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Job Title: Senior Subsea Engineer - More Senior Subsea Engineer Jobs


Location: TX - Houston
Job Description:


The Senior Subsea Engineer is in charge of the Subsea Department on board their 
assigned vessel. He/she is responsible for coordinating the safe and efficient Subsea 
operations of the vessel.
Position Scope (shall include but not limited to)
The Senior Subsea Engineer has responsibility for installing, monitoring, 
troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing well‐control related equipment, 
mechanical and hydraulic as (but not limited to) the BOP stack and controls, choke 
and kill manifold and piping, riser systems, compensating equipment as CMC and 
MRT’s and all related piping, valves and control mechanisms.
He/she communicates regularly with other departments (ET, drilling, marine) as well 
as the OIM/Master, client and onshore field support to ensure maximum efficiency 
and preservation of the subsea related assets onboard.
Reporting Relationships
• Direct Manager/Supervisor ‐ Drilling Superintendent 
Note: As the head of the Subsea Department, the Senior Subsea Engineer has a 
privileged relationship with the client representative onboard regarding related 
subsea issues.
Supervisory Relationships
The Senior Subsea Supervisor has two direct reports:
• Subsea Engineer
• Assistant Subsea Engineer 
Qualifications and Experience
• High school or diploma or equivalent.
• Technical (mechanics / hydraulics) qualification /license (desirable).
• A minimum of 5 years experience in the Subsea Department.
• Fluent English communication skills, both written and oral.
• Compliance with Rowan training matrix for the Senior Subsea Supervisor.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
• Comply with the company's Code of Conduct and supporting policies, standards 
and applicable process documentation.
• Comply with and effectively contribute to the continuous improvement of Rowan’s 
Management System (RMS), Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) related policies 
and procedures, and relevant authority regulatory requirements.
Effectively participate in the Stop Observe Act Report (SOAR) program and 
encourage active participation
• Perform all work according to agreed expectations of both internal and external 
customers, focus on doing things right first time, every time and contribute actively 
to continual improvement activities.
• Act as a safety leader ensuring the ongoing identification of hazards and the 
implementation of controls to manage the associated risks with a special focus on 
Permit to Work and Isolation Procedures.
• Develop, train and mentor subordinates and newly appointed team members.
• Plan and supervise running and pulling the Riser and BOP as operations permit.
• Plan and supervise the maintenance of well control related equipment including the 
BOP, Control System, Marine Riser and Tensioning System, the CMC/ AHC, Choke 
Manifold and the High Pressure Air System onboard. Ensure equipment is maintained 
in a safe and reliable condition and repair if required, while ensuring that only OEM 
tools and parts are used.
• Carry out regular testing of the BOP and Control System including function and 
pressure testing operations. These must comply with company policy and safety 
procedures/ regulations.
• Plan and supervise the operation and maintenance of subsea auxiliary equipment 
onboard (i.e. running tools, BOP Cranes, X‐Mas Tree and BOP Transporters).
• Monitor the inventory of all spares and operating fluids (ensuring the correct 
component/ model and sizing) required for all subsea related equipment onboard.
• Keep replacement parts at an optimum stock level; Spot check inventory levels.
• Coordinate planning and execution of preventative maintenance with a minimum of 
6‐week overview to cover current hitch and half of back‐to-back hitch, keeping an 
updated and accurate historical record of all maintenance done as well as all 
equipment certification documents.

 

 

• Comprehend engineering drawings and hydraulic schematics. If any alterations are 
required, obtain confirmation and coordinate changes through the OIM/Master and 
Chief Engineer.
• Properly investigate equipment failure and propose solutions to prevent recurrence.
• Openly communicate with all departments, client and service partners as required.
• Performs all subsea calculations including Riser Space‐out, MRT Ton Cycles, Riser 
Tension calculations, Subsea Useable Fluid Capacities, etc.
• Develop and implement Work Instructions and conduct Safety Audits as operations 
permits.
• Perform or witness measurements of service partner-provided subsea related 
equipment prior to submersion, and ensure capability with equipment to which it may 
be connected.
• Clearly and accurately communicate work status at end of shift and end of hitch 
handovers.
Key Behavioral Attributes
• Safety and team oriented.
• Enthusiastic, self motivated, dynamic and a proactive attitude.
• Always promotes the company’s interest in a positive manner.
• Commitment, leadership and accountability especially in HSE matters.
• Actively train, coach subordinates to ensure readiness for the next 
promotion/position by monitoring their performance and carrying out efficient 
appraisals as often as required.



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