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Roles in the subsea industry

Below you’ll find information about the job roles that people perform in the subsea sector. This list is designed to give an insight into the broad areas of work available across the whole of the industry, but please note the list is indicative rather than exhaustive. In other words, we have deliberately not taken literal job descriptions from companies; instead, we have described the work activities that make up these jobs in generic terms. Subsea companies use different terminology to describe the same activity.

For example, we have described umbrella areas of work or disciplines such as subsea intervention, which companies may call Field Engineers, or Project Engineers, or Surveyors, and so on.  Read more

Our intention here is to help people from outside the sector to:

  • Navigate the different job roles to learn more about them
  • Consider job opportunities which may be a match for some of their existing skills
  • Help them to identify roles that they may be motivated to apply for
  • Aid the search for relevant vacancies with our member companies

Roles exist within a diverse range of companies. These companies are clustered into the following broad categories:

  • Engineering Design Houses
  • Operators
  • Suppliers/ Manufacturers
  • Major Subsea Contractor
  • Specialist Contractor

Knowing this is helpful in understanding:

  • How work is generated
  • Who the key players are within the subsea marketplace
  • Which companies interface with each other
  • Where different work activities are performed

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Many onshore roles will involve offshore work, and vice versa


Assembly, Fabrication & Testing Specialists

Assembly fabrication and testing personnel ensure fabric ability of equipment. They interface with fabrication yards to ensure a good preparation and execution of the fabrication, testing and load-out activities.  Assembly, fabrication and testing roles typically require travel to the fabrication and manufacturing sites within the UK and personnel need to be fully responsible for all onshore fabrication activities related to the subsea equipment. Work involves supporting manufacturing, procurement of risers, umbilical, valves, flanges and bulkheads.

Key responsibilities involve:

  • Promoting HSSE (Health, Safety, Security & Environment) aspects during the preparation, the execution of the fabrication, the testing, the load-out and sea-fastening activities
  • Participating in Yards/Suppliers fabrication audits
  • Providing Technical assistance to Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Reviewing Company specifications
  • Interfacing with clients

Assembly & test procedures, calculations and analysis, procurement


Asset Appraisal Engineers

Asset appraisal involves determining the value of a piece of equipment, subsea structure of oil and gas fields and deciding broadly what makes sense in terms of investment or further action. The main reasons for doing asset appraisal include:

  • Ability to safely extend the life of subsea assets beyond the original design life
  • Confidence in the safety of subsea assets
  • Documentary trail that demonstrates compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Enhanced return on investment
  • Improved ability to meet business objectives
  • Improved reliability and income
  • Optimised inspection, mitigation and repair costs
  • Reduced system and equipment failures
  • Systematic, managed approach to subsea repairs and replacements

Subsea assets include :

  • Umbilical cables, pipelines or flow lines
  • Subsea BOP
  • Manifold
  • Christmas Tree and Control Systems
  • Jacket structure
  • Riser-caissons
  • Conductors
  • Templates
  • Riser

Business Management & Support Professionals

Business Management & Support includes the full spectrum of disciplines involved in leading and managing a successful company. Qualified staff will support the professionals involved at the technical heart of the business. Specific discipline include:

  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Strategy
  • Business planning
  • Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Governance
  • Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Development

Construction Specialists

Construction Specialists manage offshore operations after contract award. They may also be involved with the tendering and negotiation phases. Additional involvement is required during intervention tooling works with clients, internal support services and third party services suppliers of equipment.  They have a good understanding of ROV construction techniques and operations construction / IRM / remote intervention projects and the interface closely with the Project Managers.

Construction Specialists cover a raft of projects including of pipeline bundle projects . The role involves fabrication/construction methods, and general subsea industry practices, lifting, rigging, isolations and barriers.  They are involved with, delivering and controlling engineering, developing construction procedures and ensuring relevant HSE and Quality processes are followed during the fabrication and launch phases of projects.

The Senior Site/Construction Engineer will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensure good coordination between project sites.
  • Provide feedback to projects on all relevant drawings and documents
  • Interpret design drawings and documents to ensure bundle is fabricated to the client/project requirements
  • Prepare site method statements to enable works to be efficiently and safely completed
  • Ensure all work is carried out in compliance with legal requirements
  • Interface with all departments/disciplines on site
  • Technical approval of construction equipment specification and selection
  • Technical approval of fabrication and construction procedures and documentation
  • Approval of purchase of construction equipment and materials

Contracts Engineers

Contract Engineers assume responsibility for Contract management. They assist Business and Operations Managers with the negotiation of terms and conditions with clients for new contracts. They receive and check final contract documents/amendments from clients, initial paperwork and arrange execution by applicable financial authority, and distribute fully executed copies to relevant departments.

