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ROV Pilot Technician

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A remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, is a small submersible craft which performs various underwater tasks in support of a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, scientific exploration, search and salvage, inspection of underwater equipment such as pipelines, surveying and dam inspections.

An ROV pilot technician controls the movement of the vehicle from a ship’s cabin or other indoor location on the surface.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Some large ROV companies employ staff on a full time basis, offering an annual salary. Others contract staff on a 'day-rate' basis, paying separately for each job. The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Typical annual salaries vary depending on experience and contacts. Salaries can range from £35,000 for a trainee up to £100,000 or more for an experienced supervisor. Day rates vary from around £250 to £700 a day.

Some large companies employ full time technicians, but many employ others on a daily rate.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There is no one single route into becoming a ROV pilot technician.

As well as the oil and gas industries, ROV pilot technicians find work in civil engineering, the defence and security industry, environmental sciences and marine archaeology.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
9231
1.9 %
RISE
2023
9408
  United Kingdom
2018
103819
1.9 %
RISE
2023
105761

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should also:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentStudents

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the chemical, nuclear, oil and gas extraction, petroleum and polymer industries.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Oil & Gas UK
Tel: 01224 577250
E-mail: info@oilandgasuk.co.uk
Website: http://oilandgasuk.co.uk
Twitter: @oilandgasuk

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