DPWannabe-What kind of money are you thinking you would get paid?* I do not know much about the rigs or drillships.* I know they have some unlicensed DPO's working, but in my opinion not having a Coast Guard license narrows the number of companies that would hire you.* All DPO's should have a Coast Guard license.* I am not debating whether this makes you a better DPO or not, I am just saying this is the way it should be.* If you can stand possibly breaking out and working as an OS and then AB and then Mate.* That would be my suggestion.* The deal Transocean/Santa Fe with their DPO's seems pretty damn good too.* I am just unsure what their willingness to hire someone to be DPO with no prior MARINE experience at all.* There are only two weeks of classroom training involved in being a DPO.* You complete the basic DP class.* Then return to your vessel for at least 30 days of supervised training during which time you complete seagoing familiarization training. i.e. setting the vessel up on DP, alarm monitoring, reference systems, power failure, etc.* After being signed off on each level you attend the advanced DP class. Then you return to the vessel and complete I believe 180 days then send your book in to the Nautical institue and BAM!!! You are a DPO.* Not much to it.* Ridiculous, but that's it.* If you were to go OS to AB to Mate to Master, depending on type of licensing you are looking at about a 6-10 year road respectively to get to the top of the licensing scheme.* That is being ultra aggressive.* One screw up, and I mean one screw up and you are history.* I know that is being melodramatic, but sometimes there is a lot at stake.* Either way you go, if you are going to want to make this a career you WILL have to get a license of some sort.* If you do this at a minimum you will have to get your MMD (Merchant Mariners Document)* and a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential).* So you could start there.* Talk to some companies.* This should get you started.* You will find out the more questions you ask, the more questions you will have.
There are those who can and there are those who will, which one will you be today?