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Offshore Installation Manager Job Description And Salary

By Tomiwa Oladipo. Published January 2023

Who Is an Offshore Installation Manager?

The Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) / Rig Superintendent / Master is the most senior official on an offshore platform or vessel responsible for the safe management of the facility and personnel following statutory requirements and the company's safety and performance standards.


Offshore Installation Manager Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of an offshore installation manager may vary depending on the location, company, drilling team size, and vessel type and size. The general ones include the following:

  • Ensuring the safety and security of personnel and equipment on the rig
  • Managing the operation and maintenance of the platform's systems and equipment
  • Coordinating and supervising the work of the rig’s personnel
  • Managing the rig’s budget and ensuring that the platform remains cost-effective and efficient
  • Managing the rig’s environmental impact and complying with all relevant regulations
  • Maintaining and updating the facility’s emergency response plans and procedures
  • Overseeing the loading and unloading of supplies and equipment onto the facility
  • Communicating with stakeholders, such as the company's management, regulatory agencies, and contractors
  • Making decisions related to the operation and maintenance of the rig, such as determining repairs or maintenance schedules.
  • Ensures good housekeeping and hygiene standards at the offshore facility
  • Reviews work/site procedures, planned work activities, and schedules to ensure the safe execution of activities and minimize production interruption
  • Participates in the development of the Platform Operations Procedures Manual
  • Participates in the development of the facility’s ramp-up and startup procedure
  • Manage the platform's day-to-day operations, such as staff scheduling, coordination, and mechanical upkeep

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Other Offshore Installation Manager Job and Skill Requirements

  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Initiative and self-reliance
  • Excellent IT and numerical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and complex problem-solving skills
  • Technical skills
  • Knowledge of safety and environmental regulations
  • Cost benefits analysis skill
  • Systems evaluation and analysis skill
  • Professional judgment and decision-making skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills


Offshore Installation Manager Qualifications

Depending on the location and vessel type, you’ll need the following licenses and certifications to become an offshore installation manager.

  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training Certificate (BOSIET)
  • Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) certificates
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Necessary Medical certificates
  • OIM License as per Flag State
  • Master License
  • Valid Ship Security Officer Certificate
  • All STCW required training for Master / OIM on the class of vessel and Flag requirements.
  • Management of Major Emergencies
  • IWCF Well Control
  • MODU Stability
  • Emergency Management Training
  • Lifeboat Coxswain
  • Banksman/Slinger
  • Manual Handling
  • Health and Safety Supervisor Training
  • Risk Assessment
  • Permit to Work Signatory
  • Accident Investigation
  • Nautical Institute DP Certificate
  • Valid GMDSS License
  • LOLER Awareness
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business administration, or a closely related field 
  • Must have at least 15 years of working experience in the oil & gas industry, 10 of which as a Platform Superintendent or OIM.



How do I become an offshore installation manager?

If you are interested in a career in the oil and gas industry as an offshore installation manager, then you must follow the next steps.

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business administration, or a related field
  • Apply for apprenticeship programs
  • Obtain relevant certifications in offshore survival and first aid through STCW training courses
  • Volunteer in the oil and gas industry to build experience
  • Or start as a Driller or Roustabout and rise through the ranks, gaining valuable experiences


How much does an offshore installation manager make?

The average salary of offshore installation managers in the United States is $141,079 per annum. The salary varies depending on location, education, job level, experience, company, and vessel or platform size.


Offshore Installation Manager Jobs Near Me

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