Underwater Vehicles

Underwater Vehicles - Diploma of Technology
Skills and Interests

You’re ready to turn your interest in electromechanical technology and robotics into a career in underwater vehicles.

Work Environment

Offshore oil, gas and wind energy, exploration and subsea structures, onshore manufacturing, simulation, research support and aquaculture industries.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John’s)

Program Length:

*Four years with options to exit at two years with a Technician Diploma in Remotely Operated Vehicles or three years with a Diploma of Technology


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Practical Experience:

One work term and two technical sessions

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  April 15. Applications received after this date will be assessed as resources and space allow.

For More Information:

2023-2024 Undergraduate Viewbook

Program Description

This program will provide you a solid grounding in electronics, mechanical technology and workplace safety. Through classroom, simulation and work place training, you'll become an expert at operating, maintaining and repairing ROV systems.

Students completing the four-year Underwater Vehicles program will earn both a Diploma of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology Degree. There is also exit at 2 years with a Technician Diploma in Remotely Operated Vehicles or 3 years with a Diploma of Technology.

Program Structure

This four-year program consists of eight 13 week academic semesters, two technical sessions and a work term.

  • First year: Two academic terms followed by a technical session.
  • Second year: Two academic terms followed by a technical session and a work term.
  • Third year: Two academic terms.
  • Fourth year: Two academic terms.
Admission Requirements

Adherence to our Application and Admission Regulations either upon high school graduation (following a period of employment subsequent to graduation), or by transfer from another post-secondary institution.

Proof of physical fitness through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Offshore Medical.

Strong math and science skills.

Requirements for both the diploma and the degree successfully completed in order to receive any one of the credentials.

What Alumni Say

"I've travelled to some very interesting places and met some pretty interesting people. Choosing the ROV program was a great decision."

-Karla Brown
MI Graduate

TAC Accreditation
  • Marine Institute's Remotely Operated Vehicles – Technician Diploma is a Canadian Technology Accreditation Board national accredited program at the technician level.

 TAC Accreditation

  • National program accreditation involves an independent team of certified professionals performing an extensive audit, which provides graduates and employers confidence the program meets the educational standards of Canada's engineering technology and applied science profession.
  • Graduating from a national accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.
  • Marine Institute's Remotely Operated Vehicles – Technician Diploma is a national accredited program recognized by the International Engineering Alliance under the Dublin Accord.

Dublin Accord

DCBC Accreditation

Graduates are recognized by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) and are eligible to register with DCBC as an ROV Operator.