Seagoing experience is a basic requirement for nearly every position at MSC. The only position where seagoing experience or skilled training is not required is the Supply Utilityman position. Please review our Now Hiring page to learn more about our open positions.
This really depends on the position you are interested in. Very few positions require no sea time – however, there are a few apprentice type programs designed to offer those with technical experience the chance to earn sea time. To learn more about these positions, please call 1-866-562-7672 or visit a recruiter at one of the upcoming career fairs. Click here to see the schedule of events.
A TWIC card (Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential card) is a security clearance required for all prospects prior to applying with MSC. To obtain a TWIC card, schedule an appointment online and visit one of their 150+ offices nationwide. More about the TWIC process can be found here.
Once your TWIC card is being processed, you’re ready to apply for your MMC. Applications can be submitted directly to one of the Regional Examination Centers of the U.S. Coast Guard or sent via mail. Click on the link for a list of Coast Guard Regional Examination Center locations: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/recs/default.asp. DO NOT send your MMC application to the National Maritime Center, this will slow processing time.
The U.S. Coast Guard requires a general physical and specific drug test prior to issue of an MMC for any rating. Guidelines are provided in the USCG Merchant Mariner Credential Application Package. If currently active duty your physical can be accomplished at the base medical facility. A drug testing letter from your command/commander stating you participate in the random drug testing program is sufficient to submit to the Coast Guard for physical and drug testing criteria. The Drug testing letter is valid for 6 months.
If we select you for an opening for which you qualify, we’ll contact you and ask you to take the following steps:
First, we’ll arrange a medical screening and drug test at our cost to be performed near your home.
After passing these tests, you’ll be eligible for official processing at the Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, Virginia. Travel to Norfolk is your expense and will not be reimbursed. Once you show up, you’ll start to earn pay and benefits.
Upon completion of new employee orientation (4 days), all newly hired CIVMARs attend mandatory training sessions for 3-4 weeks at the MSC training facility in Freehold, NJ or San Diego, CA.
A civil service mariner (CIVMAR) is a Federal government employee who works and sails on U.S. flagged Military Sealift Command vessels.
Yes, but because many MSC ships are operated by civil service mariners, the CIVMARs serving aboard our ships are not subject to the military rules and regulations as are Navy personnel.
There are a few differences. MSC CIVMARs work for the Federal government; regular merchant mariners work for private shipping companies. We supply the Navy; commercial merchant mariners most often supply private industry.
First, complete and submit an Information Request Form. After completion of the IRF, if the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements for the position they are interested in he/he can complete and mail in an official application package. All those who apply for employment are screened for all necessary paperwork, and then they are added to a certificate list for the position for which they are applying. If you’re selected, you’ll be called and offered employment. We’ll give you a reporting date and discuss with you some of the specific job duties you’ll have. (All applicants applying for employment do not necessarily get hired. Veteran’s preference is a factor in the hiring decision.)