Well control: Subsea engineer programme

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The Subsea engineer programme (SSEP) is designed to aid subsea engineers and assistant or trainee subsea engineers in improving their skills and gaining in-depth knowledge of performing suitable and safe operations within subsea engineering. The first module can be considered introductory level. From module two onwards the SSEP is of an intermediate well control equipment level. The SSEP includes subsea engineering mathematics and preventive maintenance instructions.

Lloyd's Register's International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) accredited Subsea engineer programme (SSEP) has been recognized by the industry's major drilling contractors.

Who should attend?

The programme is aimed at subsea engineers and assistant or trainee subsea engineers. The structure of the course ensures that both experienced senior and junior subsea engineers will greatly improve their knowledge of equipment in use. It is advisable that the trainees are employed on a drilling rig in a position of subsea engineer or assistant/trainee subsea engineer, while following our Subsea engineer programme. After each module the students are requested to complete practical assignments, which involve putting into practice the knowledge acquired during the classroom sessions.


At the completion of the programme the candidates will be able to:

  • Plan routine operations, including routine inspections of all well control equipment and compensating systems on floating rigs
  • Have a greater understanding of the systems in use onboard a floating rig and be able to perform troubleshooting and fault correction of the BOP (blowout preventer) control system on conventional hydraulic and multiplex control systems as well as on the riser tensioner systems, direct acting tensioner systems, drill string or crown-mounted compensator systems
  • Plan and carry out maintenance, including routine maintenance and daily checks, of all well control equipment
  • Plan and carry out repairs, including changing of rams and overhauling ram bonnets, changing the annular element, installing and testing new hydraulic seals, changing/repairing choke and kill valves installed on the BOP, changing/repairing gate valves and chokes on choke and kill manifold and changing/testing slip joint packers
  • Understand the operations and maintenance of all types of hydraulic connectors used in today's drilling industry
  • Understand the operations and maintenance of standard and modern marine riser systems
  • Perform the following calculations:
    • accumulator systems calculations, both surface and subsea
    • riser tensioner calculations
    • compressibility calculations for pressure testing
    • design and testing of choke and kill manifolds
    • surface and subsea BOP pressure testing and design
    • poorboy degasser calculations
    • rigid conduit line volumes circulation calculation


  • All the latest engineering bulletins of the major manufacturers will be reviewed
  • Deep-water operation issues will be discussed throughout all the modules

Programme Content

  1. Classroom Modules
    Day 1
    Introduction/Entry exam Module 1
    What is Well Control?
    Ram preventers part 1
    Multimedia rams Cameron
    Ram preventers part 2
    Day 2
    Annular preventers part 1
    Annular preventers part 2
    Multimedia annular preventers Hydril
    Gate valves
    Hydraulic connectors
    Day 3
    Choke manifolds
    Hydraulic control systems part 1
    Hydraulic control systems part 2
    Fuzzy maths part 1
    Day 4
    Multiplex control systems
    Testing and safety procedures
    Wellhead systems
    Fuzzy maths part 2
    Diverter systems
    Day 5
    Flexible hoses/DSC (drill string compensator) systems
    Final exam Module 1
    Course evaluation - End of course
  2. Practical Assignments
    Candidates are required to complete a number of practical assignments after Modules 1, 2 and 3.

Advantages of an assignment-based assessment:

  • Better understanding of the operations and systems on board the rig
    The candidates must be able to describe the operations on board the rig in their own words and be able to read the applicable diagrams of the systems in use.
  • Further training in the methods of planning and execution of maintenance and repair tasks
    The candidates must be able to describe the processes involved in maintenance or repair tasks, including job descriptions, required tools, equipment, and the procedure of ordering spare parts.
  • Development of the report writing skills and analysis
    The candidates learn to produce field reports on activities in which they were involved during the field excursion periods (running of a BOP or major maintenance performed on BOP equipment and auxiliary equipment).
    The candidates are expected to provide a detailed description of these activities and a compilation of possible improvements or changes.


The Subsea engineer programme is based on a 12-month training period and consists of two elements:

  1. Four five-day classroom modules to obtain theoretical knowledge of the relevant material
  2. Practical assignments that enable attendees to develop an understanding of systems, operations and procedures

Progress Monitoring and Programme Completion Requirements

The candidate's progress is monitored based on the results of the written tests conducted at the end of each theoretical module and the assessment of the practical assignments completed on the rig. All in-class assignments are corrected by our trainers and returned to the candidate. The three practical assignments are based on the topics discussed in the classroom and allow candidates to demonstrate the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the programme. The results of the entry test, final exams and practical assignments will be communicated to the candidate's supervisor.

In order to successfully complete the course the candidate must achieve the following:

  1. Score at least 70% for each of the four theoretical final exams.
  2. Be awarded an average score of no less than 70% for each of the practical assignments.


The SSEP is fully accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Upon successful completion of the SSEP assignments and exams, candidates receive an IADC certificate of completion. The IADC certificate is valid for 5 years.


Four five-day sessions within a period of 12 months. Assignments must be submitted on the first day of the following module. Note: The minimum period of 12 months is essential for the candidates to complete their practical assignments.

Educational path

The SSEP is part of our multi-level educational curriculum. Candidates who have successfully completed this training programme and would like to extend their knowledge might also be interested in attending our Advanced subsea engineer programme (ASSEP).

Please contact us for other opportunities and training aimed at personal career development.

Scheduled dates

27/02/2017 - 03/03/2017
(Course 1, Module 4) Aberdeen / United Kingdom

06/03/2017 - 10/03/2017
(Course 2, Module 4) Houston / United States

10/04/2017 - 14/04/2017
(Course 3, Module 4) Aberdeen / United Kingdom

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