Underwater Centre launches work-class ROV training
The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, has launched the world’s first training course in work-class ROV operations.
The first intake of students has started on the new five-week course - An Introduction to Work Class ROV. The residential course is at the center on the shores of Loch Linnhe, a tidal sea lake, on Scotland’s west coast.
The training will come under the umbrella of the new ROV Industry Training Academy, which is being established and will be led by a steering group of industry personnel who will ensure that the training reflects industry needs. This courses include basic training introducing technical personnel to the industry and, in due course, more advanced training to accelerate ROV personnel through their careers. It will be delivered in a contextual training environment, ensuring that it is as realistic as possible to conditions found offshore.
The Centre has also created two workshops – a Mechanical Workshop, which houses two work-class ROVs, the TXL27 and 32 – and an Electrical Workshop, where other parts of the practical training take place, including fiber optics, and electrical and electronic systems.
“The course is aimed at making new entrants to the ROV industry more effective members of the ROV team much faster,” says Steve Ham, general manager of The Underwater Centre. “Thanks to the unique location and facilities that the Centre has to offer, we are able to provide training in a contextual environment, bringing the offshore experience into an onshore environment.”