Subsea Engineer

Subsea Engineers are responsible for the design and installation of equipment and structures below the surface of the sea.

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  • Provides technical and engineering support and guidance to offshore or on site teams.
  • Manages the installation of wellheads on the seabed and the pipelines joining them to the platform.
  • Management of all subsea workscopes related to an asset, including the management of contractors/suppliers for the workscope.
  • Produces budgets and plans for specific studies or modifications and manage the cost control process.

Subsea Engineers support subsea projects and activities offshore. 

Subsea Engineers can work for a range of companies including companies who own or manage production facilities (known as Operators), Service Companies and Engineering Consultancies.

  • HND in a related engineering subject with relevant work experience or equivalent or;
  • Degree in a related engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Willing to become a Chartered Engineer (a professionally recognised qualification)
  • Willing to and has the ability to gain offshore safety training and Medical Certificate
  • Work experience in a similar role gained during University/study

£27,000 – £40,000

£60,000 upwards

Through your career you might progress to become a Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer or a Consultant.

It may also be possible to become a Team Leader or Manager.