Offshore electricians work on oil rigs and in other marine environments and look after high-voltage power-generation systems, motors, controls and equipment specially designed for use in hazardous areas. Specialised training is usually performed before going offshore.
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Rigs and marine environments offer little physical space for people and technical equipment, so offshore companies prefer to hire trained personnel who do not require instructors. Offshore training and employment will mainly be offered to industrial electricians who are used to maintain large high-voltage equipment and systems.
Offshore electrician training includes maintenance of electrical equipment for hazardous areas, high-voltage switching, emergency conditions, use of portable gas-detection equipment and operational procedures on islands. Many course providers include physical fitness training and assessments in their courses to prepare applicants for the hard conditions offshore.
Time Frame and Fees
Providers expect applicants to have had training in high-voltage power transmission before signing up for offshore training. Courses last for five days and cost about £2,600. The fees are usually paid by employers in the gas and oil industry who wish to prepare new employees for offshore work.
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