual Fuel Conversion Feasibility - and focus on achieving an A, I am actively seeking employment to commence in June 2019.

“My interests lie primarily in the energy sector. I have always had an appreciation for the technology used in these areas as well as the attitude towards safety. 

“I hope to secure employment with exciting companies such as; Teekay, BP, Shell, Seajacks. It is particularly important that I have the opportunity to work on dual fuel engines."

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The facilities at the college are great, there’s plenty of room to study, and the workshops and engine room really help you to get a feel for the equipment that we will use and work on at sea.

Jake Napoli