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It’s a big step, and one that requires total commitment, but the returns can be substantial and ROV work can offer an exciting and rewarding career.
ROVs used in a wide range of sectors
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) have been used extensively in the oil and gas industry for many years. In the past decade oil and gas exploration and excavation has expanded into ever deeper waters, resulting in an increased demand for ROVs and the pilot technicians that operate and maintain them. ROVs are also being used increasingly in sectors such as marine science, aquaculture and renewable energy. Tasks carried out include surveys, drill support, diver observation, construction support and inspections.
Skilful piloting of the ROV in a range of subsea conditions is crucial to a successful ROV pilot technician. In addition, an ROV pilot tech must be able to competently and efficiently manage the ROV’s electrical and hydraulic systems, so a strong technical knowledge is paramount.
ROV pilot technician salaries
The majority of ROV graduates enter the industry at ROV pilot technician trainee level, earning a potential salary of approximately $840 per day in the Southern Hemisphere, or approximately £250 per day in areas such as the North Sea. As you build experience and progress through the IMCA competencies* your salary will increase: an ROV pilot tech supervisor could earn up to $1700 per day.
A strong technical aptitude
Due to the importance of keeping the ROV in working order, having a strong technical aptitude is essential. If an ROV encounters operational problems and is out of the water due to technical problems it can hold up an entire job and cost the client hundreds of thousands of dollars, so having the skills and knowledge to keep the ROV operational throughout the job is critical.
Experience to help you succeed as an ROV pilot technician
Our ROV pilot technician instructors have many years of experience in the industry, allowing them to give you the know-how to perform well on the job. This ROV Pilot Technician Course shows you how to apply your technical proficiency to a range of ROV systems, as well as giving you first-hand experience of piloting in an open-water environment. This working familiarity with ROVs, combined with the thorough understanding of ROV systems, will help you to succeed as an ROV pilot technician.
*Download the IMCA guidelines on personnel for ROV employers here.