Boiler Technician/Maine State Certifications

Hello Fellow Holesnipes,I would like to know if any other fellow veterans have had the same problem as myself when it comes to military experience being considered for state certifications. I was a Boiler Tech. 2nd class, served on USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)1987-1990/USS Sierra (AD-18) 1990-1993. I was honorably discharged in 1996 and tried to get my Stationary Steam Engineers license through the state of Maine and was denied. I appealed through the Maine State Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The states responce was that military experience did not count. With six years of on the job training, passing my BT2 exam with second increment results with less than four years in. The state of Maine allows Maine Maritime graduates with less than seven months experience in the field to take their third class tsationary steam engineers license. As a fellow BT you know as well as I what we did is not allowed in the civilian sector by Federal law. Such as, setting boiler safty valves plugging boiler tubes, and everything else in between. I feel the state of Maine discriminates against veterans when it comes to such certifications. I have worked many Maine Maritime and can tell you by my experience that their experience and knowledge in regard to the Boiler Code and Rules is way over rated. If anyone out their can help myslef and other veterans in regards to veterans experience for state certifications would be very much appreciated. Best of luck to all my fellow veterans.Roland J. GirardLicensed 3rd Class Stationary Steam EngineerUS Navy Boiler Technician Second ClassOnce a Holesnipe, always a Holesnipe

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