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Associate of Applied Science:
Power Technology with USCG Documented Marine Oiler Emphasis

This AAS degree is for students wanting to begin a career in marine transportation working in the engine room as an OILER. 

With successful completion of this degree, completion of a 6 month sea time internship, and a written USCG examination, students receive an endorsement.  This qualifies them for employment in the engine rooms of large U.S. vessels. 

OILER is the "qualified" entry level position in the engine room.  OE completers can expect to find employment with the state ferry system, private ferries, cruise ships, seafood processors, tug boats, or any other large sea going vessels.  This degree incorporates a six month un-paid internship at sea as part of the requirements. 

Incoming students will have to pass a USCG background check, drug screen, and physical agility exam during the first semester.  They will also have to pass a complete physical exam. 

NOTE:  There is also an Occupational Endorsement program for OILERS if you are interested in a shorter educational experience from UAS and still get the OILER document.

Program Information

  • Must be at least 18 years old by the time you do the internship on board the AMHS ferry. 
  • Must pass a physically fit for sea duty test
  • Must pass a federal background security screening
  • Must get at least a C+ in all the required courses
  • There is a required 6 month internship on a state ferry (non-paid)
  • The USCG written Oiler exam has to be passed after the internship
  • This program does NOT award sea time for completing the courses and is not USCG approved. 

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

USCG Marine Oiler Emphasis

This USCG DOCUMENTED MARINE OILER A.A.S. Degree is for both men and women who want to get the training needed to begin a career in marine transportation (engine room). With successful completion of this program and a written USCG examination, students receive a USCG Merchant Marine Document (MMD Z-card) with an OILER endorsement, which qualifies them for employment in the engine rooms of large U.S. tagged vessels anywhere in the world. OILER is the "qualified" entry level position in the engine room which has a career path that culminates in the chief engineer's position. Program graduates can expect to find employment with the state ferry system, private ferries, cruise ships, seafood processors, tug boats, or any other large sea going vessels. This degree incorporates a 120 day (1440 hour) internship at sea as part of the requirements.

Incoming students will have to pass a USCG background check, drug screen, and physical agility exam during the first semester. They will also have to pass a complete physical exam prior to getting the Oiler Z-card. English and mathematics placement exams are also required in the first semester.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours61
Major Requirements45
DESLS105Diesel Fuel Systems3
DESLS110Diesel Engines6
DESLS121Basic Electrical Systems3
DESLS125Basic Hydraulics3
DESLS130Air Conditioning and Refrigeration2
DESLS180AC Power Generation3
DESLS261Marine Auxiliary Systems3
DESLS262Marine Auxiliary Systems Lab2
DESLS263Marine Transmissions3
DESLS291AAlaska Marine Highway Oiler Internship (1440 hrs.)12
MTRS129Basic Safety Training2
WELDS120Basic Welding3

Diesel Technology
Technical Education Center 
1415 Harbor Way
Juneau, AK
99801
 
 

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