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ROV Pilot Flying

At the rate of USD4950 (RM17062) and USD25 a night for 3 weeks you too can be a ROV Pilot.

With good salaries up to USD600 (RM2068) for a Pilot Technician to USD800 (RM2757) a day for a ROV Supervisor depending on work location.

Promotional prospects from ROV Trainee Pilot Technician, ROV Pilot Technician 2, ROV Pilot Technician 1 to ROV Supervisor.

Follow IronOre (Offshoreman’s Subsea Thread) flying from LCCT – CLARK – SUBIC BAY and finally arrived at IDESS Maritime Center (Subic) Inc. to fly the ROV for the next three-quarter of the month.

Subnet Services Ltd.: ROV Training Course

Week 1: Theory, practical, maintenance and flying.

Week 2: Introduction to ROV operations. Basic record keeping, logs, reporting procedures and basic video system.

Week 3: Theory, maintenance, flying and practical assessment.

Issue Course Certificates – Practical Assessment:

  • Mobilisation of system to and from work site
  • Pre-Post dive check procedures
  • Open water flying techniques, dive procedures using navigational instruments
  • Subsea video survey techniques, procedures using onboard instruments, cameras
  • Record and dive report keeping
  • Night flying procedures/techniques (Weather and location permissible)
  • Demobilisation of complete system

Summarize Version from the Forum Thread:

ROV Pilot Technician Course IDESS Maritime Centre (Subic) Ltd.

8th April 2007 (Sunday)

LCCT – CLARK – SUBIC BAY. Arrival was greeted by representative from IDESS Maritime Center (Subic) Inc to take us to Subic Bay — 1 1/2 hours drive from the airport.

Arrived in Subic Bay, head straight to IDESS Maritime for orientation and safety briefing. After the 30 minutes briefing we adjourn to our rooms and freshen up. Evening was spent touring the Subic Bay area: bars, pubs, women and beaches. Dinner at IDESS. Course start tomorrow at 0900 am.

1st Day 9th April 2007 (Monday)

At 0830 am meet with our Instructor Miss Melanie Sullivan and another of our course mate by the name of Dave O’Hara an ex-mariner from British Navy.

Our classroom is about 500m from the main building so we had to commute by pick up Jeep. After the introduction of the facilities by Miss Melanie, we went back to class.

She issued the relevant paperwork, manuals and we had some video and DVD session all about ROV history, offshore structures, oil rigs and some task sheets. Lunch break and then continued with the video session and class adjourned at 1700 pm.

We been told by Miss Melanie that our course session will later on focus more on the practical flying aspect and we would be getting at least 50 hours of flying time.

2nd Day 10th April 2007 (Tuesday)

Had First Aid class and we did the CPR and learnt to use the Mobile AED equipment also the degree of burns category. After doing our CPR practical of 30 compression and 2 blow of 5 set, off we went to next classroom session.

Melanie our instructor started the day explaining about the fundamentals of cathode installation and inspections on oil rigs. We had our video sessions as well today because she wanted us to see the overall operations of an ROV before getting our ‘hands on’ flying the real thing tomorrow.

Class adjourned at 1700 pm and we all walked back to the main building. We were all being issued a coverall and safety steel-toe boots for on-site working with the ROVs.

3rd Day 11th April 2007 (Wednesday)

Woke up at 0500 am. Finishing up the task sheet 1, covering the basic aspect of oil rigs structures.

Went to class at 9am. We proceed to the practical site at around 1000 am. Started to put together the ROV System. The are two systems currently used. One is the Navajo System with manipulator and the other is the Seabotix class 1 survey ROV. We started off by doing the pre-dive checks on the Navajo (Specifications: 4 thrusters, two camera (b/w and color) with manipulator).

After lunch and by 1300 pm we’re back with the ROVs and we completed the pre-dive checks for the Surface Control Unit (SCU) and the vehicle itself.

Satisfied that system was good to go, we launched the ROV manually into the water. Submerging 13 meters deep, we started to search for the underwater structure that was placed down there. We simulated the survey and inspection job task.

Will get to fly some more tomorrow.


[More at Offshoreman: Oil and Gas Forum – Subsea Thread – ROV Pilot Tech and Subnet Services Ltd. – ROV Training Course Programme (PDF File)]

SeaDemon is a Malaysian certified PADI Divemaster with 25 years of experience, who by the way had his official 200th PADI logged dives on 17th July 2007. This is his view of the ROV industry from a licensed offshore diver perspective:

Now…ROV is a new thing. There aren’t many ROV operators in this country. And the offshore cake is huge. The good thing about ROV operators is…they are always in demand. So how much do ROV operators earn in this country? If you are doing a one-off job, your starting pay is USD3K per job. If you are being employed by a company, you get USD1.5K per month whether you work or not, plus a starting of USD30 per day offshore allowance.

