I am a Lieutenant in the Navy, Officer of the Deck qualified, qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer, and a Naval Academy graduate (I don’t know if any of that counts for much, but I figured anyone responding would want to know my starting point!). I have some years left in the Navy (how many? who knows…), but I am relatively confident that I would like to continue in the maritime industry after my time in the Navy.
I have very little (read ‘no’) knowledge of the licensing process, other than there is one and that the contributors to these forums seem to have a wealth of information about it. So I’m basically asking for help in going from where I am now to a licensed position.
Specific questions are always the easiest to answer, so here are a few (though don’t feel as though you need to limit your responses…):
I love driving ships and I love running an engineroom. Which direction should I go?
What qualifications do I need?
What can I start working on while still in the Navy?
Are there websites (or threads on this forum!) with specific guidance to take me from no qualifications to a Mates or Engineering license?
Thanks for the help!