Our tankermen earn on average more than $70,000 a year, and you can too!

Since 2003, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation’s Tankerman Career Academy (TCA) has been training men and women to meet the petrochemical industry’s increasing demand for U.S. Coast Guard-certified tankermen.

Registration is closed.

We have closed enrollment for our August 2015 tankerman training classes. We anticipate offering additional training classes in early 2016. Please use the email list sign-up form below if you would like to be notified when we open enrollment for our 2016 classes.

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About the TCA

The Tankerman Career Academy is an on-the-job training program that is offered 2-3 times a year in the following locations:

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Pasadena/Houston, Texas
  • Port Arthur, Texas

This intensive training program takes ONLY FOUR MONTHS and includes one-on-one field training taught by some of the very best tankermen in the industry.

Get Paid While You Train

While training full-time, Tankerman Career Academy students:

  • Are paid $12 per hour plus mileage reimbursement for travel to and from field training locations.
  • Get paid time-and-a-half for all training/work hours in excess of 40 hours per week.
  • Qualify for many benefits as an employee of SGS Petroleum Service Corporation, including group medical, dental and life insurance; matching 401(k); short- and long-term disability insurance; vacation and holiday pay, and more.
  • Job Opportunities

    Upon successful completion and graduation from the Tankerman Career Academy training program and receipt of the required Merchant Mariner’s Credential, graduates are eligible for continued employment with SGS Petroleum Service Corporation. Eligibility for continued employment depends upon the student’s overall performance during training and their level of competence at graduation.


What is a Tankerman?

The tankerman’s role is critical to our nation’s petroleum and chemical shipping industry. The tankerman serves as the person-in-charge of critical operations, with responsibility for protecting the environment by ensuring the safe transfer of petrochemicals to barges. Tankermen must be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. There are two types of tankermen: boat tankermen and shore tankermen. SGS Petroleum Service Corporation only employs shore tankermen who live at home and travel to various work sites.

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