The Main Contents of the ROV Course

Endurance: 5 weeks.
The course introduces the students to the main subjects that a future ROV-pilot will  have to handle in practical work. The course is introductory and provides teaching in the main subjects/tasks that ROV pilots must handle in practical work. 
The students will be qualified as  assistent  pilots on ROV teams (of course this depends on former education and practice. Note that a basic safety course is necessary to work offshore.
A successfully completed ROV course provides sufficient knowledge for a student to function on a shift. He/she will also be qualified to ask the correct questions to acquire the competence needed for further advancement. Even experienced ROV operators need time to learn how a new ROV-system works.
 
1.1 Module based education
The course is based on modules. Each subject constitutes one module;
 
-          Specialised first aid
-          Electro, high voltage
            Electronics
 -          Hydraulics
-          Fibreoptics
-          Umbilical, tether
-          Sonar, Hydroacustic, Subsea navigation
-          Seamanship
-          ROV systems
-          ROV operation
-          Offshore systems, HSE, Procedures
-          Inspections knowledge (extracts from CSWIP 3.3.U)
-          ROV manipulator
-          ROV practice
 
There is a main exam for each module as well as regular tests. These tests are arranged to make sure that students have obtained the expected level of knowledge.
During periods of theoretical learning brief tests are arranged every morning to make sure that everyone has fulfilled the requirements of the schedule. This makes the students used to tests, and Abyss, as a course centre, marks the level of knowledge which is expected.
 
1.Main parts of the course:
 
  
1.2.1 part 1. Lasting one week
The introduction part is theory. The object is to raise the student to a level where he/she will be able to act safely during the course activities. Safe conduct is vital during practical ROV operations, practical electro, handling of hazardous tools and motorboats. During part one the student is expected to have acquired sufficient subject knowledge  and subject terminology to enable instructors and students to communicate properly before entering part 2. 
1.2.2 Part 2, lasting one week
Consists of both a practical and theoretical part. The student is introduced to practical use and practical work with ROVs. Theory during this part is closely related to practical ROV work. The student will have his first "flights" with ROV, experiencing the tasks of pilot, co-pilot and logger. The different tasks during launching and recovery will also be carried out. Routines and procedures related to ROV operations are also taught and practiced. All parts of the administrative system as divelogs, daily reports, toolbox meetings,safety meetings, SJA, scope of work, operation timesheets, videolog, surveylog , spareslist, orderinglist, inventorylist etc. are presented to students. Different kinds of ROV-operations like survey/inspection by means of CVI og GVI, construction and divesupport are included.
During this period the students are organised in teams and shifts to get access to the ROV as often as possible. While one team operates the ROV in the pool, another has practical training in the workshop. The following operations are practiced; termination of umbilical, splicing of cable, soldering, pressing of connectors, splicing of fibre, dismounting and mounting of mechanical and hydraulic cmponents and maintenance of these.
 
1.2.3 PART 3 LASTING 3 weeks
 
During this period students will operate ROVs for about 50 hours. Course participants will be organised in teams and shifts and students are to administer their own teams and shifts as day shifts and evening shifts.
During week three (3) students will attend one of Abyss`work vessels to continue with practical ROV work. This means more varied ROV practice and more advanced ROV challenges. Experience with mobilising and demobilising a ROV system is part of the activities onboard  the vessel. To be able to get a sufficient number of operative periods with ROV practice, weekends will be used. In case of delays caused by sick leave,unexpected breakdown etc., Abyss will provide extra time. 
 
1.3 Exam:
As mentioned above each module is completed with exams. During week five (5) a final practical and theoretical exam will be arranged.
The final exam will be based on contents from theory lessons, theory/practice lesssons and praactical ROV training and one part which includes all these elements. 
1.4 Passed/not passed:
Part exams and the main exam are passed with a score better than 80 % correct answers.
If students fail at part exams, students are given a new chance to pass two days later. Extra teaching on demand. Whether passed or not, the main instructor will give individual evaluation of students` exams.  If a student fails to pass the main exam, the board may, on request from the head instructor, consider if the candidate shall be given extra teaching in one or more of the main modules. The board also considers if a student is to have a new exam.
 
1.5 Course certificate/Pilot 2 certificate 
After a completed course participants will be given a course certificate with this contents:
  • A complete survey of theoretical teaching
  • A specified survey of operative hours on ROV
  • Course period (hours and days)
  • If the course is completed and successfully passed
  • A complete survey of practical teaching
 
1.6 Absence
If absence exceeds four (4) days, the course is not completed.
If leave is necessary, this should be agreed upon beforehand to adjust teaching. This may be solved by working extra hours some days. 
1.7 Practical information:
The students are asked to bring clothes suitable for teaching outdoors. Lunch is included during the first week of the course. Dinner and supper when working extra hours, are not included in the course fee.
Accomodation is arranged. Prices vary between kroner 395.- for single rooms at motell to kroner 245.- per person in flat with three (3) bedrooms.  Breakfast costs kroner 55.-. Prices may be altered.
Cooking is available in the flats.
 
1.8 Contact, enrolment and payment:
  

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