Subsea Engingeering

Subsea Control System Engineer

Subsea Control System Engineers are responsible for the design and installation of operating systems, application software, hardware and system management tools required for the operation of wellhead and subsea equipment.  This includes managing the integrity of controls, maintenance, planning upgrades, and the installation of new controls elements.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Develops and maintains Subsea Control System requirements including policies, procedures, specifications and practices
  • Undertakes responsibility for production of deliverables, which may include engineering support, design calculations, procedures, analyses, progress reports, bid evaluations, study reports and various third party submissions
  • Manages contracts with Subsea Control vendors and specialists
  • Develops and manages inspection, testing and maintenance programmes in order to complete integrity assessments
  • Assesses the effect of any process or equipment changes on system integrity, and makes recommendations to ensure the ongoing integrity of Subsea Control Systems
  • Ensures competency of personnel to perform subsea control system inspection, maintenance and testing activities
  • Reviews and accepts vendor procedures and work packs and final reports
  • Produces budgets and plans for specific studies or modifications and manages the cost control and reporting process
  • Prepares regular progress reports
  • 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

Subsea engineering is used to increase hydrocarbon production in a cost optimized way for new field developments, tie-backs and for existing facilities, and can also enable production in marginal fields. Subsea Control System Engineers 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.


  • 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:

  • Minimum HND in science (Physics) / computing / electrical / electronics with relevant work experience or; Degree in a related engineering discipline or equivalent
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

Willing to become a Chartered Engineer (a professionally recognised qualification)