Marine engineer fixes job in exotic locations

27th May 2010 11:57am - Return to press releases

Photo. Marine engineering student Sam Ashby.JPGA marine engineering student has scooped a dream job working on yachts in sunshine locations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Sam Ashby, of Bridlington, will take up the position with Sunsail next month after completing two years at East Riding College's campus in St Mary's Walk, Bridlington.

Sunsail runs flotillas of yachts from foreign ports for charter customers and holidaymakers, and Sam's job will involve servicing diesel engines and maintaining the electrical systems on a number of boats as they sail from island to island. He will also help organise beach parties for the customers.
The ambitious 18-year-old found out about the company when he was at a boat show in London and was handing out his CV to potential employers. 

Sam, a winner at the College's 2009 annual awards, said: "I'm really excited about starting the job and going to live abroad. It's a fantastic opportunity for me and getting a job like this has been an ambition of mine for a long time.
"My course has really helped me to get this job and I'm really grateful for all the help my tutors Mike Farline and Roger McTurk have given me, especially in pushing me to finish my course early so I can start this month."

East Riding College's Bridlington campus runs the highly specialised EMTA Level One and Two Service and Repair of Marine Craft Engines and Associated Systems courses, which Sam has completed in his two years with the College.
The courses, which are only available at a small number of colleges, give students an in-depth knowledge of inboard and outboard engines and associated systems on marine craft.

Sam's tutor, Mike Farline, said: "Sam is an ambitious and hard-working student and he thoroughly deserves to have secured such an exciting and interesting job. We all wish him the best of luck.
"Our marine engineering courses equip students with the skills they need for a wide variety of jobs in the industry or even if they own a pleasure craft and simply want to learn how to maintain it themselves."

For more information about marine or any other courses at East Riding College, visit or call 0845 120 0037. For more information on Sunsail, visit or call 0844 463 6578


Notes to editors

Photographs of Sam Ashby are available. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email