I have been working as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay since 1999. First I was working on my fathers boat as a deckhand and when he changed professions I worked hard to purchase my own boat and permit at the age of 17. I am now in my sixth season running my own boat with a crew of 2-3 people.
I have always loved being on the water and have taken an interest on the construction and engineering of boats. Three years ago with my fathers help I built my first boat, a 14 foot wooden dory or drift boat that I use often on the Kenai River and have had on many lakes north of Wasilla.
I have had some experience working with aluminum at Reynold's Marine where I was shop helper on the construction of 32 foot Cordova Bowpickers. When I was working there I came to understand what a fast paced work environment was about and understanding what it takes to make a deadline. I also had some experience working out of the shop on projects in Seward.
As of now I'm enrolled at UAA and am taking welding classes. Right now I have only taken classes dealing with SMAW welding and I am in the process of getting certified in 3G and 4G positions. I plan on continuing my education in this field and would like to have a job that is related to my studies.
My pre season responsibilities include making sure my crew members have tickets to travel to Naknek, putting a order of food and supplies together to be shipped. Hanging the nets that we will be using that season, getting the boat in working order for the season to come which includes changing the oil, maintaining the hydraulics, making repairs to the engine if need be, and small fiberglass repairs. During the season I am responsible for my crew's safety while we are fishing and putting fish on the boat. After the season we do annual work on our fishing nets that we used and winterize the boat before it goes into storage.
While working at Reynold's Marine my main responsibilities included lending a hand to any of the welders that needed assistance, wire wheeling/grinding welds, unloading materials, working out in the yard to make space for upcoming projects, breaking down jigs, and part running.
I learned a lot while working here and was very upset that I could not continue my employment. My reason for leaving was to have knee surgery before my upcoming fishing season.
Currently enrolled in and taking classes in welding.
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