"I love the adventure of being at sea. You're sailing out into this hostile environment and you never know what's going to happen."

Canada has 3,000 kilometres of inland waterways (excluding island coastlines).

Ever wonder what it takes to keep those big Canadian Navy ships in top notch condition? Ask Louise McGowan, Marine Engineer in HMCS Ville de Quebec. Marine Engineers, or "stokers" as Louise describes herself, are the personnel who operate, monitor and maintain a ship's mechanical equipment.

Louise spent all of her teen years as a sea cadet then joined the Navy when she was 22. Louise signed up because she figured it was time to settle down. Settle down and travel, from the looks of it!

Did you know? Canada has about 60,000 kilometres of coastline.

Louise makes about $40,000 a year as a marine engineer with the Canadian Navy. Louise says it's a job that's right for her. Her future aspirations include writing a book about the life perspective of a Canadian sailor.

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Louise loves the adventure that a career in the military gives her. If youíre interested in a career with the Canadian Forces check out their recruiting website at recruiting.dnd.ca. You just need to be at least 17-years-old, a Canadian citizen and pass medical and physical fitness tests. Thatís all it takes to start you in an exciting and rewarding career in the Canadian Forces.

Louise believes other women would enjoy her job because itís never routine. Every day is unique with new horizons and different challenges. If you think you might be interested in a career our countryís Navy check out navy.dnd.ca to learn more.


Education: Navy qualification courses

Hobbies: Bag pipes, writing