So if I want to become a ROV operator, I need to spend around RM25K KUL-Subic-KUL…3 weeks at IDESS in Subic, Philippines. If I go, it would have to be during the first week of Ramadhan this year (mid-September 2007).

Do I need the money?

Well, not really. But it’s the experience and the opportunity to venture into new businesses related to ROV that I am interested in. I can still sleep and make money, or I can still do my usual search-and-recovery jobs for USD5K per job (mind you it’s only for half a day). But the oil and gas cake is too huge and everyone’s bite will be a huge chunk.

[Source: SeaDemon’s Lair » Flying Remotely]

So there, and all I need now is a benefactor for the RM25000 course.

Offshore Company Candidates:

Research Institution Candidates:

Challenger TAFE Fremantle Perth WA (Western Australia): ROV Training Course

This course is designed to enable suitably qualified and experienced people to enter the offshore industry to operate remotely operated submersible vehicles as pilot technicians. ROVs are used extensively in the oil and gas sector for observation, installation and intervention/maintenance tasks. The industry is currently experiencing a severe shortage of experienced pilot technicians, making this an ideal time to get started in a rewarding, well paid career.

Course Content:

  • ROV Certificate of Competency Induction Course
  • OPITO Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET)
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • IMCA Pilot Technician Personal Logbook
  • Safety with High Voltage for ROV Personnel
  • ROV Hydraulics Systems
  • ROV Electrical Systems and Fibre Optic terminations
  • Introduction to ROV operations
  • Tuition, teaching materials

This course is a Certificate IV, accredited with the Australian Quality Training Framework, making it a nationally recognised course.

To apply for this course please provide:

  • A letter of introduction stating why you are interested in the course
  • A resume no longer that 2 pages together with support documents (certificates)


A concentrated format over a period of three weeks.


WA Maritime Training Centre – Fremantle, 1 Fleet Street, Fremantle 6160 Australia


AUD7350 (RM22218)


Trade Certificate in one or more of the following areas:

  • Electronics
  • Electrical
  • Hydraulics
  • and three years industry experience in your trade

Course Note:

Entry level requirements fully comply with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA – R002) “Guidance Document & Competence: Remote System & ROV Division” for personnel who wish to find employment in the ROV industry. Should you feel your existing qualifications merit consideration into this programme, please forward them in conjunction with your application for the panel to review.

There are only eight students per course and participants are selected by a competitive- selection process involving screening by a panel of industry representatives.

You will be required to undertake a Medical examination (testing the eyes, ears, balance, respiratory function, back etc) before being allowed to undertake the BOSIET training but we strongly recommend you get a full OPITO or UKOOA medical before committing to the course.

Please contact the course coordinator, Bill Evans, for advice before proceeding at bill.evans@challengertafe.wa.edu.au.

[More at Challenger TAFE Fremantle Perth WA (Western Australia) – ROV Training Course]

The Underwater Centre Fort William: ROV Training Course

ROV Engineering and Pilot Technician

The ROV Pilot course follows on from and builds on the ROV Electronics course. It develops the student’s understanding of electronics and teaches the skills required as a ROV pilot leading to the IMCA Pilot/Technician II competence grade.

Initial lectures will cover the different types and classes of ROV and systems used in a commercial environment. The course then moves on to the practicalities of keeping an ROV flying and flying well.

A good pilot technician is someone who can not only fly an ROV well, but also identify and remedy faults quickly. We aim to give each student at least ten hours flying time with real ‘live’ ROVs (no simulators). Within this time difficulties will occur, (snagging of tethers, failure of systems, entanglement) and a vital part of the learning process will be dealing with these common problems. For this there is no substitute for real life situations.

You will then look at sensors fitted to ROVs, with particular emphasis on acoustic sensors. Flying exercises will include: search and recovery; sonar mapping; site survey and zero visibility flying. All flying exercises are carried out as if for real with students being required to provide a commentary whilst flying and maintaining a complete video and written log. Practical repair exercises will also include a re-termination of a damaged umbilical.

Lectures will also cover three-phase electricity, and students will look at three-phase motors and generators. In the third week the course moves on to hydraulic systems, and why such systems are particularly suited to ROVs. Students will design and interpret hydraulic circuit diagrams, stripping down, inspecting and servicing hydraulic components and considering care and maintenance of these. Students will gain a further two SVQs: Electrical Installation in Adverse/Hazardous Conditions and Engineering Systems (Hydraulics).

With extensive flying time in conditions simulating those experienced in a commercial environment, this course is excellent preparation for working in the ROV industry.