Contracts Engineers identify potential commercial risks and propose means to enable company to mitigate them. They assist in the negotiation of major subcontractors, to ensure the most cost effective agreements.

This includes:

  • Contract administration
  • Tendering
  • Variation management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Risk mitigation
  • Insurance/claim management
  • Client engagement and management
  • Payment
  • Lessons learned

Design Engineers

Design Engineers support Engineers and Project Managers in the efficient development of concepts using design and modelling technologies.

Designers are involved in producing 3D models and drawings to assist in the design, manufacture and assembly of all aspects of subsea production equipment. Design Engineers work in a team on high profile technologically advanced projects globally.

Essential Responsibilities include:

  • Producing technical designs based on Engineer’s/Customer’s specifications
  • Creating accurate, high quality 3D models to be used for Pro/NC manufacturing
  • Creating machine and fabrication drawings to enable manufacture
  • Creating revisions to legacy data
  • Adhering to recognised international and regional drafting standards
  • Creating and maintaining materials database
  • Participating and taking active part in design reviews including materials and environmental reviews
  • Participating in lessons learned meetings to drive improvements in drawing quality
  • Compiling with all department initiatives to meet and improve performance metrics
  • Developing conceptual design requirements for customer
  • Ensuring designs meet specifications ISO API etc.
  • Assisting in identifying and ensuring equipment is designed in accordance with current Environmental, Health & Safety legislation/regulations
  • Liaising with Manufacturing to ensure designs are suitable and allow for efficient manufacture.

Draughtsmen / Woman

Draughtsmen/women ensure that an appropriate level of CAD detail is applied to engineering designs and that the ease of manufacture is considered during IAS engineering design.  They advise the IAS Engineering Manager on appropriate CAD tools for IAS engineering developments and ensure that the IAS CAD tools are used in an appropriate manner to allow efficient transition to drawing office personnel.  They provide support for 3D modelling to ensure efficient transfer between CAD and simulation packages.  They develop 3D models and animations for sales and marketing and project documentation purposes.

Design Drafting teams use the latest 3D design technology to support all projects phases from tender and design through to installation and commissioning. Typical workscopes include:

  • Bundle design and installation
  • Pipe lay
  • Subsea structures/manifolds
  • Field developments and tie-ins
  • Inspection, Repair and Maintenance
  • Installation/ Decommissioning
  • Vessels/Equipment
  • Bids/Studies/Feed

Development and review of 3D modelling technologies for use in animations, visualisations and simulations



Divers carry out offshore diving operations around the world to support offshore oil and gas activities. They are involved in underwater construction, installation and decommissioning operations, plus inspection, survey, repair and maintenance. Their interests span both shallower offshore activities and the deepest saturation diving.

Divers use specialist equipment to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. They may use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. They may also conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life. Qualified Divers work at various depths using oxygen and helium breathing mixtures (mixed gas) and saturation techniques.

Responsibilities / duties:

  • Survey underwater installations, ships’ bottoms, drilling rigs, and platforms to determine necessary repairs
  • Perform underwater work, which requires the skills of a welder, pipefitter, rigger and mechanic
  • Perform underwater surveillance, which requires the ability to operate inspection equipment and instruments, television equipment, underwater cameras, and to make sketches
  • Inspect, maintain and repair diving equipment
  • Ensure a Work Standard is used for the type of job performed and use same to estimate work duration
  • Dive to inspect in-progress and completed work for compliance with Company Engineering Work Scope requirements
  • Supervise compliance of the diving work with company or recognized authorities safety and loss prevention instructions
  • Report daily work progress against the Work Standard and explain exceptions
  • Critique and report job completion defining problem areas with recommendations for improvement
  • Use recognised sources for drawings prior to performance of diving work
  • Conduct vessel inspections and audited drills onboard diving support vessels

Duties may also involve welding and burning, lifting and slinging.


Engineering Technical Authorities

Technical Authorities are the people within an organisation with the responsibility for setting and upholding standards in relation to their speciality. They would have the competence and authority to sign off decisions and deliverables. They make sure that technical decisions are consistent in order to maintain technical integrity.  They ensure that engineering documents and drawings are checked, reviewed and approved.

