"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).
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
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.
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.
Education: Navy qualification courses
Hobbies: Bag pipes, writing