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ROV Careers

Getting started in the ROV industry can be a big step, and one that requires total commitment; however, the returns can be substantial and subsea work can offer you an exciting and rewarding career.

If you have a technical background you could be the ideal ROV pilot technician

If you’ve got a technical background working in electrical, electronic, hydraulic or mechanical areas, you could be ideally suited to enter the ROV industry. At The Underwater Centre, we know what industry140610 WCROV TXL Simulator 4 needs, and we will advise you on your suitability for ROV training and job prospects based on your CV. But, at the end of the day, you need a good attitude and approach to work as well as technical expertise to be successful. The career of ROV pilot technician is well suited to someone with a technical aptitude.

ROV pilot technicians employed around the world

ROV pilot technicians are employed around the world on a range of different classes of Remotely Operated Vehicles. These vary in size from 140 tonne sea bed ploughs to mine hunting ROVs weighing only 2 or 3 kilograms.

Completing our Premium ROV or ROV Pilot Technician Course will provide a great foundation for employment as an ROV Pilot Technician Trainee with an ROV company, which could be on a short term contract or, for some companies, a longer term or permanent position. While there is no official IMCA ROV certification, IMCA do produce guidelines* on the level of experience you need to progress through the ranks to ROV Supervisor. Roles in the industry vary massively depending where or who you are working for. You could be part of a large team working offshore on a major construction project, or you could be doing inspection work on an inshore project by yourself.

Working as an ROV pilot technician can be a pressured role as the drilling rig or support ship is dependent upon the ROV’s performance.

ROVs are also used in a range of industries, including dam inspection, subsea construction, police work, and archaeological finds, along with the defence industry.

Earning Potential

ROV courses designed to give you skills and experience needed to succeed

Salary and day rates vary and depend on a range of factors; competence, experience, supervisory level, the region you’re working in, level of technical experience and qualifications.  Salaries can range from £35k as a trainee up to six figures as an experienced supervisor.  Some of the larger ROV companies employ personnel on a full-time basis, while others employ on a day rate.

Getting your first job

Getting your first job will be the hardest part, as you will still need to gain work experience, however the more technical aptitude and relevant experience you can demonstrate to potential employers, the easier it is to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder.  Our ROV Pilot Technician courses were developed with this in mind, giving you the necessary skills and hands-on experience to succeed as an ROV Pilot Technician. Over 70% of our graduates are working within 3 months of completing their course. We also offer support and guidance in finding that all-important first job – read more about our Student Support here.

Skills required as an ROV pilot technician

Electronic, electrical, hydraulic or other mechanical engineering experience can lead to improved prospects of employment.  Gaining employment as an ROV pilot technician often relies on more than just your technical expertise; you also need to be able to work well in a team, be a good communicator, be flexible and willing to ‘muck in’ and support your fellow ROV team members.  Often you will be working closely with a small group of people over a long period of time, in what can be quite intensive and pressurised situations, and so you will need to be able to work well with them.

Find out first-hand what it’s like to be an ROV Pilot Technician on one of our Introduction to ROV Careers Days.

Read about our most comprehensive ROV training course, the Premium ROV course here.

*Download the IMCA guidelines on personnel for ROV employers here.

For more information and advice about our training contact one of our Student Advisors; email fortwilliam@theunderwatercentre.com or call +44 1397 703 786.