I am at a point in my life where I want a career change. I feel like I am getting by, but not going anywhere if that makes sense. I worked for MSC as a wiper from 1988 to 1989 (yeah, I know) and I’m interested in returning to the Engineering Department. I have attempted to get a record of my “sea time” but was advised that records that old are sent to National Archives and Records. I was further advised that there would only be a record of my federal employment as when the records reach them, they are subsequently purged. I would be receiving the standard SF-50 record of FederalEmployment. So there went my chances utilizing my 180 days of seatime to potentially qualify for a QMED endorsement. Plus the sea timewould have to be evaluated by the USCG and I think it needs to bewithin 5 years.
So my plan is to get the MMD endorsement of Wiper and start there. I have a current passport and I’m awaiting the arrival of my TWIC card.I should have no issues with the background check as I am prior military and currently in law enforcement. I am in good shape medically and should have no issues with the med exam.
I am a Gulf War Veteran and qualify for the 10 point veterans preference if hired. I have extensive electrical training on many of the Army helicopters and feel once I obtained the required sea time and passed the USCG electricians exam, I may be able to pursue a career as a ships electrician.
My wife is good with me being gone, hell, I think she looks forward to it!!! The TWIC application has been submitted, I have a current passport, and will be getting a MMD rating of Wiper soon. All I need is the wiper position to open. Any insight into any wiper openings would be helpful too.
My question is if given the job offering of wiper, what is the process from accepting the offer to telling my family and cop buddies good-by. Also, how long is the time frame I will be away from my current job during the application process. I have leave saved up but if anyone could shed some light on this matter I would greatly appreciate it.
Oh, and I am aware if I would have kept working with MSC, I would be Chief Engineer by now, no wait, I could have retired!!! hahaha.
Thanks for your time,