Navigating the world of underwater robotics
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Megan King hasn’t looked back since deciding that working with underwater and remotely operated vehicles was the career for her.

Three years ago, she was rethinking her career plans following a year at university and recalled the experiences of her high school robotics team. She enrolled at the Marine Institute (MI) the following September.

“It’s the best decision I ever made. I haven’t made a lot of important decisions at this point in my life, but that one was definitely top tier for me. It worked out nicely.”Megan King

She graduated in June with a Diploma of Technology in Underwater Vehicles and Technician Diploma in Remotely Operated Vehicles. She was also student speaker during the graduation ceremony.

Prior to graduation, she landed a job as a junior ROV pilot technician with Oceaneering Canada. It takes her offshore for 28-day work rotations.

She also plans to continue her education at the School of Ocean Technology with a Bachelor of Technology.

High school robotics

Ms. King grew up in Paradise and attended Mount Pearl Senior High, where she developed an interest in remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as a member of the school’s Husky Explorer Robotics team.

Her team won the regional competition held annually at the Marine Institute in 2019 and went on to the international competition held in Tennessee.

“We also won first place there. I was like ‘Wow, this is so cool.’ It was something I never had exposure to before and I really liked it.”

Learn more about her experiences.