Free cookie consent management tool by TermsFeed Privacy Suite Generator Blog - Joining the Industry: What do ROV Pilots Do? | Select Offshore

Joining the Industry: What do ROV Pilots Do?

  • Written by Mike Tann
  • 18/07/2023
Back to hub

In the fast-paced world of offshore operations, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) play a crucial role.  If you're considering a career as an ROV pilot, this blog post will provide you with a glimpse into the exciting and dynamic world of these professionals.

This blog post delves into the importance of HSE practices in the offshore industry and highlights their role in safeguarding lives, offshore projects, and the environment.

The Role

ROV pilots are responsible for operating remotely controlled submersible vehicles, commonly known as ROVs. These vehicles are equipped with cameras, sensors, and mechanical arms, enabling them to perform intricate tasks underwater. As an ROV pilot, your primary duty will be to navigate and control the ROV in offshore environments.

As an ROV pilot, you will perform a diverse range of tasks, including:

  • Inspecting underwater structures, pipelines and equipment
  • Conducting detailed surveys of the seabed
  • Carrying out repairs, installations and maintenance work on underwater structures or equipment
  • Capturing and recording essential data during operations

Skills and Qualifications

If a role as an ROV pilot sounds interesting to you, there are certain skills and qualifications you will need:

  • Technically proficient, with a strong understanding of electronics, hydraulics and robotics
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and manual dexterity – you’ll be manoeuvring an ROV in some challenging underwater environments!
  • Specialised training or certifications – the most common route to become an ROV pilot is to study for a degree in mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering
  • You will also need to pass a medical exam and an offshore survival course such as the BOSIET.


Becoming an ROV pilot opens up exciting opportunities in the offshore industry. From exploring the depths of the ocean to conducting vital inspections and operations, ROV pilots contribute significantly to offshore projects.

By acquiring the necessary skills, qualifications, and experience, you can embark on a rewarding career in this dynamic field.

If you are looking to pursue a career as an ROV pilot and have transferable skills, drop your CV to our Subsea Team who would be happy to have a chat with you –

Back to hub

Similar Posts

Candidate news
10 Mar, 2022

How Subsea Technologies Are Driving the Industry’s Growth

One of the earliest plans for a submarine was drafted in 1578, long before cars or trains were invented (Source: History). Although it was another 40 years before a functional prototype was formed, engineers and inventors alike were determined to create the technology that allowed explorers to conquer the ocean.

read more

Let’s Talk!