Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV Operator)

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Operator

Length of Study:

2 years


8 week work term


Marine Institute campus, Ridge Road

Application Deadline:

April 15 (fall)

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Fly high in the underwater world of Remotely Operated Vehicles

A career as a ROV pilot/technician offers you the unique experience to combine your engineering, technology, computer and science skills in an oceans environment. Our program, the only one of its kind in Canada, provides you with a solid grounding in electronics and mechanical technology through classroom, simulation and work place training to operate, maintain and repair ROV systems.

Your success will come from your knowledge of a wide range of work class vehicles, aptitude to perform ROV maintenance, understanding of specialized ROV systems, ability to work safely in difficult oceans environments and talent to pilot or “fly” these underwater robots.

Program Structure

This two-year program is comprised of four thirteen week academic terms, two technical sessions and an eight week work term.

What You'll Need

You must meet the Marine Institute’s Application and Admission Regulations either immediately upon graduation from high school, following a period of employment subsequent to graduation, or by transfer from another post-secondary institution. Applicants are required to provide proof of physical fitness through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Offshore Medical.

Future Learning Opportunities

The Marine Institute plans to offer graduates of this program the opportunity to continue their studies for a further two years to earn a Bachelor of Technology degree specializing in underwater vehicle technology.


Fees are in Canadian dollars for the 2008-09 academic year.

Four Academic Terms ($690 per term) $2760
Two Technical Sessions ($345 per session) $690
Work Term $173
Student Experience

Globally, there is a significant lack of trained ROV pilots and technicians. Demand is growing in the offshore oil and gas industry, in resource management, and in security.

This program produces graduates who are particularly well suited to the demands of these positions. Graduates are immediately employable in exciting locations around the globe.

-Dwight Howse

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