I am new to the forum and am impressed with all the information around, so thanks to all who contribute.
Basically, I am looking to get into the merchant mariner life.
I have an Electrical Engineering degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and spent the spring of 2005 at sea on the Golden Bear with the CMA…so I have already technically been a merchant marine once…and frankly I loved being at sea. Granted we, the Cal Poly, students had a different life on board ship than the CMA cadets, but I still got a pretty good taste of what it is like.
Anyways, I graduated in 2007 and have been working in a cube job ever since and am done with it. I am now looking into what it would take to transition in to the merchant marine life and how possible it is to get employed without going through a full academy and/or what the best routes would be at this point.
Also, does having me BSEE help or would I pretty much be starting at the very bottom no matter what until I get some other certs etc?
I appreciate any advice.