POSITIONS: On-Call Oiler

COMPANY: State of Washington Dept. of Transportation

LOCATION: Washington

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.

WSDOT’s long term plan projects an expansion of this workforce as additional new hybrid electric vessels are commissioned to meet service needs and replace an aging fleet.

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking to fill multiple USCG Documented Marine Unlicensed Engine Room Oilers to join licensed and unlicensed employees operating WSF’s 21-vessel fleet. On-Call Oilers are the entry-level engine-room position at WSF. Promotions to permanent assignments and licensed positions (such as assistant engineer or chief engineer) are based on the mariner’s seniority, appropriate credentials, and position openings.

Oilers ensure vessels operate efficiently and perform maintenance on all engine room machinery. These positions will be responsible for the monitoring, inspecting, maintenance and repair duties on a routine basis. Oilers must have knowledge of various power/hand tools and equipment as well as standard engine room equipment such as motors, pumps, gauges, indicators, compressors, main power plants, steering mechanisms, electrical systems, battery storage systems, fuel systems, sewage systems and emergency equipment operations.

Upon the closing of this posting, applicants will be invited (via email) to a live-online information session to learn more about this opportunity.

What to Expect
These positions are on-call and full-time hours are not guaranteed, however most on-call oilers are assigned full hours each work period. On-call oilers are expected to be available and able to accept work, including short-notice assignments. Responsiveness and reliable transportation are essential for this position. Watch assignments maybe be single day or multiple day assignments, working either day or night shifts. Watches are typically twelve (12) hours long.

On-call oilers are issued permanent work assignments in order of seniority. Once a permanent assignment has been issued, employees may bid on other job assignments in order of seniority. Oilers with an applicable U.S. Merchant Mariner Engineer’s License are placed on a promotion list upon employment.

The base of compensation for Oilers is $28.49/hour. On-call Oilers are eligible for overtime after 12 hours per assignment, or over 80 hours per work period (14 days). Oilers receive additional compensation for certain assignments/tasks in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Oiler will:

  • Check all fuel, lubrication points and water levels, inspect the water pressure and flow to all systems, and determine whether the bilge needs attention.
  • Monitor temperature and pressure readings; and inspect all operating equipment on a regular basis.
  • Repair fixtures and inventory consumables.
  • Maintain proper lighting in all the engineering spaces, shaft alleys, control and steering compartments.
  • Clean and paint machinery spaces as designated.
  • Serve as a mechanical and electrical aide for other repairs and maintenance as requested.
  • Assist licensed engineering officer(s) in emergencies, such as fire or abandon ship.
  • Remain cognizant of security risks and/or mitigating measures identified in Fleet Advisories and Quick Notices; critically observe workplace surroundings; and report anything out of the ordinary, suspicious, or that is an obvious breach of security.
  • Demonstrate effective communication regarding plant status, and any discrepancies with licensed engineer officers

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Speak, read, and write English
  • Knowledge of engines, pumps, compressors, hydraulics and other mechanical and electrical systems commonly found on marine vessels.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills and mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to work independently and as a team to prioritize projects and daily maintenance
  • Fully participate in the firefighting and lifesaving of passengers and crewmembers.
  • Must be physically able to climb steep stairs or vertical ladders; move 60 pounds and crouch or kneel in small spaces.


  • Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) Oiler Endorsement or better license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard*
  • Meet Coast Guard drug testing requirements
  • Coast Guard Medical Certificate without limitations that would prohibit working position
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

*Candidates who have applied and are waiting for the QMED endorsement from the U.S. Coast Guard are welcome to apply. You must attach a copy of your USCG application or provide a copy of your application status ID.

Candidates possessing the following qualifications will be given preference in the screening process:

  • 1 year of experience performing routine maintenance of the propulsion, auxiliary, mechanical systems on a vessel, and watch standing
  • STCW endorsements

Once on board the following requirements need to be fulfilled:

  • Respirator fit testing
  • SCBA medical clearance
  • Firefighting school
  • First aid and CPR
  • Baseline hearing test
  • Acquire knowledge of Safety Management System procedures
  • Be available to work when called by dispatch and accept assignments

Important Notes

  • This recruitment may be used to fill multiple on-call positions.
  • Every effort is made to give notice for assigned shifts, however, on-calls employees are expected to respond to emergency call outs.
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted September 7, 2021. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • Prior to a new hire, all applicants will need to pass an agility and drug test
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than October 18, 2021. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes.


  • Paid Leave – In addition to 13 paid holidays, full-time employees earn 96 vacation hours per year, with an annual increase of 16 (or more) vacation hours at the completion of each year for four years, then 8 (or more) additional vacation hours per two years completed thereafter.
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason at MasonR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-WSF On-Call 21.4 in the subject line.

Posted August 30, 2021

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