Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
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Congrats again Bart! I know you have been anxiously waiting this day!
Actually, his goal should not be to get his second mate's license, it should be to get his Master's license. He took the combined 3rd mate & 2nd mate exam so all he needs for the upgrade to 2nd Mate is seatime.
The secret service seems to me like a 180° turn around for someone who has a degree in Marine Transportation. I can't imagine what the secret service would want with a licensed mariner. But they may take a good hard look at him because he was part of a Regiment.
The oil industry is hiring right now. Transocean, Global and Pride are the major players in the deepwater industry. The entry level position for him would be this:
DYNAMIC POSITIONING OPERATORS
Positions require Nautical Institute Dynamic Positioning Training courses and other regulatory and non-regulatory courses as required along with knowledge of all technical calculations required for the safe operation of the drilling unit and basic computer skills. Some DPO positions may also require a valid 2nd or 3rd Mates license.
We work 12 hour days so for the USCG that is 1.5 days seatime for each day worked (Coast Guard calls a day 8 hrs). So on a 3-week on, 3-week off rotation he would have his 2nd Mates in about a year and a half.
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."