Subsea Engingeering

Subsea Engineer

Subsea Engineers are responsible for the design and installation of equipment and structures below the surface of the sea. They support the completion of the design, procurement, fabrication, shipment and installation of wellhead and subsea equipment on schedule and within the approved budget, while meeting all of the regulatory and company-specific technical and safety-related requirements.


About this role

Typical duties

  • Provides technical and engineering support and guidance to offshore or on-site teams
  • 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 the design, procurement, fabrication, shipment and installation of wellheads, associated subsea infrastructure and equipment on the seabed
  • Manages the installation of the pipelines joining the subsea infrastructure to the production installation
  • Manages all subsea work scopes related to a production installation, including the management of contractors/suppliers for the work scope
  • 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 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
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Minimum HND in science (Physics) / computing / mechanical / 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)