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Old 24-04-2010, 17:56   #1
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Would Like Nautical Career Advice

Forgive me for my ignorance on this topic but I am trying to find some answers for my fiance. He would like to explore a boating/marina career (on the West Coast of Florida specifically) in an engine mechanic or Chief Engineer position. Unfortunately, we've hit many dead ends and would greatly appreciate any guidance or personal insight.

Currently, he is working as an Engineer on a major U.S. cruise liner and is on track to take his examination to become a certified Chief Engineer early next year. The only problem is he is an Italian citizen so a company would need to sponsor him here in the states until he recieves his green card... which leads me to the next few questions...

1. What types of nautical fields could he venture in with no college degree while still being able to make a decent living? Seems everything these days requires a degree of some sort.

2. Since he is a non-citizen would this greatly affect his chances of becoming a potential candidate? He has Italian Navy experience and 4 years as an Engineer on major U.S. cruise liners. Do companies in this industry frown upon sponsoring non-citizens?

3. We've combed through many job sites for the past couple months and there really isn't much out there. However, the current city I reside in is on the list for top cities in FL for engine mechanic jobs... Are engine mechanic and/or Chief Engineer careers seasonal positions?

4. How difficult is it to find a Chief Engineer position? What is the frequency that you are away at sea?
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