[QUOTE=mrdrew;111305]The industry is hard up for qualified engineers. If you don’t have time to do four years at a maritime academy, I would invest in some schooling and qualifications before going out to work. A little education goes a long way in short circuiting your rise through the ranks. Sure you don’t get paid for the time you spend in school, but I’ve found it to be real helpful and worth it.
There is way more to the maritime industry than OSVs and The Gulf. Both coasts, companies large and small, usually are all looking for people. They don’t always post on gCaptain.
Why not look at a short-ish education program and the certification you would get when you’re done. Make some cold calls to various companies in places you wouldn’t mind living, or commuting too. Remember the commutes can someitmes be only once a month. Tell them you just got your <whatever> cert, and were wondering if they were looking for people. That way you can get some real info first hand.[/QUOTE]
Well… To be honest, I’m not quitting my current career on a maybe, It is already a sure thing. I have the offer based on my current experience and education. Once I have the “sea time” to get the required certifications & licenses, I’ll be testing for them. I already have the offer on paper, and I haven’t quit or decided yet. I’m still in the process for a TWIC and MMC so I am in no rush to make a decision right this moment. But as I alluded to in my previous posts, the company, location, and path are already laid out for me due to a friend in the industry, so I’m not really interested in cold calling anyone. In addition, My current occupation is prohibitive of any scheduled classes, and I would need to maintain benefits for my family… So coursework is pretty much out of the question.
I was inquiring to the stability of the industry both in the near future, and the past before deciding
[QUOTE=CaptHH;111364]If you want stability go with CHOUEST or OTTO CANDIES. Not so sure about the rest and for myself I would not go anywhere else if I were you. HOS is publicly traded and Harvey sounds like they are becoming the next tidewater. Just my opinion.[/QUOTE]
What is it that makes you suggest those companies over the others… Also, could you elaborate on “HOS”? I gather that “Harvey” is Harvey Gulf International, And Tidewater is fairly self explanatory. What is wrong with Tidewater and what makes Harvey the “next tidewater”? Also why would CHOUEST or OTTO CANDIES be preferable?
Thanks everyone for the insight into the industry. It really is appreciated.