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Occupation: Remotely Operated Vehicle Operator/Technician

A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) is used in offshore oil & gas to perform underwater tasks. An ROV is physically attached to a ship and operated by a crew working from the ship. These vehicles are especially suited for hazardous and difficult underwater operations.  An ROV operator/technician maintains and drives ROVs.

Program: Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operator/Technician

Institution: Marine Institute, St. John’s
Duration: Two years (Four academic terms, two technical sessions, one work term)

Entrance Requirements:

  • High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in:
    • English 3201
    • Mathematics: 3200, 3201, 3204, or 3205
    • Science: Biology 3201, Physics 3204, Chemistry 3202, or Earth Systems 3209
  • A signed medical from an approved doctor certifying physical fitness 

Program Description:

Students in the two-year ROV diploma program learn to become ocean ROV pilots and maintenance technicians. They learn about ROV systems, such as piloting, hydraulics, electrical and underwater navigation.  Students deploy, navigate and safely operate ROVs in unique ocean environments.  There are only a few educational programs in the world that offer ROV training. The Marine Institute’s ROV operator program is the only program of its kind in Canada.


Graduates are recognized by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) and can register with DCBC as an ROV operator.