[QUOTE=mjweichold;59932]I am a Navy Vet and I need some guidance on the steps I need to take on becoming a mariner. I have contacted the coast guard and I am in the process of filling out my application and getting my twic taken care of.[/QUOTE]
First, gather all you records which show your ships, your division(s), your rate(s), your assignments and the dates of such. This is needed for the USCG to determine what certificate eligibility you meet.
[QUOTE=mjweichold;59932]I was a machinist mate E-3(sw) worked on a steam ship in the engine room. What do I put down on the application so I can stay in engineering and make sure I get the right qualifications?[/QUOTE]
Again, view your Navy Records (if you have lost them you can write to BuPers and you will be sent copies). This will take some time, unfortunately. Then, with your records handy, under “remarks” carefully list ALL your assignments. You may have enough time to sit for your Third Assistant License, please discuss this with the USCG. With your background in steam I feel all you need to do is purchases applicable books and do your own study. The USCG will tell you if you are eligible. I highly recommend you obtain both steam and motor (diesel), do you have diesel experience? There are several important USCG manuals available, and a lot of good books on the market. I’ve been retired for awhile but should you ever want me to help you with what material you need to purchase kindly send me a private email and I’ll see what I can do.
[QUOTE=mjweichold;59932]Also once all of that is taken care of what steps do I take to find employment? Everything I have heard points me to going to union halls. Is there another option for me?[/QUOTE]
Find the nearest MEBA Hall, with License in hand pay them a visit, again, I can help you with this. There are good non union jobs also available, you will need both steam and motor on your 3rd’s.
I wish you the best of success.