Module 1 – Electronics Understanding and Fault-Finding Skills (OPTIONAL)

This four-week course introduces the basics of electronics, leading students up to fault finding to component level on circuits found in commercially available ROVs.

  • Module 1 (SQA E9RT 04) – Electronic fundamentals
  • Module 2 (SQA E9S9 11) – Introduction to electronic test, equipment and measurements
  • Module 3 (SQA EC2Y 11) – Electrical installation
  • Module 4 (SQA EE9K 12) – Fault diagnostics on basic electronic circuits

Price List:

Ex VAT £4386 (RM30902)
Inc VAT £5150 (RM36284)

Module 2 – ROV Pilot / Maintenance Technician (REQUIRED)

A three-week course which provides an introduction to the offshore industry and health and safety issues for working with high voltage installations. Teaching is classroom based but also includes practical sessions where students will operate, maintain and fly ROVs.

  • Module 1 (SQA ED12) Introduction to ROVs: Electrical installation in adverse/hazardous conditions
  • Module 2 The Underwater Centre’s Certificate for ROV Engineering Skills
  • Module 3 (SQA D991 12) Engineering systems and hydraulics

Price List:

Ex VAT £3314 (RM23348)
Inc VAT £3868 (RM27253)

[More at The Underwater Centre Fort William – ROV Training Course and The Underwater Centre Fort William – ROV Training Course (PDF File)]


Is there a recognised international qualification for ROV pilots?

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has for some years been promoting a system of internationally recognised standards and competencies and many companies are adopting these standards. Our course qualifies students to these recognised standards. Even some experienced ROV technicians attend our courses to gain the IMCA Pilot Technician Grade II competence. Our courses also provide students with Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) recognised across the industry.

How do I find work as an ROV pilot?

The most difficult step in obtaining ROV work is getting your first job. You may find a “catch 22” dilemma where employers want experience – you cannot gain experience unless you have been working with ROVs. The hours of experience you will gain from flying and working on ROVs during our training will help you fast-track this initial period. The ROV industry is relatively small. Many companies rely upon personnel that they know or have had recommended to them by others. For this reason, it is vital that when you do get your first “break”, you are able to prove your worth. ROV supervisors will speak to each other and keep details of people they know they can rely upon. Anyone not meeting the grade will be forgotten. There are a number of employment agencies both in this country and abroad who hold ROV pilot’s CVs and some companies use this as a method of finding and filtering potential ROV personnel. Some of the larger companies have their own recruitment systems.

Will I get help in looking for work?

We provide our students with a detailed directory of the vast majority of ROV and diving companies throughout the world, including employment agencies. Throughout the course, guidance and information, CV writing and support services are provided to ensure all students have up-to-date information upon jobs, company locations and contact details for both prospective employers and employment agencies. We also have free internet access available to all students to assist in your search for work.

Do I need a Pilot/Tech II ticket?

Not everyone working in the ROV industry has this qualification. Many people working in the ROV industry have worked their way up to gain experience in many specialist fields of underwater technology. These people have learnt their skill and trade through years of experience. As these people grow older and leave the industry, their places need to be filled. New personnel cannot be expected to have this vast wealth of experience and knowledge immediately. IMCA therefore developed a series of competencies/levels by which ROV personnel may be accredited with certain knowledge. Our course is designed to give personnel a recognised level of training and knowledge that will assure employers that the person they are employing will have grounding in the various aspects of ROV safety, systems and operation.

Are there other requirements for working offshore?

Yes. For most parts of the world, you will also need a Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) certificate (OPITO approved). This incorporates Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing System training (EBS). Details of various training providers can be supplied on request. An offshore medical certificate is also needed (validity period is age-dependant) and for certain parts of the world, up-to-date inoculations.

I have no knowledge of electronics – does this matter?

When you are looking for work – YES. A small number of ROV companies state that they only consider new recruits if they are graduates of electronics/electronic engineering. This approach is not typical of most ROV companies but this will give you some indication of the importance attached to electronics when dealing with ROVs. However it would be wrong to say that you must have a background in electronics to succeed in ROVs. Our electronics course is designed to give students a good grounding in the basics of electronics and electrical safety, equipping them with the skills employers are looking for. The course itself is designed as a precursor to the ROV course and relates the theory and practice to ROV systems throughout.

[More at The Underwater Centre Fort William – ROV FAQs]

ROV Training Courses Fee Summary:

Subnet Services Ltd.
Subic Bay, Philippines
USD4950 (RM17062)

Challenger TAFE
Fremantle Perth Western Australia
AUD7350 (RM22218)

The Underwater Centre
Fort William, Scotland
£3868 (RM27253)


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July 18, 2007 at 11:31 pm

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