ROV Pilots and Technicians

Posted: February 02nd, 2018
International Diving Institute,ROV Pilot and Technician

The time to launch your ROV Pilot Career is Now!
There is currently a high demand for Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Pilots and Technicians, and this demand is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.  In fact, a recent report from the International Marine Contractors Association found that currently over 500 ROV Pilot positions are unfilled.  Within the next 3 to 5 years this number is expected to reach 2,000.  With demand rising, individuals with the required training and skills will be in a great position to obtain lucrative employment.  IDI can help you to take your career to the next level by preparing you for success as an ROV Pilot.  Below are some common questions from prospective ROV Pilot and Tech students:

What does an ROV Pilot do?
ROV Pilots operate, maintain, and repair submersible machines.  The submersible machines are used to explore the seabed and to construct, repair, or inspect underwater structures and equipment from the surface.  ROV Pilots can perform a large variety of tasks, including inspecting underwater equipment, digging trenches for pipes and cables, moving valves, and recording information on video.  They may use site scan sonar, operate the robot to work on repairing fiber optics or splice cable.  ROV Pilots need to maintain and repair the ROV equipment.

Who makes a good ROV Pilot?
Individuals with a knack for mechanical tasks, technical comprehension, and an understanding of electrical, electronic, and hydraulic repairs and troubleshooting can find great success as ROV Pilots.  A background in mechanics or electronics can prepare you for success in your ROV Pilot training and career.  If you do not have this background, however, there’s no reason to despair!  Training at IDI will give you all the tools you need to succeed!

What does the training entail?
At IDI you will receive a balanced mix of classroom and hands-on training.  The ROV course was developed to follow and exceed the IMCA ROV training recommendations.  The students are continually assessed through practical demonstrations, weekly exams, a final exam, and a hydraulics exam.  The course takes four weeks – 171 hours, including 47 hours of hydraulics training, to complete.  Upon graduation, the student will receive an International Diving Institute Training Certificate and a Divetech ROV Training Certificate.  Our students enjoy the challenging and interesting nature of the course and usually find employment right away!

If you have any more questions, contact us today.  We will be happy to spend some time with you to help you decide if a career as an ROV Pilot is right for you!