How do I become a tugboat operator?

My boyfriend is very interested in this career choice, but we're having trouble figuring out how to get started.

Asked By: tdyberra - 1/6/2007
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The Armed forces is not the best way to become a tug Master, or Mate, because the Coast Guard doesn't always recognize all of your sea time. You need to be licensed, hold a seamans document, have STCW95, and complete a Towing Officer Assessment Record(TOAR). The best way to accomplish this is to go to a maritime... More
Answered By: nytugcapt - 1/6/2007
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The army offers this as a career field, the MOS is 88K or 88L, I am not sure which one, he can talk to an Army recruiter about this if interested.
Answered By: Seth L - 1/6/2007
Most operators start as crew members and work their way up. You will also need a license. Here are a few links.
Answered By: Doug S - 1/6/2007
Starting in the Navy or Army or Coast Guard is a great way to go as long as you can get that job. Another way is to get your Captains License on your own. Get a job onboard a boat (a tug if you can). You will have to put in alot of time in order to get experience and be able to sit for the test. Also when you get the... More
Answered By: mark t - 1/6/2007
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