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 Established 1883 in San Francisco, California.


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Entry Level Employment


If you are not a member of the Marine Firemen's Union, you may register in person for work as a non-seniority applicant.  The minimum requirements necessary to receive an application are:


          ● Current U.S. Merchant Mariner's Credential (endorsed as Wiper)

          ● Current STCW Basic Training endorsement

          ● Current STCW Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) and Security Awareness (SA)


          ● Current STCW Two-Year Medical Certificate

          ● Current Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

          ● Current Passport

          ● Printout of DOT-approved drug screen (within six months)


You will not be considered for employment if you do not possess all of the above items. 



Electrician/Reefer/Junior Engineer - Combination Rating


We are currently recruiting for the combination rating of Chief Electrician/Reefer Engineer/Junior Engineer.  These are high-paying jobs aboard commercial container vessels with a primary focus on marine electrical work.  You must possess the following to be considered for these billets:

          ● MMC with Electrician, Refrigerating Engineer and Junior Engineer endorsements

          ● STCW Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW) endorsement

          ● STCW Able Seafarer-Engine endorsement 

          ● STCW Basic Training endorsement

          ● STCW Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD ) and Security Awareness (SA)


          ● STCW Two-Year Medical Certificate

          ● TWIC

          ● Passport

          ● Recent Drug Screen

          ● Electrical and electronic troubleshooting skills


Ex-United States Navy and United States Coast Guard Electrician's Mates are highly encouraged to apply.



Other Ratings


We also accept applications in person for the following ratings on a continual basis:

          ● QMED - Electrician with Able Seafarer-Engine

          ● QMED - Unlicensed Junior Engineer with RFPEW and Able Seafarer-Engine

          ● QMED - Oiler with RFPEW

          ● QMED - Refrigerating Engineer/Electrician/Unlicensed Junior Engineer (Must have all three ratings, RFPEW,

Able Seafarer-Engine and Universal EPA Certificate)


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The Marine Firemen's Union does not send or receive applications by mail.


The Marine Firemen's Union dispatches members and non-seniority applicants to billets aboard vessels operated by contracted shipping companies.  The union utilizes a seniority-based rotary dispatch system. 


The selection and eventual membership status of non-seniority applicants is determined by the union on an as needed basis. 


The jobs calls are held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following hiring hall locations:


San Francisco Bay Area Hiring Hall

Marine Firemen's Union

240 Second Street

San Francisco, CA 94105


Los Angeles/Long Beach Hiring Hall

Marine Firemen's Union

533-B North Marine Avenue

Wilmington, CA 90744


Honolulu Hiring Hall

Marine Firemen's Union

707 Alakea Street

Honolulu, HI 96813


Puget Sound Hiring Hall

Sailors' Union of the Pacific

4005 - 20th Avenue West, Suite 115

Seattle, WA 98199


If a sea-going billet becomes available to you, you will be sent to a medical center for a physical examination and given instructions on when and where to report for duty.