Career Path

Below is the career path that I have noticed in the company’s that I have work so far:

Career Path 3





 The Operations Engineer reports to the Project Manager/Operation Manager on the planning, execution and tackling of Offshore Operation assigned to him. He reports to the Project Manager for coordination and administration of his assigned offshore project operations and interfacing with the customer.

Field Engineers report to the Operations engineer with respect to planning and execution of a specific project or operation assigned to them.

The Operations Engineer liaises with the following personnel:

– QAQC Department

– Proposal Department

– Project Managers

– Procurement Department

– Offshore Construction Superintendents

– Engineering Department

– Safety Manager

– Subcontractors


Specific responsibilities of the Operations Engineer include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Actively promote and ensure all procedures, subordinates and subcontractors comply with HS&E policies and procedures.
  • Preparation of project specific Hazard Identification Studies and Job Safety Analysis as required for operations under his control.
  • Reviewing project safety plan and ensuring the contents are communicated and implemented.
  • Reviewing and becoming familiar with the contract documents, specifications and drawings of operation under his supervision.
  • Maintaining document files pertaining to operations under his supervision.
  • Ensuring that adequate engineering personnel and equipment resources are assigned to operations under his supervision.
  • Direct the work sequence of equipment in the field and coordinate the Offshore Operations, vessel movements, etc., on a daily basis.
  • Coordinate all project vessel requirements and movements.
  • Coordinate all cargo vessels and personnel clearances.
  • Monitoring the progress of the work and site conditions and advising the Project Management Team and all departments of any developments that may result in changes to the work schedule and / or execution sequence.
  • Issuing and maintaining the offshore schedule for operations under his supervision, and advise concerned department.
  • Coordinating the mobilization and demobilization of marine spreads and Subcontractors assigned to operations under his supervision.
  • Liaise with Project Managers during project execution to ensure that Client and Project Management requirements are satisfied.
  • Ensuring that documentation is issued on schedule and in accordance with Project requirements. Documents include, but are not limited to, the following:
    – Material and Equipment Loadout List

    – Offshore Installation and Operations
    – As-Built / Post Job Records and Reports
  • Attend Project Meetings as required.
  • Reviewing and approving installation procedures and engineering to ensure they meet project minimum requirements and follow good engineering practice and enabling work to be performed safely.
  • Supervising Field Engineers in their planning and execution of offshore project.
  • Supervise the Field Engineer during the preparation of material lists for construction materials and liaise with the procurement department for procurement of requirements in a timely manner.
  • Resolve any technical problems that arise during offshore installation and assist in any corrective action that is required.
  • Advise engineering department of offshore operations requirements with regard to installation aids, installation methods and installation criteria during the design phase of a project, and also coordinate other engineering matters with respect to division requirements.
  • Ensuring there is coordination with the Fabrication / Loadout Contractor affecting operations under his supervision.
  • Develop the scope of work, assist in the award of subcontracts and then coordinate same. In particular but not limited to:
    – Loadout & Transportation

    – Diving
    – ROV
    – AWS
    – NDT
    – Survey
    – Pile monitoring
    – Marine warranty survey
    – Pipeline field joint coating
    – Pipeline pigging, testing and commissioning operations
    – Engineering studies
  • Review invoice received from vendors and subcontractors for errors or omissions for work performed or materials supplied.
  • Provide or coordinate input to the tender process as required.

Other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Project Manager.


 In some companies, Operation Manager role could also have the same roles and responsibility as a Project Manager depending on the company’s organization structure.


The Project Manager has overall responsibility for coordinating and supervising the performance of engineering studies, the preparation of installation procedures, and the directing the contract related scope of work scheduled in the field.

The key personnel reporting to the Project Manager are the following:

– Offshore Construction Superintendent

– Operations Engineers

– Senior Offshore Installation Engineer

– Offshore Installation Engineer

The Project Manager liaises with the following personnel:

– Procurement Manager

– Quality Manager Supervisors

– Safety Manager

– Engineering Manager

– Subcontractors


Specific responsibilities of the Project Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Allocating adequate resources to project management teams to ensure timely, effective and safe management of contractual requirement
  • Review and approve the procedures prepared by the Operations/ Field Engineers for all offshore construction work.
  • Supervise sourcing, provision and select the major work barges and vessels that are to be used for offshore construction project.
  • Supervise the sourcing and provision of support vessels and tugs required for the movement and operation of major work barges, and other project aspects.
  • Actively promote and ensure all subordinates and subcontractors comply with all HS&E policies and procedures.
  • Assist in communicating company policy and project safety goals to subordinates.
  • Review, evaluate and approved subcontractor to perform scope of work.
  • Development of offshore program schedules and coordinate with the Project Planning and Scheduling department during development of a correct work program, and corrective action should there become required.
  • Approve and ensure project procedures comply with project requirements and scope of work.
  • Chair weekly Project Meetings.
  • Review and approve project safety plans and project specific JSA’s and ensure the contents are communicated and implemented.
  • Plan project hazard identification evaluations and communicating and enforcing hazard control requirements.
  • Coordinate meetings with other internal disciplines and outside bodies ensuring that these meetings are minuted, action specified and follow-up action taken as required.
  • Participate in the resolution of any technical problem arising during offshore installation and assist in any corrective action that is required. Make recommendations necessary when it is apparent that external specialist assistance is required.
  • Review and coordination of resource information utilized for financial forecast.
  • Ensuring project related vessel, equipment, safety and quality requirements are made known to responsible departments in a timely manner.
  • Ensure performance on current projects is measured against the bid and is considered in future estimates.
  • Prepare of scope of work, specifications and other engineering requirements for subcontracts for NDT, Survey, Diving support and miscellaneous Engineering studies, and coordinate with these sub-contractors during the execution of the work.


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