- High school diploma
About This Career
For offshore rigs without a physical connection to the mainland, communication is literally a lifeline. As the professionals in charge of that lifeline, Offshore Radio Operators serve as both the ears and the voice of a working community whose survival depends on keeping the lines of communication open. (And only one of them is the radio.)
Offshore drilling platforms can be extremely busy, complex workplaces with significant communications coordination needs. The Offshore Radio Operator typically works in a radio room, recording and sending messages to coordinate everything from incoming helicopter flights to dispatching personnel, from broadcasting weather reports to responding to emergencies.
While the position relied heavily on the radio in the past, communications channels now include phone and computers/internet communications as well.
Radio Operators are responsible for basic maintaining and repairing radio and other communications equipment as necessary.
In this occupation, activities may include:
- Receiving and transmitting radio communications in accordance with applicable international regulations.
- Continually updating lifeboat lists as personnel movements take place on the platform.
- Maintaining computer and manual records of personnel, cargo, vehicle activities etc. and generating reports.
- Inspecting and maintaining radio equipment, associated batteries and antennas.
- Receiving and responding to requests for emergency assistance.
- Minimum secondary school completion is required.
- Offshore safety courses may be required
- Basic Survival Training- BST. Required course for working offshore Newfoundland and Labrador
- HUET- Helicopter Underwater Escape Training
- "General Operator Certificate" Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
- Communications and Media
- Computers and Electronics
- Information and Document Management
- Cyber/Data Security
- Works Safely
- Data Entry
- Public Speaking
- Operation and Control
- Operation Monitoring
- Systems Evaluation and Analysis
- Attention to Detail
- Transportation and warehousing
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