Electrician

Hi my name is Jarrett I’m a apprentice at piney point … My goal is to be electrician. I want know how long does it take to get the endorsements and what steps do I need to take obtain a electrician rating … And the pros and cons of being electrician … Thanks for all your help …

[QUOTE=Slash;106351]Hi my name is Jarrett I’m a apprentice at piney point … I want know …[/QUOTE]

Isn’t that kind of like asking someone what saltwater tastes like when you are swimming in it?

"… I’m a apprentice at piney point … " Don’t they have instructors at that place?

Seriously, you’re already going to Piney Point but you have these questions?

Piney point keeps us in the dark if you went here you might know what I’m talking about. But any “helpful” information would be greatly appreciated

[QUOTE=Slash;106370]Piney point keeps us in the dark if you went here you might know what I’m talking about. But any “helpful” information would be greatly appreciated[/QUOTE]

You can apply to sit for the test based on past experience or I believe take a Coast Guard approved course, which you are enrolled in…

Don’t you have a career counselor type at that school?

Okay, here is some “helpful” information. From what I have heard from friends the, Unions need Reefer engineers and Electricians. Money is supposed to be very good for both. Can’t tell ya what exactly very good means though. It’s the union and I think pay depends on the contracts.

You need to have a QMED in order to get the Electrician endorsement. I do not believe you can get it without it. So 180 days of wiper/engine cadet seatime to get your QMED and then you need to pass the Electricians test in order to get the rating.

Had a very good electrician onboard a Scripps vessel and she was having a hell of a time upgrading to her 3rd’s because none of her seatime was watch standing. She had a masters in electrical engineering and some other degree in electrical design. Heard she was going to have to go back to wiper or oiler and get watch standing sea time in order to upgrade. Not sure on that though. She was a day working electrician and never stood a watch.

The foreign ship I worked on had Electrical engineers and they were kinda on a separate track from the 3rd’s, 2nd’s, and 1st’s.

There is my two cents, do with it what you want.

Check out page 39. http://www.seafarers.org/paulhallcenter/schoolcatalog/64717_SIU_Catalog%20indd.pdf

[QUOTE=Slash;106351]Hi my name is Jarrett I’m a apprentice at piney point … My goal is to be electrician. I want know how long does it take to get the endorsements and what steps do I need to take obtain a electrician rating … And the pros and cons of being electrician … Thanks for all your help …[/QUOTE]

Jarret, are you still in 1st Phase or are you in 3rd Phase?

I’m in 1st phase i shipping out within a week …

I went through there in class 614 (2001). Stay safe and ask a lot of questions.

Class 488 here, man how things have changed. When we showed up there were plenty of people to answer all your questions. They even had career flow charts that showed seatime and classes required to go from wiper to third. All this stuff was posted on the walls in the mess area.

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[QUOTE=Kingrobby;106373]Okay, here is some “helpful” information. …

You need to have a QMED in order to get the Electrician endorsement. I do not believe you can get it without it. So 180 days of wiper/engine cadet seatime to get your QMED and then you need to pass the Electricians test in order to get the rating…[/QUOTE]
Electrician is a QMED rating. With 6 m,onths in the engine department you can sit for any QMED endorsement except Deck Engine Mechanic and Engineman.

[QUOTE=Kingrobby;106373]Okay, here is some “helpful” information. From what I have heard from friends the, Unions need Reefer engineers and Electricians. Money is supposed to be very good for both. Can’t tell ya what exactly very good means though. It’s the union and I think pay depends on the contracts.

You need to have a QMED in order to get the Electrician endorsement. I do not believe you can get it without it. So 180 days of wiper/engine cadet seatime to get your QMED and then you need to pass the Electricians test in order to get the rating.

Had a very good electrician onboard a Scripps vessel and she was having a hell of a time upgrading to her 3rd’s because none of her seatime was watch standing. She had a masters in electrical engineering and some other degree in electrical design. Heard she was going to have to go back to wiper or oiler and get watch standing sea time in order to upgrade. Not sure on that though. She was a day working electrician and never stood a watch.

The foreign ship I worked on had Electrical engineers and they were kinda on a separate track from the 3rd’s, 2nd’s, and 1st’s.

There is my two cents, do with it what you want.[/QUOTE]

Were you talking about Angie? I was an electrician on Roger Revelle from 2010 to 2012. My brother replaced me.

[QUOTE=seamanloloko;163189]Were you talking about Angie? I was an electrician on Roger Revelle from 2010 to 2012. My brother replaced me.[/QUOTE]

Not meaning to bump your necropost but I couldn’t help but notice what Kingrobby said about that electrician.

If she had a degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited school, she should have had no trouble at all upgrading.

Hopefully by now, she’s learnt that. Also, dayworking time is still creditable time.

Someone was boolsheeting that girl.