Subsea Engingeering

ROV Pilot / Technician

The ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Pilot / Technician maintains, repairs and operates ROV equipment for offshore projects and provides onshore support where appropriate. Specific tasks will vary depending on the technical area of speciality (mechanical, electrical or electronics).

About this role

Typical duties

  • Operates ROV systems as directed by the System Supervisor/ Superintendent
  • Assembles, tests and commissions ROV systems and associated equipment
  • Carries out planned discipline-specific maintenance and repairs on ROV's and associated equipment as required by the company, client or regulatory procedures
  • Ensures post job analysis, fault finding and interfacing of new equipment or sensors
  • Ensures operations and data recording are carried out correctly
  • Liaises with other technical departments on special equipment, research and development and deviations from test specifications
  • Liaises with onshore teams to ensure that spare parts are in stock as required
  • Works within company, client and industry guidelines/ standards, adhering to health and safety requirements at all times
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • 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

Works closely with engineering, operations and drilling and fulfils a vital role in the safe and effective delivery of subsea engineering projects, and in supporting ongoing production operations. Ensures that ROV equipment used offshore is in a safe condition and meets safety and technical standards. ROV Pilots / Technicians support subsea projects and activities offshore, and can work for a range of companies including companies who own or manage production facilities (known as Operators), major Subsea contractors, Service Companies and Engineering Consultancies. They fulfil a key role in enabling oil and gas to be produced and extracted safely from subsea production facilities.


  • 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
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • HND/ BTEC or equivalent in an engineering/ technical discipline
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Good understanding of industry and HSE practices applicable to job role
  • Practical knowledge and experience of maintenance of systems and equipment
  • Good communication skills