Okay, I understand that there are dedicated “stickies” to these types of questions. I’d like to preface that I have been doing some browsing, researching, talked with a few folks, talked to the local NMC facility (Portland, OR, by the way, Washington State resident here), and I have a vague baseline knowledge of what my next steps are before I start to shotgun resumes from coastline to coastline.
Honorably discharged from Navy in May, 2009 (Auxiliary Machinist Mate on Submarines, 4 years). Recently a friend who holds a Chief Engineer license and pulled a Rasputin on me and I go through the necessary paperwork, get approved to test (have letter stating I can test out for QMED (Any) Rating from Q800-Q808) I currently have a valid TWIC card, US Passport, MMC Medical Certificate, and had just passed my Oiler I&II exams (trying for the others, but proctor informed me I can call her up anytime to say I’m done with testing out and she’ll submit for the MMC card/book/license with Oiler certs). Right now it seems the only thing I would need is STCW Basic Safety Training and the RFPEW binder thing (Chief friend said print out all the engineer stuff from NMC website and put into giant binder, believe it’s similar to Navy Qual Cards as signatures for demonstrated proficiency for all things Engineering-side aka treat it like a Bible.)
That was to give the nitty gritty details that ones might ask to to give better advice. My questions: are their etiquettes/faux pas about the interview process? ie. if I live out-of-state and get offered an interview job, will company fly me out on their own dime or is it always on mine (therefore behooves of me to look at the WSF jobs, I’ve seen pop up here?) If and when hired, and given the crew rotation and not on boat, but don’t live in area? Does company provide hotel/lodging/fend for self? ie. I live in WA, but company is in LA, go out to sea and pull back in to LA to swap crew, does company pay or provide cheap lodging if not wanting to fly back home? Or even allowed to fly back home in some cases? Also respectfully request if anyone has any information about potential checklists for things to watch out for/look for in companies, any search terms (I seem to be lacking even in that area to try and define what I’m trying to seek information-wise), cliff notes, key words-tricky phrases, quick guide for getting your affairs in order so if you happen to get hitched for a long stint, you don’t happen to have a “oh shit, left burner on/forgot to do this” moment and come to find out after getting back, all your shit is up and vanished, gone whatever.
Again, thanks for letting me post here, this seems like a great place once I can get my feet wet again and settled in somewhat familiar territory. I’m single, decent shape, non-drinker/smoker, no drug problems, no problems with law, no child support/girlfriend/wife/gay lover/whatever floats yer boat, tend to live a minimalist lifestyle, just seem a bit weary about just waving goodbye to everyone and leaving halfway cross the country to then have some weird bullshit happen and now I got to make ends meet to hoof it back. I just like to be prepared and have my ducks in a row, just…with all this new community discourse language/acronyms being flung about, it’s a bit much to try and absorb, apply, and take advantage of it. Thanks again, this is me getting off the damn soap box now.