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Power Technology Occupational Endorsement
with an emphasis in Marine Engine Room Preparation

Program Brochure

This Occupational Endorsement is for students wanting to begin a career on large vessels working in the engine room as an USCG documented OILER.

With completion of this OE, completion of a 6 month sea time internship, and a written USCG examination, students receive a USCG Merchant Marine Document (MMD Z-card) with an OILER 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.  Program completers may find employment with the state ferry system, private ferries, cruise ships, seafood processors, tug boats, or any other large sea going vessel.  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 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program for OILERS if you are interested in a degree from UAS.

The University has partnered with the Alaska Marine Highway System, Inland Boatman's Union to create this career training opportunity.

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. 

Occupational endorsements are programs of study designed to give students intensive training in a specific occupational field.

Typically an occupational endorsement is less than 30 credits, and is not an eligible program for financial aid.

Marine Engine Room Preparation
Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours28
DESLS110Diesel Engines6
DESLS121Basic Electrical Systems3
DESLS130Refrigeration & Air Conditioning2
DESLS161Applied Marine Hydraulics1
DESLS180AC Power Generation3
DESLS261Marine Auxiliary Systems3
DESLS262Marine Auxiliary Systems Lab2
DESLS263Marine Transmissions3
MTS129Basic Safety Training2
WELDS120Basic Welding I3

Diesel Technology
Technical Education Center 
1415 Harbor Way
Juneau, AK

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