Offshore inspection – a career for life and a ticket to see the world

TWI has been training personnel for the offshore oil and gas industry for over 50 years in many locations around the world. Training courses include welding inspection, underwater diving inspection and non-destructive testing and these offer clear paths for career progression. We recently interviewed two candidates at TWI’s popular training facility in Thailand to find out more about their careers in the offshore industry.

Offshore inspection – a career for life and a ticket to see the world

Colin Connor has been earning a living as a freelance underwater inspector for five years, working in South East Asia and the Middle East. With a love of travel and scuba diving and some basic welding experience, he found a career that would enable him to pursue his passions and use his existing skills.

The first course Colin took was the internationally recognised CSWIP 3.1U – NDT Inspection Diver, then quickly went on to take the CSWIP 3.2U – NDT Inspection Diver to further improve his career prospects. He has now taken the CSWIP 3.4U – Underwater Inspection Controller qualification, giving him even more opportunities for employment and the option to work topside as well. Coin said "Clients increasingly require personnel with recognised certifications as HSE legislation continues to tighten. The 3.4U gives me the chance to dry off, it opens my options and there are less risks to working topside. TWI’s courses are short enough for us not to miss out too much on work so I’m going to do the ACFM course soon as well. The instructor for the 3.4U is a diver himself so he understands the implications of underwater work and diver requirements which is essential for those without that experience."

Offshore inspection – a career for life and a ticket to see the world

Rahayu works in Indonesia for a leading offshore underwater services provider and has now been an inspector for over three years. In order to meet client requirements on large projects, and for her company to remain competitive, Rahayu has taken the CSWIP 3.4U – Underwater Inspection Controller qualification.

Rahayu said "Holding this certificate will enable my company to be more competitive when tendering for jobs. It also enables me to earn more and increases my employment opportunities. Our company has used TWI many times before and we are always happy with the service. The lecturers are easy to understand which is essential when English isn’t your first language. They use interesting, multi-media materials in the lessons which make learning easier and more enjoyable."

Useful links:

Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) Level 1
Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) Level 2
CSWIP 3.1U – NDT Inspection Diver
CSWIP 3.2U – NDT Inspection Diver
CSWIP 3.3U – ROV Inspector