My day to day work includes developing and modelling offshore energy fields, deciding which structures are going to be used and where they are going to be placed on the seabed. I also make sure that the design of the structures is strong enough to stop oil and gas escaping and is safe to use.
Every day I work with a team of engineers trying to overcome problems, we share ideas and come up with solutions for all type of issues.
Some days my job brings me to sites, where the huge structures installed on the seabed are built and I also witness the tests that are done at very high temperatures and pressures to make sure the design is safe.
Subsea engineering allows you to travel to some amazing countries, visiting plants and fabrication yards.
Subsea engineering is still full of challenges that arise by working so far away from human access.
The installation of offshore fields is done by using huge vessels, where the engineers work, sleep and eat for a few weeks at a time. These vessels have the processing and storage facilities for the oil and gas but also game rooms, cinema rooms and gyms to keep the workers entertained after finishing a day’s work.
As subsea engineers we are exploring the ability to have remotely controlled subsea robots to help us optimise the energy production, maintain the field and check everything is working correctly.
With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy.
There are also opportunities for experienced marine engineers to work in shore-based roles with responsibility for vessel refits, legal work in maritime engineering safety and shipping fleet management.