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  • Any Ex-RN willing to spin some dits, or any dits really!

    Hi All

    I am currently an REA on submarines and after 25 years, I have decided to leave and pursue a career as an ETO. If any submariners are out there, you know what I do, if your an ex-skimmer (sorry about the terminology!), I'm a CEW Artificer (CPO WEA) or CPOET(WESM) that gets a whole lot more than comms and electronic warfare and if I'm talking double dutch, I fix a lot of stuff on submarines including all communications from VLF to EHF (sat comms) and internal communication systems, electronic warfare (like a wide band receivers), telephone systems, radars, periscopes, masts, navigation equipment, computers..............you name it, we get it all! The usual response for a piece of kit going defective when no one knows who's it is, is get the REA! Anyway, I have applied to 'a company' (I'm not sure about any protocol in the forums when talking about the different employers, so I won't say just yet!) as a 2ETO and am looking for any advice, gems of information and basically anything you can think of that I can do to make myself more attractive (plastic surgery is too expensive) to my hopefully, future employer and any interview tips. The first recomendation I received from an ex-submariner was, even though I know an REA can do the 1ETO job, go in as a 2ETO until you learn the politics of the company, and I have followed this.

    As a service leaver, I do have time and grants available to assist me in completing courses that may assist me in my future career but haven't found any I really fancy, so if you would like to propose one, I will gladly look! I know a few people have told me 'the company will pay', but if I don't use it, I will lose it! You can see my full profile on LinkedIn here.

    Hope to hear from someone or anyone soon!!!

    Andy C

    Ohh, I have also read all the old posts in the forum and gleamed quite a lot form there!!!

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy the transition from military to the commercial world.

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    • #3
      Good luck to you and welcome to the forum. If you're taking a slight sideways shuffle to the RFA then hello there and I know a few guys who've just joined as qualified SE officers who will know all about the courses the RFA require of its lightbulb fixers
      'Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans'

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      • #4
        Thankyou so far for the messages and the welcome. I'm not really thinking of the RFA, although my mate would cut his right arm off to have me serve with him...........I would really like to leave the military/ defence industry and head for new waters! All that new equipment to learn and fix!!!

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        • #5
          I was on a ship as a cadet with an ex RN electronics guy who was working as 2ETO for a well known UK cruise company, has recently moved to tankers. I reckon you could find him on linkedin pretty easily, if not PM me.
          Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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          • #6
            Originally posted by REA SM View Post
            Thankyou so far for the messages and the welcome. I'm not really thinking of the RFA, although my mate would cut his right arm off to have me serve with him...........I would really like to leave the military/ defence industry and head for new waters! All that new equipment to learn and fix!!!
            Bloody hell, I can't seem to go anywhere without running into a bloody Submariner these days!

            Oh, and Hello and Welcome...
            I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

            All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
              Bloody hell, I can't seem to go anywhere without running into a bloody Submariner these days!

              Oh, and Hello and Welcome...
              I was a skimmer for 10 years.............then thrust into the dark side and handed a red light sabre, submarine pay, subbies and a hotel room key!

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              • #8
                Hello and welcome! Best of luck in the move, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
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                • #9
                  Thanks again for the welcomes.....

                  Have you ever heard of a company giving work placements for a few weeks one of their vessels? I do have time I could 'dip my toes' in the water, all insurance, my wages, etc paid for by my current employer. Would this be worth offering the company? I know it would help myself to get a better idea about ETO life.

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                  • #10
                    I think Boston Putford give their cadets a familiarisation trip for a couple of weeks (they certainly used to) but that's only once they've offered you a place.

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                    • #11
                      Sounds a good idea but I dont know who offers it? You could do worse than go on an rfa ship for a few weeks and see what their etos get upto.
                      Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                      • #12
                        To be fair, he's already said he's not interested in the RFA
                        'Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans'

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by REA SM View Post
                          handed a red light sabre
                          Right, you've got me with that one.

                          What the feck is a red light sabre?
                          I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                          All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                          • #14
                            @blondie - I know he said he didng want to work for them, but with his military background I thought they were the most likely to let him on for a few weeks to see what the etos do.
                            Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                              Right, you've got me with that one.

                              What the feck is a red light sabre?
                              The bad jedi's have red light sabres................ ;-)

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