Maintenance Supervisor

The Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for managing the overall maintenance operations associated with an oil and gas installation, which could be an offshore platform or vessel, or an onshore production terminal. Key operational systems supported will include production, utilities and safety systems.


About this role

Typical duties

  • Manages and controls the daily activities of Maintenance Technicians
  • Ensures all maintenance work is carried out in a safe manner
  • Co-ordinates the planning and implementation of maintenance work ensuring adequate spares are maintained
  • Liaises with onshore maintenance support engineers regarding maintenance issues
  • Ensures the effective working of the Permit to Work system
  • Monitors equipment and systems to ensure that the required performance is maintained
  • Ensures the plant, processes and equipment are functioning efficiently
  • 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 Provides support as part of the installation emergency response team

In the industry

Maintenance Supervisors may work directly for an operator or a major contractor, and normally report to the Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) or Onshore Terminal Manager (OTM) depending on the type of production installation. Or may report to a Production / Operations Superintendent on larger installations. Works closely with other installation supervisors and liaises with onshore operations and maintenance support teams, vendors, contractors and specialist companies. This role can be based at either an onshore or offshore production installation.


  • 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
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Recognised Trade Apprenticeship and/or NVQ/SVQ Level 3 certification or equivalent and/or OPITO / ECITB Technician Training Scheme 
  • Relevant experience as an offshore technician or maintenance engineer
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Experienced in the operation of computerised maintenance management systems

Employers might also look for:

  • HND / BTEC or equivalent in an engineering / technical discipline
  • Supervisory skills