[QUOTE=Capt. Phoenix;181993]Cat, you should go back and read/reread post #12 because you missed some vital information…
Should read After coffee. Thanks!
[QUOTE=SgiobairOg;181938]Joined the NOAA Corps while we were still going through the GMATS school at King’s Point, was assigned to NOAAS [I]Fairweather[/I] for two years, sailing PNW and Alaskan Coast, qualified Officer of the Deck and Coxswain, work was small boat launch and recovery, and fixed and towed hydrographic survey. Also served as Damage Control Officer aboard. After [I]Fairweather[/I] I rotated ashore doing port engineer work but got out to sail on multiple occasions doing hydrographic survey and oceanographic work on NOAAS [I]Delaware II[/I], [I]Ferdinand Hassler[/I], [I]Thomas Jefferson[/I], and [I]Nancy Foster[/I]. Got my Mate 1600 February of last year. Recently sailed on NOAAS [I]Ronald Brown[/I] out in the Pacific doing buoy tending and oceanographic work. Some DP experience on the [I]Brown[/I] but don’t have the qualification there. Have my OICNW, STCW, RFPNW, ARPA, ECDIS, GMDSS, Lifeboatman, and Radar Observer certifications as well. I’m about 90 days and a CELNAV class away from 3M Unlimited.
I know that’s a drop in the bucket as far as a sea career goes but NOAA unfortunately has had too many officers and not enough ships lately so not sailing as often as I’ve wanted. I’m comfortable and confident at sea though and I’m willing to put in the work. I wouldn’t mind coming in as an AB somewhere to build the time for the license upgrades I need, my concern is that I’m coming from a 7-year O2 salary with a family and bills and I’m not confident I can make that kind of money at that level.[/QUOTE]
Capt Phoenix just gave me a nudge…as I missed this post. We work for the same organization. At any rate- I was assuming you were Navy but the advice doesn’t differ much since you are NOAA corps. Get a copy of your service record, and any sea service letters you have. Talk to a license consultant like Chuck Kakuska.
Your port engineer time also counts, but for license upgrades (not originals). If you can gather documentation of that time, do so, for the future.
Once you are credentialed, you can start applying for jobs.