Marine Oiler

Oil and grease moving parts of engines used to propel maritime vessels.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Marine Oilers do?

Oils and greases moving parts, such as gears, shafts, and bearings, of engines and auxiliary equipment used to propel maritime vessels: Examines machinery for specified pressure and flow of lubricants. Fills oilcups on machinery with grease and lubricating oil, according to machinery lubrication instructions. Reads pressure and temperature gauges and records data in engineering log. Assists ENGINEER in overhauling and adjusting machinery. May lubricate deck machinery when vessel is unloading cargo.


Should I be a Marine Oiler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Deckhand Oiler, Ferry Oiler, Marine Fireman, Mariner, Marine Water Tender, Merchant Marine, Merchant Mariner See More

    How to become a Marine Oiler

    Most Marine Oilers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2831%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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