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This program is no longer accepting new applications. For questions about this program, please contact the School of Career Education (phone: 907-796-6120).

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 a USCG Merchant Marine Document (MMD Z-card).  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.  Degree 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.  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. 

This degree includes 16 credits of general education requirements and 44 credits of major requirements.

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).

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Power Technology
  • 907.796.6571  (Fax)
Technical Education Center 
1415 Harbor Way
Juneau, Alaska
Mailstop: TEC1

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