Don't forget the STCW. Youll be hard pressed to find a job that doesn't require that. Good luck.Greetings, Mariners!
I've spent quite a bit of time reading the Coast Guard pages, the mountain of information available here on these forums, and the military sea time evaluation section of the Marine Safety Manual. I have a plan, and just want to outline it here and see if professional sailors think I'm barking up the right tree or not.
Background: Ex-Navy nuke Electrician's Mate, PO2. Only 10 months actual sea service, surface ship. Been out for 11 years. Subsequently completed a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology, in 2004, which I don't use. I currently operate a long-distance tax consulting practice that I can turn on or off at will, and a tiny data service company that only requires me to check in electronically once every couple weeks, together which provide me enough income to scrape by, travel the world, and do oddball crap. My most recent oddball idea is to go back to sea for a year or two, and see the world from the ocean, which the Navy did not provide me with, ironically. I am currently 34 years old.
The plan: I will be going in this week for TWIC enrollment. According to the Marine Safety Manual, as an Electrician's Mate, my sea service is only creditable for demonstrated watchstanding time towards QMED qualifications, and I simply do not have records of that time. Also, my nuclear prototype time (6 months) is creditable at 25%. So, it looks like I get nothing for sea time, and only 6 weeks for prototype. Thus, I'm applying for a MMC from the very bottom: Wiper. No big deal, it's not about the money, but the adventure. However, if I've missed something here and might be able to get a limited QMED ticket, I'm all ears!
The hope: With TWIC and MMC in hand, and Navy sea time, electrical training, and industrial plant SCADA plant control experience on the old resume, I hope to get an engineering slot on a ship going anywhere, and when we hit port every week or three, hopefully I can get online somewhere for a few hours to take care of my other business (which only makes me about $2k/month, like I said, just scraping by with it, but not bad for not having to really work).
I have no pets, no girlfriend, no wife, no house, very little debt, and nothing in storage. I am a permanent traveler, live out of one suitcase, and just got back from Europe to find the next adventure. As long as I have Internet every week or two, I can run my other business.
Soooo....does my plan have merit, or am I going to have a harder time finding a ship to crew on that I'm anticipating?
Thanks much, I look forward to soon joining your ranks!