[QUOTE=brjones;130331]Thats because most of the instructors there never went out and sailed. There used to be a couple, but I dont know if there are nowadays. Talk to Robbie J if he is still there. He actually went out and sailed up to Cheng. Also if Mader is there he was a pretty smart guy, but not sure what is license status was. I am a CMA grad and I am currently sailing Cheng with OSG (MEBA contract). Certainly right now it seems the oil fields is the place to be. I can not speak for that. You can always join MEBA then sail as much or as little as you want. You can pay the $100 to get a card then see if you like it. If you find after your first ship its not for you then move on. No harm no foul and your out the $100.[/QUOTE]
Robbie J is still here, Mader retired. I should go talk to Robbie.
[QUOTE=TSCOTT;130347]Yes you can still climb the ladder to 1st on any boat over 4000hp without restrictions other than just being motor. My reading of the new regs has no change in this. You will be limited by your exp in some instances. MEBA is probably your best bet for time with tonnage. I can attest that AK factory boats are your best bet for being able to work on most everything right out I the gate. Be careful though because outside of hr for the factory boats most hr people have no expiriance with the systems and complexity of these boats to them you will just be a engineer on a fishing boat.[/QUOTE]
I’m really leaning towards MEBA. I like the freedom it offers and I’m also attracted to the fairness and transparency of the distribution of jobs. I recently interviewed with a well known offshore drilling company that said they need lots of engineers. The interview went very well, but talking amongst my peers who also interviewed with them, and who actually got called back after the interview, it became apparent the company is more interested in who you know and if you happen to be a non-traditional gender rather than who is the most qualified. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!