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Work Class ROV Operations

Shamsul Bin Haron

The Underwater Centre Work Class ROV Training Cable Splicing StudentShamsul Bin Haron, a 26-year-old graduate in aerospace electronics from Singapore Polytechnic, decided to make the change from aerospace to subsea because he wanted to diversify his skills and knowledge, and challenge himself to a whole new experience.  Shamsul travelled to The Underwater Centre, Fort William, to complete the Work Class ROV Operations course.

“After working in the aviation industry for a couple of years, I decided that it made more sense to change my career path and started researching ROV training after seeing some very interesting documentaries. ”

“The subsea sector appealed to me because of the bountiful opportunities it holds for those who dare to take the path many wouldn’t even think of.  I was also curious about what lies in deep water.  My trade is electrical and electronics and one of the main reasons I decided on a career as an ROV pilot technician is that I get to learn more about hydraulics, mechanical and even metrology! Of course there is so much more to learn.”

He is currently working as an ROV Pilot Technician Trainee for ASROV Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Alliance Seaworks Sdn Bhd, based in Singapore.

Life as an ROV Pilot Technician

Mechanical and electrical retermination during work class ROV training“For my first job on leaving The Underwater Centre, I was tasked to do maintenance on a Seaeye Panther XT Plus system and mobilise it.  Maintenance is the best way to start as that is when you get to familiarise yourself with the equipment and really have the time to study the system without having to worry about downtime!”

“There’s always this uncertainty of what might happen.  No matter how best you prepare your system for the dive, you never know what will happen when the sub enters water, or when it reaches a certain depth. It keeps you on your toes!  You get a great sense of accomplishment when you complete a job, even when there are some hiccups to overcome.  Probably the only thing I don’t like about the work is the grease!”

Working Offshore

“Another thing I was looking forward to in my new career was the challenge of living offshore.  People used to dread living away from the comfort of their homes for long periods of time, but with technology nowadays it’s just a matter of how you find time for yourself and have some fun (after shift of course) on the installation or vessel.”

“A typical day includes a 12 hour shift.  You get up to have breakfast and prepare yourself for your shift. First thing is attending the toolbox meeting before starting on your tasks. At the end of the shift we have a debrief before proceeding to wash up and have dinner. Depending on your team’s hunger level, you might want to go for dinner first before washing up!”

“In my current offshore work rotation I tend to have more energy and more activities lined up during my time onshore, compared to the shift work I did previously.  Plus there’s always something interesting and new to talk about and share with family and friends when I’m back home.”

Work Class ROV Training

Splitting the TMS from Work Class ROV on The Underwater Centre's vessel“The training I completed gave me more confidence and a deeper understanding and knowledge of ROVs. Of course there is a lot more to learn on the job itself, but the experience gained on the course makes the learning much easier.”

“Looking to the future I want to gain as much experience from different types of subsea operations and move up the ladder to challenge myself in a different role with the knowledge and experience gained.  I will definitely be going back to the Centre for any future training; it’s only a matter of time. Great training centre, amazing hospitality, and awesome staff (not to forget the super duper food).”

Would you recommend training as an ROV Pilot Tech?

“For those who welcome challenges, are ready to work hard and willing to be away from your loved ones for some period of time, why not? You’ll be spending more and better quality time with your loved ones when you’re back home.  If you believe in your ability, and have a good attitude, you can do it.

“How much you can earn depends on how much you make yourself worth. Work hard and have patience, and you’ll earn your worth.  How easy it is to get a job depends on how people value you. If you are willing to work hard and prove your worth, jobs will be looking for you.”

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