Technical Authorities will assist the project teams with such matters as riser installation, structures, vessel characteristics analysis in doing so ensure:

  • All engineering is executed safely and efficiently and is of a high quality
  • Customer focus is maintained
  • Engineering discipline is maintained
  • Project engineering adheres to BMS processes and procedures
  • Company Core Values are adhered to
  • Vessel / project interfaces are managed effectively

Health, Safety, Environment, Quality Professionals

Health Safety and Environment professionals prepare and align of Project HSSE Plans, objectives and systems with Company requirements

Their role includes:

  • Support Project Managers in implementing the management system
  • Deliver HSSE induction training to new starts
  • Supervise, co-ordinate, monitor and reporting on HSSE performance on project
  • Incorporate ‘lessons learned’ into project planning
  • Ensure adequate HSSE visibility throughout the life of the project – screening phase through to the completion phase
  • Liaise with Project Management team to ensure HSSE attendance at key project meetings
  • Ensure Project Risk Management process is applied to all project activities, develop and control Project Risk Register
  • Chair and facilitate HAZID / HIRA / TRA meetings
  • Liaise regularly with Safety Engineering Group and Vessel Support Teams
  • Develop / control / implement project documentation – Project Risk Register, HSSE Plan and Delivery Schedule, SMS Interface Document, country HSSE guidance documentation, Emergency Response Plan, HAZID / HIRA documentation
  • Develop and implement a Project HSSE audit schedule and lead internal and external audits
  • Ensure regular attendance at vessel mobilisations and de-mobilisations
  • Observe quayside / deck / subcontractor operations at mobilisations / demobilisations
  • Assist subcontractors and third parties in compliance to the  BMS
  • Undertake worksite inspections at third party worksites and provide feedback on observations
  • Support the Project Management team with appropriate incident investigation and reporting

Inspection, Repair & Maintenance Engineers

IRM typically involves diving based inspection, preventative maintenance and repair of production platforms, loading buoys, risers, flowlines and associated equipment.

Diving activities can be broadly split into three sections; inspection and repair, pipeline survey, and maintenance.

Inspection and repair of sub-sea structures is a multi-disciplined activity. For example, in the case of jacket inspection, prior to commencing the task a model of the jacket is prepared using CAD techniques. From this model each separate structural member is identified with a unique reference. A schedule of these members is drawn up and a diving plan is prepared. This plan has to take into account ‘bottom time’ available at various depths involved. When the inspection has been completed, relevant data is collated and remedial works identified. A new diving plan is then prepared and resources and materials gathered so that the work can be carried out. Where necessary the members are cleaned either by water jet or manually. A visual inspection is done followed by NDT if found necessary.

If damage is severe enough to warrant it then a formal structural analysis, and subsequent engineering of the repair method takes place. In these cases the repairs have been carried out using underwater welding techniques (Wet Welding). Mechanical clamping techniques may also be used.

Pipeline survey is a regular event usually determined by a preventative maintenance plan. The survey will include span identification and measurement, anode condition and weight coat condition. As in the case of jacket inspection, a plan is drawn up for the survey based on a model of the pipeline, which refers to pipeline joint numbers. When the pipeline is ‘swum’ defects are noted using the ‘joint numbers’ to identify locations. If significant spans are found it may prove necessary to ‘sand bag’ them or if large areas of weight coat have been damaged, other pipeline stabilisation techniques may be called for. When all remedial works are complete, the final report forms part of the pipeline certification.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing assistance to operating assets ensuring safe and reliable production from the subsea installations
  • Developing the Subsea Integrity Management Philosophy for the subsea facilities
  • Maintaining the Subsea Integrity Management process
  • Defining the subsea equipment monitoring philosophy and information management strategy
  • Defining the Integrity Management Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Defining the subsea inspection, maintenance & repair (IMR) activities – what, when and how
  • Defining the methods to be employed for subsea inspection, repair and replacement of subsea components
  • Defining method for capturing and distributing lessons learned

Managing subsea integrity management process continuous learning process and feed back to projects.


Integrity Management Specialists

IM refers to the program of surveillance during operation with typical integrity programs revolving around inspection management. Such an inspection management strategy is well suited for:

  • Static equipment/structures
  • CP surveys
  • UT testing
  • Umbilicals

IM programmes should employ simulation, monitoring, mitigation, and testing in addition to regular inspection.  Integrity roles may relate to a specific discipline such as well integrity.

