19, from MN, living in AZ, I am a certified Fluid Power Specialist (hydraulics/pneumatics) and will be a Fluid Power Applications Engineer in the spring. I’m young and have that as a fall back. I have always been drawn to hard, honest work. I don’t have my neccesary credentials yet as I figured I should ask some questions first.
I’ve been doing a lot of searching/reading on all sorts of topics on this site and have not heard much about the West Coast, why is that? I prefer the west coast (not really a California fan but I know they have ports).
I am mainly interested in large ships, I’m assuming it’s not real practical for such ships to hire young, inexperienced help. Am I right in assuming most positions within my scope would be smaller, short trip boats? The only reason I’m drawn towards larger ships is the longer times between docking.
I can’t imagine my hydraulics training would have much use out on the ocean, would it?
I am fit, hard-working, I have no problem relocating for two months and knocking on doors trying to find work, and am looking to do this for a year or two to decide if it is what I think it is and if it’s a profession I would like to persue. Am I shooting myself in the foot trying, or do I have a shot at getting on a ship? I know at the moment the industry is in a lull but I wouldn’t be looking for work until spring (I realize that doesn’t mean the industry will be booming).
Thanks for any answers/advice,