STW Career Advice – Marine Sciences?
I know the STW net casts wide when it comes to what people do, so are there are Marine Scientists, Engineers, or even Biologists on here?
I’m thinking of a total career change, and i’d love to do a job that involves in some way the sea (and an excuse to move somewhere near to the sea…).
I’m currently an engineer, with both mechanical and electrical/electronics skills, and given that EVERYTHING involves electronics these days, there has got to be some sort of transferable skills right? From Boats, to ROVs, to underwater instrumentation, data aquistion and processing, where would i start to look for opportunities in this (wide) career area?
Idea’s and suggestions gratefully received!Posted 2 months ago
Oceanographer here. Mostly doing sensor development and testing for a UK manufacturer.
aberdeen is a big cluster for oil and gas. Southampton/Portsmouth area has a lot going on. A bit down here in the SW.
autonomy is the big thing right now.Posted 2 months ago
autonaut are recruiting for head of robotics at the moment if you fancy Bognor…
oceanbuzz newsletter has regular job postings.Posted 2 months ago
Take a look at offshore wind. There is a huge amount of work required around survey for offshore wind farm. Lots of projects kicking off.Posted 2 months ago
Start having a look at companies like Gardline and Fugro who do the majority of marine surveying.Posted 2 months ago
NOC at Southampton would be a good shout too:
All good and interesting stuff!
How hard do you think it will be to get in for a typical interview with no previous marine experience?Posted 2 months ago
BAE systems in Barrow constantly have Engineering Vacancies (Submarine design and build)
BAE Systems in Glasgow probably have a few, particularly as the T26 Frigate Design has recently been sold to Canada and Australia – so loads of opportunities on both programmes coming up.Posted 2 months ago
Given your background I’d be tempted to investigate the companies and then try and have a chat with a few of them and ask them directly.
CV/experience probably should see you get a sensible chat.Posted 2 months ago
I’d be looking at Offshore Wind Developers too – the likes of Orsted, RWE, EDF, SSE etc.Posted 2 months ago
Also, for survey works take a look at the likes of X-OCean who use AUV and also Ocean Infinity (who recently bought MMT).
We’ve used X-Ocean quite a lot in offshore wind and I definitely think that unmanned survey is the future of the industry.
I’m currently an engineer, with both mechanical and electrical/electronics skills, and given that EVERYTHING involves electronics these days, there has got to be some sort of transferable skills right?
Many many years ago we were doing some antenna work for the DRA for submarines. So we built some prototypes and they all looked pretty good, so the DRA booked some sea trials. All our prototypes were smashed to bit by waves in no time at all. Turned out our skills weren’t so transferable afterall….Posted 2 months ago
How hard do you think it will be to get in for a typical interview with no previous marine experience?
It’s easier to teach an engineer what they need to know about oceanography than it is to teach an oceanographer engineering.Posted 2 months ago
Xocean were recruiting quite heavily recently. Visited them a while back, nice location.Posted 2 months ago
Would a year out to do MSc in Offshore Renewable Energy be of interest/value?Posted 2 months ago
Where are you looking at working? Onshore or offshore?
My first thought would be a ROV technician. You would need appropriate safety training and medical etc.
Try contacting some companies and see what they say. ROVOP, Modus, Bluestream, Oceaneering.
SMD do some really interesting bits of kit, huge subsea trenchers, mining equipment, etcPosted 2 months ago
I work in offshore wind and we are keeping the survey and installation companies very busy indeed. If you actually want to be at sea or playing with boats that will narrow your options but you just need to look at all the companies involved at every point from survey to installation and o&m and get applying.Posted 2 months ago
I work in Portsmouth for an engineering company that has nothing to do with boats but we exchange a lot of engineers with the local marine firms. There’s tonnes of it here! Friends have come from Ray-marine and rate it as a good employer (one went back). Take a look. I know nothing about boats or the sea.Posted 2 months ago
I also hate Portsmouth which is why I live in Chichester which I love. Good riding. Good town.
Edit: ok sorry Portsmouth I don’t hate you It’s just big cities are not for me any more.
I’m in an academic career related to the sea/ocean but I actually spend all my time in front of a PC, so don’t live anywhere near the sea. Yes there is lots of opportunity in both instrumentation and emerging robotics / automated observation platforms and infrastructure, for science, Earth observation, Government agencies involved in things like fisheries and in the private sector in surveying, oil & gas / resources, renewables, ports operations etc. For the science side, instrumentation, electronics in harsh environments, battery reliability and sat-comms are primary things to know about.
IMarEST is the established institute who can give an idea of the breadth of opportunities and help with what kind of training / qualifications you might need, e.g. CPD.
If you actually want to be at sea or do something adventurous you could look for opportunities to join research vessels or be on engineering teams that deploy (usually short stints at sea, but can be longer cruises). National Oceanography Centre engineering mostly operate out of Southampton but also have a site in Liverpool that does coastal work, Plymouth Marine Lab, Scottish Association for Marine Science (Oban), and British Antarctic Survey have a polar oceans team (they tend to look for 6 month or 18 month seasonal station staff around this time of year to start training in September). Bangor University (N Wales) and Uni of East Anglia (Norwich) also run research vessels / UAV but I suspect being quite small groups they are more likely to want people already trained specifically in oceanic engineering; whereas places like BAS will train people up for what they want, it is more about your personality.Posted 2 months ago
Wait what, i need a Personality?? oh crap, i’m doomed!
Thanks for the advice everyone, it gives me a much better idea of what to google and research 🙂Posted 2 months ago
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