Greetings everyone, thanks to all the posters on this thread for all the great information that you share with the community.
I started this thread in an attempt to uncover information about jobs that are not well known, and hard to find. Specifically, I was hoping that you would all share any information you have about maritime jobs with defense companies OR companies with other Federal & State contracts, both domestic and international.
There are many lucrative civilian jobs out there for mariners who know where to look, many in support of the military, but also working on other Federal and State projects. In my experience, these jobs are hard to uncover, and generally not well known.
For example: Shortly after earning my first license, I went to work for Raytheon as captain of a landing craft on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. I discovered this job on a sun-bleached old flyer posted on the job board at the Seattle Maritime Community College in Ballard. I had no idea what or where Kwajalein was when I applied, nor was I aware that Raytheon and similar companies employed professional mariners. [Note: Raytheon no longer has the contract for this base, but there are Engineering jobs open NOW with the current contractor KRS (a consortium of Bechtel, Lockheed Martin and others) you can view all the current openings at: http://www.krsjv.com/job_ops_list_cdc.html#marine]
Had I not stumbled on that flyer, I would never had found that job, or known that Raytheon even employed mariners.
Another Example is the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center. They test torpedos and other military hardware at this location, and employ civilian mariners to operate their fleet of vessels. Currently, the contract for this base is with a company called CSC. The only reason I know about this one is because a co-worker of mine worked out there many years ago. Before that, I had never heard of CSC, or had any idea what they do. [FYI: they currently have a job posed for “seaman”, see my post on the job leads thread for information.]
Metson Marine http://www.metsonmarine.com/company.html is a company that has operations in CA, HI, FL and others. I had previously applied with these guys looking for a job following a summer in AK. Don’t remember how I found them, and still don’t know much about what they do.
Raytheon, Bechtel, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing…these are some of the big names in Defense, and they employ tens of thousands of people worldwide. For that reason, it is difficult to find the jobs on their sites. One company might classify a job as “Captain” while another classifies the same job as “Master” or simply “Operator”. To make matters worse, there are dozens of other companies who may have maritime positions that I have never heard of (such as CSC).
Please reply to this post with any information you have about maritime jobs similar to those I have mentioned, even if there are not any current openings. Include jobs that you may have had in the past, or jobs that you have heard of from friends or co-workers.
If anyone knows of a resource where someone can look to find out what companies have the Federal contracts, that would be a good starting point. I know all this information is out there somewhere. For example: the US Navy here in Washington uses civilian mariners to operate a fleet of NAVY tugs at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Subase Bangor. For the life of me, I can not find any information on what company employs the guys who operate those tugs. Another example: I have been told by close friends that there is a flurry of activity going on at the Pacific Missile Test Range, with lots of gear and equipment being moved to San Clemente and San Nicholas islands, and also to Vandenberg Air Force Base where they are building some massive launch pad. I have scoured the web looking for information on what companies are moving this stuff, or supporting these operations, but I can’t find anything. If you know anything about these operations, please reply here.
Any information you may have on these Hard to FIND jobs…please post reply. Thanks.
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”