Trying to change careers to be a merchant mariner

I am 53 and wanting a new career. I spent 6 years in the navy as a fire control technician. I got out and worked on electronics for 10 years then went back to school to become a paramedic. I live in Hilo Hawaii and I am very interested in some deck hand jobs available. I need to obtain my TWIC and MMC. Does anyone have any tips or advise, I would really appreciate it.

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Some kind soul is bound to come along and answer your questions. While you’re waiting, you can help yourself by researching previous threads where questions by people in your situation have been asked and already answered.
Good luck, and by the way, start by using the right nomenclature. The marines are the guys who storm beaches. The people on this forum are mariners.

Mariners deliver Marines?

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Foss has a deckhand posting right now for Hilo Hawaii on their website. I’d give them a call…


I believe this road been described many times - you stop by SIU hall, do all paperwork necessary and than go to their school. After few month in school they will send you to one of the ships, also for a few month. Than back to school, seat for all tests necessary and you are done!
ps. As far as I now, the nearest SIU hall for you is in Honolulu

I got my MMC at 56. If your body can take it you’re not too old. I’ll be making 6 figures as a
steward on a ore carrier in the Great Lakes.


Yes, stay hell away. It’s not worth it anymore.

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I retired 4 years ago, ex Uscg and licensed chief engineer, money was good but gone all the time, good luck to you sir :slight_smile:

Considering your background and interest in deckhand jobs, it’s great that you’re looking to transition into a new career. Obtaining your TWIC and MMC would be a good first step.

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