Subsea UK’s Online Learning Programme for New Subsea Engineers


Subsea UK has launched its new online learning programme to support the development of new engineers and technicians entering the subsea sector and to develop graduates to become the next generation of engineers to help the UK’s £9 billion subsea sector achieve its global potential.

The Introduction to Subsea Engineering course can be completed in around 60 hours, spread over eight weeks.

Initially rolled out by Subsea UK a few years ago, the online programme of four modules, designed by the Robert Gordon University, has been significantly upgraded and updated to include recent developments and new practices in the fast-growing sector, Subsea UK wrote.

The new, enhanced course has become mandatory training for a number of companies in the industry. Aker Solutions will be putting its graduate engineers through the programme which is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environments, Campus Moodle.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “As our industry continues to evolve to meet the challenges of exploiting valuable reserves in water depths extending to some 3,000 metres in harsh and highly complex environments, so too has the content of this unique online learning programme. With updated course material, the programme now features progression and tracking options for learners, more interactive content and better designs which make it more intuitive and appealing for students.”

Matt Corbin, managing director of Aker Solutions added: “The subsea sector is one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of the global oil and gas industry. By providing a comprehensive overview of how that sector has developed, its specific technologies and how the subsea jigsaw fits together, our new engineers have a much broader understanding of the impact of their role and the opportunities open to them.”

Meanwhile, Subsea UK’s one-day ”Fundamentals of Subsea Systems” training courses have been positively received by the industry with 70 people from over 30 companies taking part, Subsea UK informed.

The course is delivered by Alistair Birnie, himself a former chief executive of industry body, Subsea UK. With 35 years’ experience in subsea engineering, Birnie is a Professor of Subsea Engineering at the National University of Singapore where he specialises in Subsea Systems and Subsea Construction, teaching MSc level graduates and managing research programmes in the field of ultra-deep water operations.

The next “Fundamentals” course take place on 13th July.


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