Overview

Subsea Engineering deals with the design, construction, installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of equipment in the ocean or on the seabed. Subsea engineers are engaged in managing activities throughout the asset lifecycle within various industries such as upstream oil and gas, marine/maritime and renewables. Some of the activities that may be undertaken when practising as a Subsea Engineer include:

  • Design of process, structural, corrosion, mechanical, controls or transmission elements
  • Designing subsea gathering facilities for hydrocarbon recovery or renewables
  • Manufacture and fabrication of subsea equipment and hardware
  • Installation engineering for different types of subsea equipment
  • Management or support of marine operations
  • Intervention and repair operations by ROV or divers
  • Asset integrity management of subsea equipment
  • Support of subsea well intervention operations
  • Decommissioning of facilities

These activities could take place in any of the following subsea engineering domains, subsea engineers will have achieved competency in one or more areas, including:

  • Field Development Planning / Concept Selection
  • Corrosion and Materials Engineering
  • Flexible Flowlines and Risers, Umbilicals and Cables
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Subsea Structural Engineering
  • Subsea Mechanical Engineering
  • Subsea Control Systems
  • Dynamic Systems Design and Analysis
  • Construction Engineering and Construction Spread Management • Pre-Commissioning & Commissioning
  • Subsea Asset Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Engineering
  • New Technology Development and Qualification
  • Safety and Risk Engineering
  • Subsea Well Intervention
  • Project Management
  • Decommissioning

Subsea Engineering is an area of practice available to those wishing to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with Engineers Australia (EA) or registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) as a Subsea Engineer.


The Subsea Engineering Competency Programme

  • Initiative: by SUT (Perth Branch) in conjunction with industry
  • Intent: Subsea Engineering recognised as an Area of Practice by Engineers Australia (EA) and the basis for assessment as a Chartered Professional Subsea Engineer as well as inclusion on the National Engineering Register (NER)
  • Benefits: a career planning tool and personal recognition as a competent subsea engineer


Our objectives:

  • Clearly identify the elements of competence, what they mean in practice and indicators of attainment required to be assessed as competent
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities the subsea engineer will be competent to undertake
  • Provide clear assessment criteria
  • Have a consistent format to the competency profiles
  • Have a consistent approach to describing competencies that reflects best industry practice


Forward plan:

  • Roll-out of Subsea Engineering in the National Engineering Register (NER) will be conducted by Engineers Australia (EA).
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (Subsea Engineering) accreditation will be provided by EA with SUT providing the criteria and supporting the assessment.
  • Accreditation for Chartered Technologist (Subsea Engineering) and Chartered Associate (Subsea Engineering) will be developed.
  • Post implementation the SUT (Perth Branch) will provide ongoing oversight of the Subsea Engineering Competency Framework and update the requirements to reflect changes in practices and any other areas deemed appropriate.