I’d appreciate it if I could get opinions, advise, suggestions and directions. I’m licensed universal ODP HVAC-R guy with a diploma in HVAC-R. I graduated in 2012 and worked as HVAC Tech for 2yrs before I joined the corporate world working as HVAC Quote Specialist, HVAC Consultant & my current role as Technical Projects Coordinator.
I’m getting bored sitting at the office Mon-Fri (now working from home). I feel less challenged because it has become a routine and I feel I’m not using my mechanical/technical skills acquired even though I work on the side as an independent tech. I love working with my hands.
I’ve always had a thing for working on planes or ships but never got the opportunity and I feel it’s time to go for it now. My current pay ($65,000/yr base) is good for a young man at 32 who has no family commitments but after working so hard to be 100% debt free for 3yrs now. I’m not motivated by money anymore & I feel wasted sometimes. I just want to enjoy working as an engineer in ships and travel the world.
I talked to MSC recruiter and he says even though I qualify for the QMED-Electrical/Refrigerating Engineer role but since I don’t have any sea time, I need to start as Wiper then after attaining 180 days I can take the QMED exam and get promoted to QMED. I have already applied for my TWIC, did my medicals & drug test for MMC (Submitting application for MMC next week).
Is it better to start as a Wiper with MSC or take a class to become QMED right away? How easy/hard is it to be promoted at MSC? Recruiter said I can be promoted after 180 sea time. Also any learning materials/guides that can help me if I want to take the QMED exams by myself? Thanks all & sorry for long post.