- Oil and Gas Services
- High school diploma
About This Career
You combine your oil and gas expertise with your respect for the ocean. You support safe and efficient operations of oil and gas activities out at sea. If the offshore life is for you, then get on deck!
Offshore Oil and Gas Marine Specialists include a variety of roles. In general, this occupation supports the safe and efficient operation of offshore exploration and production activities. Some of the roles include:
- Ballast Control Operators typically operate semi-submersible vessels (a common offshore drilling structure). They are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the vessel’s stability as it shifts during operations such as when loading cargo.
- Marine Diving Specialists are expert scuba divers. These specialists are flown in for work, such as conducting subsea construction, underwater surveying or searches, and salvaging, recovering and cleaning up operations.
- Dynamic Positioning Operators operate the Dynamic Position (DP) system, which controls the engines and thrusters on a vessel. They monitor various instrumentation and conduct function tests to ensure all equipment is working. These operators also observe weather, wind and sea conditions, as well as loads coming on to the vessel.
- Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operators control an ROV to aid in underwater activities such as construction, inspection, search, salvage, repair and photography. Most work activities conducted underwater will be done with an ROV before a Marine Diving Specialist is called in.
- Marine Seismic Observers conduct seismic testing to determine the best drilling location. They also oversee and direct the work of the seismic crew.
- Radio Communications Specialists monitor and operate marine, aeronautical and ship-to-shore communications. They are responsible for receiving calls through marine radio and satellite phone.
When you start in this occupation activities may include:
- Running instrument tests
- Conducting safety inspections of equipment specific to the area of their discipline
- Repairing and maintaining the subsea elements of drilling rigs and platforms
- Receiving and transmitting messages between the rig and shore bases, supply vessels, helicopters, and other stations by radio-telephone.
As you advance in this occupation you may take on additional tasks including:
- Overseeing the engineering aspects of the marine structure, stability, lifting appliances and gear, variable deck load and storage and use of hazardous substances
- Operating control room mechanisms and instrumentation to ensure proper position, draught and trim of the rig during changes in variable load, routine operations (e.g., drilling, mooring, towing) and during emergency and heavy weather situations
- Ensuring management is informed of the validity of all vessel compliance and certifications required by regulatory authorities, flag states and local governments
Educational requirements for this occupation vary depending on the role.
- Ballast Control Operators typically receive on-the-job training. This is an entry-level position.
- Marine Diving Specialists typically require accreditation from an accredited commercial dive school and certification from the Canadian Diver Certification Board, as well as some relevant commercial diving experience.
- Dynamic Positioning Operators require a Second Mates ticket and three to five years of relevant experience in offshore drilling operations.
- Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operators require one to two years of formal electrical or electronic coursework and relevant marine experience. Four levels of certification for ROV personnel is available through the Canadian Diver Certification Board.
- Marine Seismic Observers typically require some land or offshore seismic crew experience as a Shooter, Blaster or Recorder.
- Radio Communications Specialists require a diploma or certificate in wireless telecommunication technology or emergency service telecommunications.
- Specialized training and certifications through Transport Canada may be required.
- H2S Alive
- Offshore Survival Introduction (OSI)
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Valid passport as offshore work may involve traveling in international waters and to other countries.
Problem solving is an important trait. You’re highly adaptable, physically fit and mechanically inclined.
- Maintaining equipment
- Monitoring operations
- Working with others
- Tolerating stress
- Management of personnel resources
- Building a successful team
- Critical thinking
- Continuous learning
- Each specialist must meet marine offshore fitness standards and require a signed medical from an approved doctor certifying physical fitness.
- Divers require a diving medical from an approved hyperbaric physician.
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
- Transportation and warehousing
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Also known as
- Ballast Control Operator
- Marine Diving Specialist
- Dynamic Positioning Operator
- Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operator
- Marine Seismic Observer
- Radio Communications Specialist
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