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Geoff Wilson, ROV Pilot Tech, October 2015
ROV Pilot Technician
Use your technical expertise to operate ROVs in offshore conditions and save over £1,500 on the cost of our 3 week course
3 week ROV Pilot Technician: £4,702.50 inc VAT – save over £1,500 on the cost of your course*
For a limited time only, the Scottish Government will pay half the cost of several of our training courses, meaning that you can enhance your ROV skills for half price. Please contact us direct for eligibility criteria and more details.
Our ROV Pilot Technician Course provides a foundational introduction to industry for those interested in a career in the field of ROVs and offers the most contextual training environment possible.
Take your technical experience and apply it to a range of ROVs
This is an intensive three week course aimed at students who already have evidence of a good grounding in electronics, engineering or hydraulics. This course takes your technical expertise and shows you how to apply it to a range of ROV systems – such as those you will find once you are working as an ROV pilot technician.
Pilot ROVs in offshore conditions
Throughout this course, you’ll learn to pilot ROVs in offshore conditions. All flying exercises are conducted as if for real, giving you invaluable operational experience. As well as flying using A-Frame Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) and Grove Crane systems and management of tether, flying exercises include search and recovery (using ROV manipulator and other methods), sonar mapping exercises, site survey exercises, zero visibility flying exercises, flying with dive bells, vessels and divers, giving you practical preparation for the role of ROV pilot technician.
Real operational experience in key WROV and OBSROV competencies
You will also gain operational experience on-board our ROV support vessel, Loch Sunart, with our fully mobilised work class ROV (WROV); you’ll gain even more real-world, ROV operations experience which will include the use and operation of twin manipulators (FMC Schilling T4/3 and Rigmaster) and work class ROV tooling requirements (using our new Jupiter 2 Dual tool IVP, torque tools, subsea rigging) and undertake complex real-world exercises to gain familiarity with the requirements and considerations of offshore ROV operations.
This combination of hands-on experience and training, in the key competencies required of ROV personnel entering the industry, will ultimately make you more employable.
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This course is course is eligible for Tier 3 ELCAS* funding.
*For entitled Forces personnel and service leavers. ELCAS registration number 1593.
Price: £4,702.50 inc VAT – special offer*
*Reduced from £6,270 inc VAT for all courses throughout 2017; secure on payment of course deposit. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time so be quick and take advantage of these great savings today!
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Students are expected to engage positively with the course material.
The course is delivered in English and good written and oral communication skills are required.
Students should also be able to handle mathematical calculations to SCQF Level V.
IMCA guidelines for ROV employers recommend that personnel entering the ROV industry should have a nationally-recognised technical or trade qualification completed in electrical, electronic, hydraulics or mechanics and a certain amount of technical experience. You can read the full IMCA guidelines here.
Please note, once you have completed your ROV course, you will also require an Offshore Survival, Offshore Medical and MIST certification to work offshore. Read more about the offshore industry requirements here.
You are required to bring the following with you:
- Plenty of warm clothing
- High visibility foul weather gear (waterproofs)
- Safety footwear (e.g. steel toe caps. Footwear must meet the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, and preferably have a ‘CE’ marking.)
- An up to date copy of your CV
- You will also need to bring some basic stationery – including a Casio FX83ES scientific calculator, notebook, pens/ pencils