[QUOTE=RoyceR;63862]First of all I would like to thank all members for so many responses to my questions. I have decided to go the academy route only because it seems faster and job placement is 95%.
I have been accepted to the Marine Engineering Operations Major…to get 3rd asst. eng.
I wanted to go the Marine Transportaion Operations route but they have no openings( I wanted to get 3rd mate unlimmeted tonnage.
Questions: job market for 3rd eng versus 3rd mate
starting pay 3rd eng versus 3rd mate
I have 3 friends that work for diamond offshore as 3rd asst eng. (havent asked them what they make)
Thank you for all your knowledge, Royce
Oh, I am age 39 will that pose a problem landing a job, are recruiters looking for young guys right outta school?[/QUOTE]Sorry for the late reply. If you want to work Deck then start with what they offer and switch your major. No problem. Once you are at MMA you don’t have to worry about whether they have an opening or not, you just switch. No problem.
For the pay, yeah, deckies will make more but you are pretty much committed to the sea. Engine guys have more options working a regular shoreside job.
For your age question, don’t worry about it. I’m sure you’ve got prior experience that will boost your resume and you are now just following your dreams to go to sea. If I am the captain recommending a man to the employer, do I want to hand over responsibility of navigating a half billion dollar ship and the lives of everyone onboard to a 42-year-old mate that has made this his life’s calling or hand it over to a 22-year-old who’s dad sent him to the academy and thinks life owes him a decent living just for being alive? The fact that you are doing this at age 39 convinces me of the responsibilty you are willing to accept and shows the drive to succeed in your field. Your resume would go to the top of the pile.