Hello everyone at gCaptian. I have been lurking the forum for a few weeks now. I hold a valid US Passport, and I just received my TWIC card. I just took my urinalyses yesterday. I will be submitting my MMC application as soon as I get the results. I do not see any issues getting my MMC approved, but I am still real foggy about the details and license structure of the USCG merchant marines. I will try to sum up my experience as concisely as possible. Please give me any input or recommendations you might have about licance application.
I am a 36 year old man. I am a former U.S. Marine. I am located just south of Jacksonville, Florida in the little sea side town of St. Augustine. I was raised here, and it is my plan to keep this as my home of record. I have worked with a friend who runs a 55’ sport fisher for three summers now as a deck hand and mate. Honestly I did not do much but tend lines and bait hooks for the charter guest. It is a fairly large charter company with 5 charter vessels and a commercial fishing vessel. My point is the captain of one boat (good, good buddy) said he will sign off on at least 360 days of sea time as that is about what I actually have on the boat over 3 to 4 summers. He wants to give me more and said the commercial vessel would give me more relevant experience, but I did not honestly serve on that vessel more than 10 or 20 days…… [B]FIRST QUESTION: Should I take my buddy up on his offer to write off a bunch of my sea time? I hear it is some what common. [/B]
As I said I am a 36 year old guy. I have not had a full time job for 3 years now. I was laid off in 2008 and have not been able to find good work since. I decided to change career paths, and Capt. Buddy is stoked to hear. I surprised him with my TWIC card and MMC app. I am a Civil Engineer by training, and I have my E.I.T. (8hour engineering knowledge test, it’s a real b.f.d. in the civil engineering and consulting field and not everybody gets the EIT) I graduated from the University of Florida in 2004 with a BS in Civil and Costal engineering. I was laid off in 2008 and have been unable to find full time employment. I feel like the online application system is flawed and not useful at all, and if you don’t know anybody then you can’t get your foot in the door on land. So now I’m a washed up civil engineer, all I do is surf, fish and try to scrape by. I decided about 3 or 4 months ago to become a merchant marine. I know a few guys that are in the industry and they seem like they are very happy and like their jobs more than most. [B]SECOND QUESTION: Will my Civil Engineering degree help me in the merchant marines?[/B]
Basically I have no idea what I should do as far as applying for my MMC. What license or rating should I try to get with 360 days of sea time? What should I do if I want to take advantage of my civil engineering and construction experience? I know hydraulics, pump curve theory, I can read plans and specifications and much much more. I feel like I can be trained to do most any job. I have a strong back and can work like a dog.
Please let me know if I can provide any other details that may be relevant.