[QUOTE=jhrdlick;178435]Hi everyone, looking for career advice in the Tugboat industry. I’m a young guy looking for a career change to eventually become a tug capt/pilot. I’ve briefly looked up some schools, but I don’t want to do too much research on that until I get some questions answered about the schedule and hours of a tug crew first.
I’ve heard that 2wks on 2wks off is a [I]normal [/I]schedule. But I’ve also heard guys say that they work 1wk/1wk or even 1-2 days. Is there any reasoning behind this? I would assume crews that work local jobs are the ones working 1-2 days. I personally would like to work the southeast coast - any idea on what my schedule would look like? I know this depends on company, but at least an estimate or maybe first-hand knowledge?
How’s the work/life balance? I have a girlfriend who I plan on marrying, she’s not too keen on the whole 2wk/2wk schedule. I could probably swing the 1wk/1wk deal. But are jobs like that scored through seniority? Should I even consider this if she doesn’t like me being away from home for too long?
I know, a lot of questions…I just love being on the water and want to get more involved with pretty much all things nautical, I can definitely see myself getting passionate about a job like this and the comradery that comes with it.
Thanks - look forward to hearing your thoughts.[/QUOTE]
What type of pilot do you have your sights set on? A docking pilot holding a Federal license or a State pilot with both State and Federal licensing? Know what you’re shooting for before you get your feet wet.
What port or ports are you seeking to be a pilot candidate in? It matters. A lot.
I have to concur with my colleagues regarding keeping the girlie or choosing a tough, yet very rewarding career.
If she’s unhappy with the prospect of you being away for these periods of time, she’s going to downright come to hate you when you actually get out there.
35 years on tugs and ships for me now. Came up on deck. Did a lot of kewl shit too.
Then again, I turn 50 next month, have never been married, have no children and I’m staring down old age alone.
Of course, your mileage may vary.