Decommissioning Engineer

Decommissioning Engineers are usually situated within an engineering or dedicated decommissioning project team, and are  responsible for developing innovative technical strategies and processes for the decommissioning of oil and gas production installations.  The scope of decommissioning projects may include pipeline abandonment, single-well caisson removal, topside production facilities removal, deck removal, and multi-leg structure removal.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Ensures team members have a clear understanding of the overall strategy, business drivers and priorities of the decommissioning project
  • Develops project plans including removal engineering / design / procurement, fabrication, vendor mobilisation, offshore deconstruction and decommissioning
  • Manages the interface and communication processes between parties on all project activities
  • Ensures changes to technical specifications are risk assessed, managed and appropriately captured in engineering and related documentation
  • Manages project budgets/costs and provides regular cost reports
  • Reviews work schedules/plans, identifies opportunities to improve performance, reduce costs, maximise use of resources, etc.
  • Ensures all activities are in line with industry and company engineering standards
  • Makes offshore and onshore site visits to check on progress
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Major large-scale decommissioning projects are still relatively new to the UK oil and gas industry. As a result, the discipline of Decommissioning Engineer is still evolving, however it is very clear that this role will become an increasing specialism within the industry. They will increasingly be found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors, engineering consultancies and specialist service companies.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree/HND or equivalent in an engineering discipline
  • Experience in an engineering/technical role
  • Experience in project planning, cost control, offshore construction, fabrication
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skill

Employers might also look for:

  • Chartered Engineer Project Management qualification
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/regulations