The role is to lead the Integrity Engineers in developing and implementing the Integrity Standards .The term well integrity covers construction, handover, operations, interventions and suspension/abandonment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Integrity Policy/Standard, Management System (WIMS)
  • Handover procedure and Auditing
  • Critical operating procedures
  • Tree & wellhead inspection & maintenance
  • Annulus monitoring
  • Corrosion & erosion monitoring
  • Well integrity tracking system for well inventory and anomaly tracking
  • Risks assessment of well stock to prioritise work plan
  • Ensure application of international standards (API, ISO) and best practice as appropriate
  • Interface with Company, client to apply organisational polices and learnings
  • Interface with all stakeholders (wells, production operations, HSSE, reservoir (PEs)
  • Implement systems, process and contracts to support management of well integrity
  • Develop resource plan to support implementation
  • Performance manage well integrity using KPIs
  • Delivery of annual well integrity statement

Logistics Specialists

Logistics specialists coordinate and organise flights, travel and accommodation for offshore personnel in line with company policies. Their role also involves:

  • Interfacing with Senior Offshore Personnel Logistics, Operations Management & Project Management regarding personnel requirements for projects, training and other company assignments
  • Organising visas for personnel travelling overseas and all associated literature and vaccinations.
  • Liaising with clients/ offshore locations for crew change details
  • Informing personnel of all mobilisation/demobilisation details
  • Verifying all personnel’s medical & survival certification, inoculations plus other client registration requirements for working offshore

Participating in On-call duties on a regular rotated basis


Materials Specialists

A Materials Engineer’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing welding engineering support consistent with project requirements
  • Providing technical support in the form of metallurgy, corrosion and welding engineering expertise consistent with project requirements
  • Assisting  in maintaining the suite of corporate material specifications
  • Undertaking assessments, material selection studies, vendor reviews, failure investigations, etc. to the required level of detail, within budget and on schedule
  • Preparation of welding procedures and development of welding method statements
  • Developing and maintaining a register of weld procedures, procedure qualifications and welder qualifications
  • Presenting results and findings, both written and verbal, in a concise and professional manner
  • Assisting in the preparation of CTR estimates and schedules for metallurgy or welding studies and support
  • Maintaining and developing current awareness of relevant technology, codes and standards.
  • Liaising with other disciplines, departments, project personnel, vendors, clients, etc. to ensure welding engineering support is consistent with project requirements

Operations Support Engineers

Operations Support Engineers provide project and operational support to the Project Manager. They actively assist in the preparation of tenders and proposals, including ITT reviews and working closely with the commercial teams to ensure tenders are submitted on time and to a high quality.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with marketing of area operations and general DTS tooling product lines
  • Liaising with the Client and review Client supplied drawings and documents for related equipment to assess the required tooling and equipment and ensure the Client’s requirements are clearly communicated and acted upon
  • Working closely with design engineers to assist with co-ordination activities, development of manuals and procedures, etc
  • Assisting with the preparation of invoices
  • Attending safety and project start meetings when required
  • Providing the tools for, and actively encourage, the full implementation of the company’s Safety and Operating Standards
  • Ensuring the Safety Policies and procedures are communicated to the staff and are implemented and recorded
  • Undertaking Risk Assessments on all aspects of the operational activities under their control

Procurement Specialists

Responsibilities of the Procurement Specialist include:

  • Ensuring all procurement processes performed in accordance with project requirements and Company policies, ethics and procedures
  • Participating in all stages of the procurement process from enquiry issue to Purchase Order Award
  • Acting as Company focal point for procurement matters
  • Assisting Company procurement personnel
  • Coordinating with relevant Company engineering personnel
  • Working in a safe manner and correct unsafe acts and conditions

Roles and Activities of the Procurement Specialist:

  • Monitoring Company’s Contractors Procurement Team, Expediting Team, Logistics Team and its Engineering Subcontractor to ensure equipment/material deliveries meet fabrication schedule requirements
  • Assisting with transition of procurement activities moving from Company’s FEED Contractor to EPC Contractor
  • Reviewing all Contractors’ RFQs before issue for completeness
  • Reviewing all Contractors’ evaluations and recommendations to award to ensure that project requirements are met and reimbursable conditions are clear.

