Thinking about Changing My Career to Boat Designer??

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  1. AnthonyS
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    AnthonyS Mechanical Designer

    Hi All,

    I have been a Mechanical Designer for over 20 years. Mainly in the water treatment industry and 2 years ago changed industries to food and beverage and now the piping designer for an engineering firm in California designing equipment layout and piping layout in large food/beverage plants. I have been doing all my work in CADWorx that plugs into Autocad 2012. i have taken Solidwork classes with certificates of completion in all available classes and a Certified Associate in Autodesk Inventor 2009 pro. 3D Cad is pretty much my preferred tool of use

    Recently I have been thinking about changing my career to boat/yacht design. I have always wanted to learn to sale and own a boat that I can use for weekend get away's, except finances have prevented this luxury from happening.

    I have a lot of design experience in process areas and was thinking about doing the Westlawn online program and get a job designing boats.

    I suppose my main question is, is this a good career move for someone who is 46, does it pay well/okay, I currently make around 70-75k. is there an industry demand for this career, is Westlawn a good and reputable school. Here is a link to the coarse I was thinking about persuing (http://www.westlawn.edu/course_info/overview.asp)

    Its all online which I do like, due to my current job that requires me to travel a lot and is hard to make time for classroom work. Based on the research I have already undertaken its hard to really establish if this is a good career change for someone of my age, I just love being around boats.

    After attending the San Diego 2014 boat show and browsing the interiors and exteriors I really wanted to become a live aboard and was thinking about purchasing a 40-60 ft boat to have as my home. Again time at this point made that idea in practical.

    Your thoughts on this career as a boat designer would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Anthony
     
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    AnthonyS Mechanical Designer

    Ye sorry, just wanted to get the best advice possible about this potential career change, but i need to rethink my options. Thanks very much for all the helpful tips.

    Anthony
     

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