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Location Name: Catlettsburg, KY 
Location Address: 100 12th Street, Catlettsburg, KY, United States (US), 41129
Job/Requisition ID: 60061
Education Level: High School Diploma/ GED Required
Relevant Experience Level: Mid Career (4-10 Years)
Driver's License Required: Yes
Employee Group: Regular - Full Time
Employee Subgroup: Salaried Exempt
Shift: Rotating Shift



Marathon Petroleum Company LP has immediate openings for qualified River Pilots in its Marine Division located in Catlettsburg, Kentucky.  Marathon operates on the Western and Inland Waterways river systems.  Vessel employees are scheduled on a 28 day on/28 day off rotation and work two six hour watches each day with six-hour rest periods in between watches.


Marathon offers a competitive benefits program with comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flex-benefits accounts, LTD, wellness, and other plans offered.  A competitive compensation program which includes an annual bonus program, 401k program, retirement plan, and travel pay for eligible employees make Marathon an employer of choice.



The River Pilot has responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the tow when the Captain is off duty.  This is the entry-level piloting position within the marine group.  The pilot is in charge of the safe, efficient and economical movement of product including but not limited to 10 million gallons housed in town configurations up to 1,200 feet in length while the River Captain is at rest.


  • The River Pilot takes direction from the River Captain concerning tow configurations, drop-offs, pick-ups, and the duties of other crew members (deckhands, engineering deckhands, engineers, mates, cooks) on the River Pilot's watch.
  • The Pilot will periodically assume full responsibility for the Captain's duties, overseeing the work of crew members (deckhands, engineering deckhands, engineers, mates, cooks) concerning tows, tow configurations, maintenance of vessel, and other operational concerns.
  • During duty hours when the Captain is at rest, the pilot has direct control and responsibility of the boat, barges, and crew, and is responsible for safely navigating the tow into river locks.
  • The Pilot uses radar to determine the geographic position of the ship to navigate safely through tight spots, locks and other waterway impediments and adverse conditions (darkness, narrow passage-ways, etc.).
  • When on duty, the Pilot coordinates the activities of crew members responsible for signaling devices, such as ship's whistle, flashing lights, flags and radio to signal ships in vicinity.
  • Uses radar and other navigational aids such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys to avoid bridge abutments, pilings locks, and other hazards to navigate through bridges, bridge piling, and other waterway.
  • Completes all U.S. Coast Guard, DOT and MPC required paperwork as directed by the Captain.



Qualified applicants must be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard for multiple competencies according to waters navigated, waters within the area of responsibility, and ship tonnage.  Posting on the Western Rivers and/or the Inland waterways systems is required.  Marathon requires applicants be completely posted on one or more of these systems:  Ohio, Tennessee/Cumberland, Mississippi, or Intercoastal Waterway.
Qualified applicants must be able to perform these duties in addition to having a high school diploma, possessing a valid driver's license, and successfully completing pre-employment aptitude testing and medical screening.  Successful candidates must also have excellent communication skills, a drive to achieve results, technical and professional knowledge and skills, and a strong commitment to health, environmental, and safety principles.


About Marathon Petroleum Corporation


Marathon Petroleum Corporation is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The company operates the nation’s largest refining system with more than 3 million barrels per day of crude oil capacity across 16 refineries. Marathon Petroleum's marketing system includes branded locations across the United States, including Marathon branded outlets. Speedway LLC, a Marathon Petroleum subsidiary, owns and operates retail convenience stores across the United States. MPC also owns the general partner and majority limited partner interest in MPLX LP, a midstream company which owns and operates gathering, processing, and fractionation assets, as well as crude oil and light product transportation and logistics infrastructure.


Travel Expected: Up to 100%



Marathon Petroleum Company LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition or AIDS/HIV status, ancestry, national origin, genetic information, military, veteran status, marital status, citizenship  or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, click here.

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