Procurement personnel typically interface with:

  • FEED Contractors for post FEED activities
  • Expeditors, Fabrication Planning, Company’s Project Controls for cost and planning, Freight Forwarders / Shipping Agents

Project Engineers (PE)

The role of the project engineer can often be described as that of a liaison between the project manager and the technical disciplines involved in a project. The project engineer is also often the primary technical point of contact for the customer.

A project engineer’s responsibilities include schedule preparation, pre-planning and resource forecasting for engineering and other technical activities relating to the project. They may also be in charge of performance management of vendors. They assure the accuracy of financial forecasts, which tie-in to project schedules. They ensure projects are completed according to project plans. Project engineers manage project team resources and training and develop extensive project management experience and expertise. When project teams are structured so that multiple speciality disciplines report to the project engineer, then two important responsibilities of the project engineer are inter-discipline coordination and overall quality control of the work. Specifically a Subsea Project Engineer may get involved in: umbilicals installations, rigid/reeled flowlines fabrication, structures installation, flexible risers installation.

The SURF Installation Project Engineer works in a delivery line of the project, and will supervise contractors’ execution of installation engineering design, equipment and materials procurement, structures fabrication, transportation, testing, and provide technical support onboard installation vessels. The PE will manage design changes, ensure technical and commercial issues are resolved and the deliverable is in compliance with all company and statutory requirements. The position holder will take a leadership role HSSE performance and ensuring highest standards in all behavioural and HSSE compliance matters. The project engineer may be accountable for front end loading (FEL) contracting, procurement, fabrication, and testing, of all flowlines, umbilicals and structures.


Project Managers

Project Managers are accountable for the quality, safety and commercial performance of the projects allocated to them. Typically they have full profit and loss, safety and quality responsibility for the projects and resources as assigned.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure successful execution of the portfolio of projects that delivers strategic objectives and that meets or exceeds client expectations and contractual requirements
  • Liaise with the support functions: selects, organises and encourages the development of the project team, motivating the team to achieve project success by reducing cost and maximising profit without compromise to quality or safety
  • Facilitate the coordination and prioritisation of the vessel, personnel and equipment resources assigned
  • Demonstrate safety leadership and ensure that the team are organised and empowered to resolve all HSE concerns
  • Maintain excellent Client Relationships and understands the values of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship
  • Agree the performance standards required to denote project success
  • Oversee the identification, preparation, pursuit and payment for contract variations within the project

Project Planners

The Planner is responsible for implementing, maintaining and follow-up of all project planning activities within a project including interface with other Project Controls roles

Key Responsibilities & Activities include:

  • Establishing, maintaining and following up plans/networks and resources for new and established projects in accordance with Planning procedures
  • Development and maintenance of the Baseline schedule for Client approval including agreed reporting formats
  • Development of project specific procedures including Work Breakdown Structure and progress measurement methods in accordance with Client’s requirements

Assuring that any changes related to the scope of the contract get implemented into relevant plans


Reliability Specialists

Reliability specialists provide support to the Maintenance Teams, collating, analysing and acting on reliability, availability and corrective maintenance data from Maintenance Management Systems. They conduct Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) for all significant production losses. They develop effective solutions to systematic and single point failures.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the asset technical authorities/team leaders to establish and support work groups as appropriate to improve maintenance performance
  • Ensuring compliance with corporate defect elimination requirements
  • Developing, monitoring and reporting on reliability performance using database, and investigation reports
  • Reporting on findings, specifying bad actors and improvement areas
  • Using predictive and preventive maintenance results to continuously identify opportunities to improve maintenance strategies
  • Conducting analytical studies using RCM methodology to assist in the establishment of value adding maintenance routines
  • Performing Equipment Life Cycle and Life Cycle Cost analysis for Production Critical equipment as requested
  • Performing critical spares analysis and review sparing strategies

Risk Specialists

The Risk Specialist can be responsible for providing the engineering or commercial Risk & Opportunity Management support in order to provide effective and pro-active services to all ongoing Tenders and Projects.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an awareness of Risk Management International Standards and Best Practices
  • Continually reviewing and improving the working practices
  • Actively training and developing the Technical Risk team members
  • Liaising with the Managers to ensure Technical Risk processes are being followed and assistance is provided on a proactive basis as required
  • Providing Technical Risk input and support to projects and operations as required in alignment with
  • Company and Client expectations for tender and project teams
  • Facilitating or contributing to Technical Risk meetings, analysis and reviews as required

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Promote, facilitate and implement Risk and Opportunity Management to Tenders and Projects
  • To implement and ensure consistent application of Risk & Opportunity methods, processes and procedures as defined by the Business Management System

Support the Global Leadership team and assist with the development and implementation of Risk and Opportunity processes


Remotely Operated Vehicle Pilots & Maintenance Personnel

ROV Pilots are marine technicians who apply science, computer, and engineering skills to the design, maintenance and use of waterborne Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in a marine offshore coastal setting.

