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ROV pilot: profession with great potential in the oil market

Paulo Nogueira
15-06-2017 13:48:58
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ROV pilot profession with great market potential in the pre-salt

Professional on the rise, the ROV Pilot comes with great market promises for those who join now

[supsystic-social-sharing id='1′]O RVO for even fiction stuff, but it is not! Imagine yourself piloting a robot scuba diver in the depths of the oceans, reaching and filming places where man cannot. It may even look like those virtual reality games or some kind of game, but this is very real and it is a very lucrative profession, and the greatest demand of the professional who pilots this robot comes from the oil industry. These ROV's are essential to reach deep and super deep waters to make operational maneuvers in equipment and observe them, which most of the time are at more than 3000m of water depth.

ROV Meaning

ROV comes from the acronym in English that means Remotely Operated Vehicle. These are robots for the purpose of marine observation with several attached cameras, grips and sensors. The pilot operates them via remote control from a control room, located on an oil platform or on vessels, the entire locomotion and path of the vehicle is recorded and shown in real time on monitors. ROVs can search restricted spaces, examine pipes and even help divers( click here to know the profession of UNDERWATER WELDER).

Which markets take ROV's pilots?

As stated in the 1st paragraph, the market that hires the most at the moment is the offshore oil exploration sector. But there is a market for these professionals in the sense of inspecting ships, rescue activities, monitoring of submerged works in addition to scientific ones, which aim to monitor and study marine life.

Is this market promising in Brazil?

As it is a well-established segment nationally in the fossil fuel industry in Brazil, there is still a lot of market for those who want to enter this sector. This is further enhanced with the discoveries of oil deposits in the pre-salt.( click here if you want to know some of these wells)

What qualifications are required to become an ROV pilot?

In our country (Brazil) the oil sector requires the minimum qualification to pilot these robot vehicles, but don't worry because it's nothing so difficult, like having to spend years in a classroom or being some kind of engineer. Technical course is required in the segments of Electrotechnics, Electronics, Mechatronics, Automation, Mechanics and Electromechanics ( Discover some professions here). Registration with the class council (CREA) is also required, but as far as we know, Brazil is the only one that asks for this qualification, in other countries it is enough to certify experience or valid course in the area. Basic knowledge of English is also very important because the mechanisms, readings of the quantities on the monitor and manuals are in the English language.

What is the salary range of an ROV pilot?

As there are few professionals of this type in the industry, consequently he is highly valued. For those who work on a training basis, they receive around R$2,998.00. Now, when the pilot already has a consolidated training and many years of experience, this value goes from 6 thousand and can exceed 10,000 reais per month.

Are there still vacancies for this branch?

The trend is that with each passing year, this market gets bigger and more voluminous over time. But it may be that some candidates who do not master the English language find it more difficult to get vacancies.( Access here and see the article on the importance of English in professional life)

What can we expect from this profession in the coming years?

As in any profession, those who study and improve first in an area that is on the rise, reach the best positions and salaries first. It really is a very curious segment and there is still a lot to be explored.

As some examples of ROV operations, we can mention the exploration of the wrecked ship Titanic, solution of the oil spill problem on the British Petroleum oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, location of the wreckage of the Air Bus plane of Flight 447, and another range of technical applications.

Where to take ROV courses?

In trainee programs provided by large multinational companies, institutions linked to the government such as SENAI or private vocational schools. In the latter, the workload is normally 40 hours.

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Paulo Nogueira
With technical training, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.