New guy question


#1

Hi all, I am currently a millwright with experience in power generation (gas and steam turbines) looking to sail for my first time as a wiper to try and begin a maritime career. What can I expect as a wiper, working conditions, specific jobs etc.? Will any of my prior experience carry over? Also, what are the average pay rates for wiper thereabouts? Thanks


#2

Hah. I see you decided to re-phrase your thread. I’m sure you will have better and less hostile replies now that you’re not asking about how to supplement your current millwright income with mariner work😉


#3

Lmao!! Yea well I guess it DID come across as a little douchey the way I said it last time.


#4

Anyone?


#5

It’s the entry level engine room position, so don’t expect much glory. The job title pretty much sums it up. You’ll be wiping up messes. It’s largely a janitor job. Sweeping, mopping, emptying trash cans and oily rag cans, restocking clean rag bins. Also needle scaling and painting. If there’s a mess to clean up then you’ll be there. On some ships I’ve seen the oiler also help the deck department when it comes to tying up or untying the vessel.


#6

I can live with that. Gotta start somewhere, thanks for the reply