The ROV Pilot Technician has the primary responsibility for the piloting of the ROV, maintenance and repair of the ROV system, implementation and monitoring of technical procedures and reporting, work management and execution of ROV operational tasks. They have knowledge of ROV control, navigational and propulsion systems.

ROV Pilots:

  • Operate ROV equipment including video and still cameras, acoustic positioning system, SONAR, robotic arms
  • Supervise the launch and recovery of ROVs
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment associated with an ROV as well as the vessel itself
  • Utilize test and calibration equipment
  • Perform basic rigging and operate small boats
  • Perform basic electronic and hydraulic construction
  • Maintain technical documentation on all aspects of an ROV
  • Write post-mission (flight) reports when necessary
  • Evaluate and interpret environmental conditions for safety

Navigate ROV


Software Specialists

Software Specialists research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for business, scientific, and engineering computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyse software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Responsibilities / duties:

  • Effectively understand, capture, interpret and document client’s requirements
  • Design large and/or complex programs and program modifications from supplied requirements specification, using agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well engineered result
  • Effective estimate completion time and ensure delivery to these agreed timescales
  • Proactively contribute to the technical development of other software developers
  • Allocate work to programmers, taking account of individuals abilities and the requirements of the work
  • Prepare project plans and advise system development teams
  • Oversee performance of programming staff, reports on their effectiveness and takes action to remedy deficiencies
  • Provide advice, guidance and assistance to less experienced colleagues as required
  • Put in place mechanisms and procedures for the structured review of work produced and ensure that these are adhered to
  • Establish and maintain agreed standards applicable to the work and ensure they are adhered to.
  • Take responsibility for the requirements specification, design, coding, testing, project management and documentation of  large, complex or business critical programmes
  • Provide expert advice in some or all aspects of the programming methods, tools or standards used in the organisation



Subsea Intervention Specialists

Intervention engineers are required to support project developments in a number of areas including intervention tooling design, development and technical support for the company’s construction and life of field projects and ongoing technical support for intervention tooling, ROV systems and deployment systems. On smaller projects he/she may have sole responsibility for the delivery of the project scope, on larger projects he/she may contribute to a multi-discipline project team.  The focus of role is on robust engineering, comprehensive pre-job planning and development of risk mitigation plans for achieving reliability and integrity excellence in subsea facilities and incident free operations across all work fronts.

Main duties & responsibilities

  • Working closely with subsea execution Contractor in all aspects of intervention preparation, including co-ordination of operation reviews and risk assessments, and delivery of engineering procedures and equipment
  • Engineering supervision of offshore operations
  • Identifying and adopting new technologies to improve business results
  • Mentor and aid in the development of organisational capability in the area of interventions and IRM
  • A strong safety, execution and cost focus as well as contractor management will be expected of this position
  • Achieve minimal production losses and excellent reliability and integrity from all subsea facilities
  • Be involved in all aspects of underwater interventions and marine integrity projects
  • Adhere to company work processes, procedures and reviews, and abide by regulations relevant to diving and intervention operations
  • Technical responsibility for mechanical ROV and intervention content of tenders and projects.
  • Mechanical engineering design and development for remote systems and intervention tooling
  • Preparation of tender specifications and costs
  • Preparation of design specifications
  • Sub Contractor management
  • Preparation and checking of manuals and procedures
  • Preparation and checking of design calculations
  • Manufacture, testing and commissioning support
  • ROV and Intervention project support
  • Technical contact with client
  • Ensure continuity of lessons learned for ongoing and future projects

The inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) of CUE subsea assets using underwater intervention techniques (divers and ROVs)


Survey & Positioning

Hydrographic survey personnel employ a variety of tools and equipment, ranging from sonar systems to computers and peripherals, GPS, sampling equipment, and deck equipment to chart ocean waters, landforms and underwater features.

