Career outlook for dynamic positioning operator
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use computer systems to control a ship so it can stay in one position and remain stable in the sea.
Your vessel could be a ship or a semi-submersible involved in:
- Supplying offshore oil and gas platforms
- Drilling operations
- Laying pipes on the seabed
- Setting up renewable energy sources like wind or tidal turbines
- Doing oceanographic research
Your work would be important because if the vessel moves too much as these activities are going on it could be very dangerous for the people doing the work.
The computer system takes in information from sensors which measure the strength of the wind, currents and waves. It uses this data, along with information about the weight of the vessel, to calculate how to adjust the propellers, thrusters and rudders to stop the ship from moving too far forward, backwards, sideways or up and down.
- Check the navigation details for the required position
- Monitor the dynamic positioning computer
- Make sure that the floating unit or ship automatically corrects its position
- Check the systems work correctly and test them
- Keep the log book up to date
- Take action in an emergency
You would use specialist techniques and equipment including acoustics and global positioning systems (GPS) to get the right location.
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