Sunday, September 15, 2019

Subsea 7 Engineering Conversion Programme on hunt for new subsea specialists

Paul Kelly and Rachel Souter
Paul Kelly and Rachel Souter

Subsea 7, a global supplier of offshore projects and services, is inviting experienced engineers from all sectors the opportunity to forge a new career in the subsea industry.

Since 2005, the company’s Engineering Conversion Programme has enabled experienced engineers from aerospace to automotive, and onshore construction to ex-military, to transfer their skills into oil and gas. 

Qualified engineers are invited to apply for the current intake through the Subsea 7 website by the 20 September 2019. 

The intensive programme, which begins later in 2019, delivers a mix of on the job and classroom based training as well as external activities such as visits to Subsea 7 sites, vessels and subcontractors plus offshore survival training.  

More than 70 engineers have gone through the programme to date and with a high retention rate the programme has proved to be a very effective method of bringing new and diverse engineering expertise to Subsea 7.  

Tom McNamee, Business Unit Engineering Resource & Development Manager with Subsea 7, said the programme fully equips entrants to hit the ground running. 

“We’re looking for candidates who can bring fresh insight, ingenuity and innovation to our operations. What this programme offers is a very supportive, professional and effective way to quickly fill any knowledge gaps, to ensure each candidate’s transition is as straightforward as possible. The support and encouragement the programme provides, continues throughout their career.”

Paul Kelly completed the conversion programme 11 years ago and is now a Project Engineering Manager. He said: “The best thing about the programme is the smooth transition from one engineering discipline to another. You receive a thorough understanding of the technical, commercial and safety aspects of working in the subsea sector, plus form working relationships with colleagues and peers across the business.”

Rachel Souter has recently completed the programme. She previously worked at a paper mill in Aberdeen and was the first and only woman in the company’s 300-year history to work as a machine technician.

“It’s great to see both men and women in engineering play an important role in Subsea 7’s success. I think the most important thing about the conversion programme, is that it widens your industry knowledge in preparation for the job you are about to do. For those looking for a career change, the subsea sector has it all.”

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