Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-5011 Sailors and Marine Oilers
Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Include able seamen and ordinary seamen.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Tie barges together into tow units for tugboats to handle, inspecting barges periodically during voyages and disconnecting them when destinations are reached. Attach hoses and operate pumps to transfer substances to and from liquid cargo tanks. Handle lines to moor vessels to wharfs, to tie up vessels to other vessels, or to rig towing lines. Read pressure and temperature gauges or displays and record data in engineering logs. Stand watch in ships' bows or bridge wings to look for obstructions in a ship's path or to locate navigational aids, such as buoys or lighthouses. Maintain government-issued certifications, as required. Examine machinery to verify specified pressures or lubricant flows. Maintain a ship's engines under the direction of the ship's engineering officers. Break out, rig, and stow cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, or running gear. Lubricate machinery, equipment, or engine parts such as gears, shafts, or bearings. Lower and man lifeboats when emergencies occur. Sweep, mop, and wash down decks to remove oil, dirt, and debris, using brooms, mops, brushes, and hoses. Splice and repair ropes, wire cables, or cordage, using marlinespikes, wire cutters, twine, and hand tools. Load or unload materials, vehicles, or passengers from vessels.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.19   Entry $29,519.00
Mean $21.19   Mean $44,066.00
Experience $24.68 Experience $51,339.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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53-5011.00 Sailors and Marine Oilers