I have recently been hired by MSC as a 2nd electrician. I have completed the physical and am waiting for the results. There are a few areas that I have some questions about. If anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it. Some background first. I have been an electrician for over 35 years. I have worked on pretty much every ship system on most kinds of ships over the years including many msc ships. I am not overly concerned about the technical aspects of the work but more in the quality of life type of things.
I have read where 2nd electricians don’t do too much. Changing light bulbs appears to cover most of what they do along with some minor repairs. I have also read that alot of them are content to stay 2nd elecs and not move up. As a highly skilled and motivated electrician who is not afraid to work what are my options for advancement. Do homesteaders clog up the ranks making it difficult to move up? Would I be able to get more hours if I was willing to work and could fix things? I have always been one of the top producers where ever I have worked and don’t see that changing. I also have had little use for no loads and slackers but have learned to live with them.
As far as a ship assignment goes I think that I would be happiest with a ship that pulls into Norfolk Va a couple of times a year as I live here. I am guessing that as a new guy I will get a less than desirable posting and I wonder if there is anything to say or not say to the people who make ship assignments at NEO to to get a suitable posting.
I have been working lately at the naval base in Norfolk and have seen a couple of msc ships tied up there for several weeks now. When ships are in port for extended periods of time or in a yard availability is there an opportunity for overtime or is it pretty much just 40 hours?
I have read where the ships have internet but that 2 way communication like skype or IM is not allowed. Are there any options for internet available like verizon anywhere that would work on the ship? What about cell phones any recommendations on what most people use.
As I said any thoughts or opinions on these questions would be appreciated.