  • Offshore Survey Party Chiefs support offshore construction related survey services. The party chief will manage and supervise the offshore survey team to ensure the correct operation of online navigation, video and data collection systems in accordance with project procedures and to required specifications. The party chief will be the senior survey person offshore and will liaise with the offshore client personnel, while reporting to the survey project manager onshore.

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and supervising the offshore survey team
  • Liaising with offshore client personnel
  • Preparing and reviewing survey procedures
  • Supervising checking and testing of survey equipment and software prior to project
  • Coordinating and managing the mobilisation of survey equipment and software on vessels
  • Supervising sensor calibrations in accordance with procedures
  • Supervising operation of the online and offline processes
  • Conducting survey team administration offshore
  • Conducting Quality Control of collected positioning, video and data quality
  • Preparing field and final reports
  • Ensuring the highest standards of safety are adhered to by the survey team, and that all appropriate safety documentation and guidelines are followed
  • Providing offshore competence assessment in line with company competence guidelines
  • Participating in onshore project review and feedback/lesson learnt meetings
  • Providing offshore appraisals and feedback to survey team members

Mentoring and training junior and graduate survey team members


Team Leaders

Directly supervise and coordinate activities relating to a number of people. Team leaders will have strong technical experience with the delivery, construction and installation of a broad range of subsea facilities and systems in a projects environment.   They will also have experience in leading a team of discipline engineers, ensuring high standards of quality and compliance to agreed standards.

Key Team Management / Leadership responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a focus on key risks, issues, technical challenges and cost pressures and provide early communication to Line Management
  • Performance Management of Engineering Contractor delivery for subsea scope owned by project
  • Building productive relationships across project team interfaces
  • Creating positive HSE environment / relationship with contractors and vendors, ensuring compliance with project objectives and expectations

Technical Sales Specialists

Technical Sales Specialists are involved in selling specialist subsea goods for manufacturers to businesses . Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Achieving, or exceeding, mutually agreed sales targets
  • Contributing to Sales Strategy, including identifying market size, target customers and market
  • Winning new customers and secure new business
  • Retaining existing customers and secure follow on business – call and meet potential customers, generate sales proposals, negotiate sales
  • Planning and executing routine and specific customer visits
  • Attending relevant and approved Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Workshops Conventions and other
  • Networking opportunities as appropriate
  • Providing detailed feedback on all activities
  • Maintaining customer files and database within established systems
  • Input to compilation and presentation of technical papers as appropriate
  • Input to and compile marketing materials (presentations, cases studies, datasheets, etc.) as
  • Input to product roadmap based on market insight and customer feedback
  • Providing feedback on new areas of IP potentially patentable applications
  • Work with Sales Agents and Representatives as appropriate to promote and assist with winning
  • Supporting implementation of Management Systems and Procedure

Other titles in this work field include:

  • Account executive
  • Account specialist
  • Field marketing representative
  • Field representative
  • Field service representative
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Sales representative engineering supplies

Welding Metallurgists

Welding Metallurgists are responsible for Materials and Corrosion Control for Subsea Controls projects scope of supply. They work within team of Materials Engineers providing support and guidance to project and design engineers in the field of Materials and Process Engineering. They oversee Materials aspects of both ‘in house designed’ and ‘bought out finished’ equipment. They also ensure conformance to industry codes and best practices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Materials Engineering resourcing for assigned subsea projects
  • Consultancy to project teams and engineering in the fields of materials, corrosion, coating and Cathodic Protection
  • Reviewing and approving supplier documentation against industry code and project requirements

Preparation of Procedural Instructions and technical reports


Vessel Crew

The Vessel Crew need to understand Seamanship theory and fundamentals of vessel operations, including vessel handling, piloting, applied engineering technology, operating rigging, and deck machinery, Coast Guard procedures, towing, vessel stability, and meteorology, marine electronics and navigation.

Key responsibilities include

  • Senior Vessel crew perform inspections, audits on vessels prior use on project
  • Give feedback on inspection, capability of junior vessel, crew
  • Follow up inspection, audits with projects and chartering department and ensure the issue of relevant report
  • Liaise with the concerned client for mutual vessel inspection (if required)
  • Update the third party vessels database with all specifications, audits, certificates
  • Participate in pre operations kick-off meeting with owners and project
  • Update and follow up the use of databases to determine precisely future needs
  • Review & comment on third party vessels selection before charter
  • Technical interface between owners and chartering department
  • Technical interface between project and crew