Decommissioning Planning Engineer

Decommissioning Planning Engineers are usually situated within an engineering or dedicated decommissioning project team, and are responsible for developing activity plans for decommissioning projects and for monitoring progress against plans on an on-going basis to ensure activity schedules/project plans are being adhered to.   

About this role

Typical duties

  • Collects data necessary to compile long and short term decommissioning activity plans
  • Produces decommissioning plans using specialist planning software/systems
  • Identifies/highlights planning clashes or interfaces and works with the team to resolve issues
  • Ensures decommissioning plans are updated/issued on a regular basis
  • Analyses and summarises decommissioning activities and produces reports on progress
  • Attends planning, engineering and operations meetings
  • Reviews outstanding decommissioning jobs/work scopes
  • Liaises with engineering/operations personnel to ensure availability of materials and vendors to meet plan dates
  • May be required to visit offshore / site occasionally to complete planning reviews
  • 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 Planning 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

  • Managing people
  • 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 skills

Employers might also look for:

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