Certification and Roles for personnel
This article will help you to understand more about the Job function, roles, requirements and operations for ROV personnel in accordance with IMCA C 005 Guidance, IMCA R 002 Guidance.
Lerus Training launches a new training course “ROV Pilot/Technician Grade II“. We therefore decided to publish a series of articles with basic information about operations, equipment and the capability requirements of personnel for the ROV industry.
Who need this information?All people wishing to pursue a career in ROV operations in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry. If you want to become involved in subsea operations with ROV on-board an offshore vessel, you should be aware of the main prerequisites for new personnel. They are as follows:
Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are regularly used in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry. ROV operations are important for drilling (to monitor the BOP and riser), construction support (surveys, touch-down monitoring, interfacing), IRM (inspection, tooling), etc. Using a ROV is the best way to interact with a deep-water environment and attain high levels of safety and efficiency in a subsea operation.
The career of a ROV Pilot Technician is well suited to someone with a strong technical aptitude. They are employed worldwide for different projects and industries. Salary rates are based on current industry demands and can range from £250 to £650 per day. Experience and supervision qualities also influence the day rate.
We are using the recommendations of the IMCA to indicate the requirements for new employees (IMCA R 002):
There are two categories of job functions for ROV personnel:
ROV Tooling Technician – to operate and maintain the Remote Intervention Tooling (RIT)
ROV Pilot/Technician – to maintain, repair and operate an ROV
All the requirements indicated are in accordance with IMCA C 005 guidelines and may vary from company to company, depending on the internal standards for the competency of ROV personnel. You may need to pass a refresher course at a specialised ROV training centre to change your job function upon request from your employer.
There are several types of training courses for ROV personnel. Your direct supervisor will train you internally or use the training department; alternatively, you have to attend courses at a ROV training centre. It depends on the training policy of your employer. The main training courses that you would find in specialised training centres are:
Lerus Training launches a new training course “ROV Pilot/Technician Grade II“. This course includes theoretical and practical training sessions. The equipment for this course is “Sea eye Falcon” – Inspection Class ROV and its Surface Control unit. All students will have hands on practice with a ROV onboard the vessel during the training course. Please click here for more details
ROV personnel should demonstrate adequate skills, enabling them to maintain, repair and operate a ROV during different operations, emergencies and tasks upon completion of basic training. They should now be able to understand and perform as a ROV Pilot: during different operations, emergency situations and tasks upon completion basic training. You should be able to understand and perform next as ROV Pilot:
(take a look at types and tools of ROV in this article)
It is important that ROV personnel maintain records of their ROV operations. An IMCA logbook has been designed and is recommended for this purpose. You are responsible for all records of your flying hours, competency levels, passed training courses, etcetera.
As a ROV operator, you should respect nature because you will meet many underwater creatures that do not expect to meet your ROV. Please be careful with those creatures. Sometimes you will have to stop your ROV operations due to the influence of these creatures.
We believe that you are able to perform all duties of ROV personnel in a safe manner. From our side we are ready to provide a basic entry-training course to strengthen your CV and increase your employability for the ROV industry. Please click here for more details
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