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Hi (First Post)

I'm trying to find out which of the following courses is most applicable to your industry.

I know the HNC in Electrical Engineering is a good one but the Uni's & Colleges closeby (Newcastle, UK) offer also HNC Instrumentation & Control Engineering but also Foundation Degree in Subsea Engineering:

Any advice is of course appreciated.


If you want to go offshore as an ROV technician, then I'd suggest that you go for the HNC in electronic engineering; I believe it is still the case that it is the minimum requirement (apart from a tradesman's apprenticeship) for most of the aberdeen and north east england operators. I think it can be done in a year whereas the others take 4?

I'd have a look at CTC Marine Projects, MODUS International or Global Industries web-sites - they are right on your doorstep - not sure if they are recruiting at the moment?

If however you want to go for a more engineering role and get into operations design/managing projects offshore, then I'd aim higher in terms of education level; most of the technip guys I've worked with seem to be chartered engineers. I don't recall any of them having the subsea engineering degree though... I think it's a new degree.

Good luck.
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Ah right that's really helpful thanks. I did not realise there was a divide in that way between Technician and Ops/Management, I assumed it was a natural progression. (I'm currently a technical team leader with Hewlett-Packard and its more like that here, obviously less technical and no engineering as such, hence looking at education side of ROV to go offshore)

Can I just ask, where does ROV Piloting fit in here?



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