high speed/high stress working environment not meant for weakhearted
Technician/Installer (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – June 17, 2016
General day acts like a day at the office, except our office is on a ship, and our job is to maintain systems and lifesaving equipment like air bottles and packs, fire suppression systems, and giving training to all crew members on how to do our job.
I've learned highly efficient time management, cooperation skills, technical and mechanical trade and fire prevention and safety techniques.I've learned that ability to be a leader and direct others when no one else is able to or is not very well trained to do so.
That's thrown in with other trainings going on, last second decision jobs that should have been done in the morning and are now being done at 6 pm at night. constant back and forth "what are we doing now?" confusion from all sides. and the best part? THEY DON'T HAVE TO LET YOU GO HOME. IF they need you to stay, you're staying.
Stress is always a high factor and management skills from upper echelons on down are poor. Co-workers are either best friends till death or the sneakiest S.O.B.S in the underground.
The hardest part about this job is finding ways to get yourself correctly recognized. Either you're the best or you're the worst in your job class. To advance is as much a dog and pony show as it is a luck of the draw.
the most enjoyable part is, at the end of the day when all the work is through, and you're finally let off to go home..... the smiles on your families faces as you see the pride in their eyes. That is what makes it all worth it.
Free lunches, paid leave, You get to work with fire, You a bada**mother, No one messes with you.
short breaks, heavy stress loads, moving 300 lb. objects by yourself, repeatedly, dealing with moronic people.