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Subsea Engineer



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    • 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.

  • Did you know? »
    • 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.

  • Routes »
    • Gain a degree in engineering, usually Mechanical, Aerenotical/Aerospace, Process engineering.
  • Entry Requirements »
    • Subjects suggested at A levels: Physics, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology Human Biology, Statistics,

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Engineering design knowledge
    • Problem solving skills
    • Being able to work well in a team
    • Being able to present your ideas clearly
    • Being open minded
    • Decision making skills
    • Curious about other cultures and different ways of working
    • Time management skills
    • Being innovative
    • Passion for the work you do an being self-motivated

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Contributing to allow countries to have energy for society to progress
    2. Ensure we are collecting energy in a sustainable way with minimum environmental impact
    3. Always be learning new things
    4. Help build engineering structures you are proud of
    5. Be part of a team that can harvest energy from the ground and distributed to people’s houses, hospitals and schools
    6. Ability to use your innovation skills
    7. Travel to very interesting countries
    8. Apply what you have learnt at university to the real world
    9. Have a career that allows you to do almost anything you want
    10. A career that allows you to be economically independent and do the things you like

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • 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.
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This is a very interesting type of job, it allows me to travel and visit a lot of interesting countries where our energy comes from…thousands of metres below the sea.