Hello: When i started working as a Stationary Engineer, after College, I would say about one half of other engineers i met, were ex Navy Boiler Tenders, and or Machinist Mates. As a matter of fact, my School Instructor was an ex Navy Engineer, and started the course at the College in the late 1950's. So, i think the Navy is a very good option to consider. Here is a copy of the latest version of the course i took back in the early 1970's, to give you an idea of why most all graduates go to work as journeyman engineers, if they graduate this 2 year program: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/Documents...ograms/MET.pdf
I suggest you at least see if there is a similar Trade School in your area, if you do not Join the Navy. Don't forget of all the other benefits from serving as well, such as GI bill, travel, etc.. I spent 3 years in the Army myself, and The GI bill paid the tuition for the above course. Good Luck!