Offshore contractor Subsea 7 isn't limiting its search to the offshore and subsea talent pool as it looks to grow its engineering team. The company said it is offering experienced engineers from all sectors the opportunity to forge a new career in the subsea industry.
Since 2005, the company’s Engineering Conversion Program has enabled more than 70 engineers from aerospace to automotive, and onshore construction to ex-military, to transfer their skills into oil and gas.
The intensive program, 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.
Tom McNamee, Business Unit Engineering Resource & Development Manager with Subsea 7, said the program 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 program 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 program provides, continues throughout their career.”
Qualified engineers are invited to apply for the current intake through the Subsea 7 website by September 20, 2019.
According to Subsea 7, the program has proven to be an effective method of bringing new and diverse engineering expertise to the company, and added it has seen a high retention rate.
Paul Kelly completed the conversion program 11 years ago and is now a Project Engineering Manager. He said, “The best thing about the program 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 program. 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 program, 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.”