“Welcome to machine shop”
Safety first as always, put that jumper on, overall. The helmet or goggles for your eyes please. Lastly, never treat this place like playground.
Men rule this room full of machineries. I am the only woman in this class. Oils and steels will steer my hands, sweat like an ice cold water in a glass, as a seafarer someday. I need to learn to make my own tools. There’s no excuse for this, whenever supplies ran out. It has to be replaced right away. Being away from the land, and carrying passengers on your spine as an engineer, mistakes should have no place.
Iron floating in the sea. Our beloved ship, will be needed some tender loving care as the barnicles, mussels and rust will be appearing and sticking to her like her boyfriend. Iron and salt in chemistry manners, they never been friends in the history, just saying.
In this class it’s all about molding each pieces of metals into shapes that will fit to each other like jigsaw puzzle. Strong arms that will twitch and grip this machine for the product of perfection. What a beauty in this work once you finish and see your own piece, bolt and screw. It made me realise that I can also be that man, who can do these things. It’s starting to get really fun and exciting when I am starting to polish the product, I created with my bare little hands. I never needed a man to help me out on this, ofcourse except my professor. I want to learn on my own, but there will be times that you will be in a group, cooperation and unity have won wars just like the Trojan horse story anyway.
Underneath the deck, the heart of the ship. Every reasons for this ship to sail in that big blue sea, surfing against the waves will be in our hands. Moving back together whatever loosen up and off their right positions, replacing each parts if it cannot be repair anymore. Nothing is easy, even you already have these angel in disguise machines to make things a lot easier, believe me it can also be your nightmare. Long attention span like watching Goblin(the trending Korean movie). Focus is a must. As forceful and sharp this amazing technology, don’t forget that it sharpen tools and polish edges, and it cuts that thick piece of iron! It can also cut you into pieces, effortlessly. Jeez, not my hands. I cannot live without!
As you grip, treat it like your ex that made you a fool. As you cut, think of that someone that never stop using her tongue. Lastly, polish that dirty mind off yours.
However, For all women out there, who wants to be a marine engineer and love challenging these society’s laws that some work can only be done by man. I want to be an example that we can do this too! Never lose that confidence to see what’s out there, to get paid by generous amount of cash and to travel for free, now we’re talking. Bon voyage!