Everyone working up the hawespipe should read this.
I recently sat for my 3rd Assistant Engineer Motors Unlimited and passed. I have been a ETO for a few years and a QMED before that but I’ve always wanted to be an engineer but would always talk myself out of it. I finally did it and passed all the exams first try, took ERM and completed my assessments. I was then told that I needed 5 more classes for the OICEW endorsement and as you know there is really no where you can work without your STCW’s!
Ok I was upset of course but alright we all know the Coast Guard stuff changes and we bitch and moan but in the end we have to do it in order to work right. I found 1 school that offered the courses needed to complete OICEW and become a STCW 3rd, and the page might as well have been a giant emogi laughing at me until it died because at that moment I about shit myself, all told 80 days of training and $13,700. That’s not including housing, food, gas and lost pay.
Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (courses required for OICEW, no matter what!)
(ERM but I had taken that one, was $1,000 not included in the below totals)
Engineering terminology and shipboard operations. 11.329 (included in either electrical or control systems)
Electrical machinery and basic electronics 11.329 20 DAYS $3,900.00
Auxiliary machinery 11.329 20 DAYS $3,000.00
Motor plants as applicable. 11.329 20 DAYS $2,900.00
Control systems. 11.329 20 DAYS $3,900.00
The day I passed my exams all I could think about is being an officer at Maersk or joining MEBA or AMO working on slow speed 2 stroke diesels in large container ships or tankers or dry bulk. I guess I still have Ultra Deep Sea contruction vessels as a ETO, now I’m not saying anything bad about oilfield work it’s just not exactly what I dreamed of and worked so damn hard for. anyway I was just passing on the information so that others will know before they spend the time and money.