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Well control: Subsea engineer programme.

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.


The Advanced subsea engineer programme (ASSEP) forms the highest level of our well control educational curriculum and operates on a specialist level. Due to the in-depth nature of this programme, it is intended for attendees who have successfully completed our Subsea engineer programme (SSEP) and have ample subsea field experience. This ensures that candidates have gained adequate knowledge and understanding of the equipment, have been taught how to apply and analyse their project management (PM) tasks as well as being familiar with subsea mathematics.

The ASSEP has been recognized by the industry's major drilling contractors and is International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) accredited

Who should attend?

Subsea engineers and assistant subsea engineers who have successfully completed our SSEP, preferably have gained one or two years of field experience, want to enhance their knowledge and advance within the subsea discipline.


Upon completion of the programme the candidates are able to:

  • Plan routine operations, including inspections of all well control equipment and floating rigs' compensating systems
  • Have a greater understanding of the systems in use on the rig and be able to perform troubleshooting, fault correction of the BOP (blowout preventer) control system, riser tensioner systems, direct acting tensioner systems, drill string or crown-mounted compensator systems, and both the conventional hydraulic and modern multiplex control systems
  • Plan and carry out maintenance of all well control equipment, including routine maintenance and daily checks
  • Plan and carry out repairs, including changing rams and overhauling ram bonnets, changing the annular element, installing and testing of new hydraulic seals, changing/repairing choke and kill valves on the BOP, changing/repairing gate valves and chokes on the choke and kill manifold and changing/testing slip joint packers
  • Design or alter BOP testing programmes
  • Understand riser running programmes for deep water, including the safe handling of modern buoyancy modules
  • Understand the basics of metallurgy, which can be used in controlling galvanic and electrolytic corrosion of subsea and surface equipment

Programme Content - Classroom Modules

Day 1
Entry Exam module 1
Ram Preventers part 1
Ram Preventers part 2
Ram Preventers part 3
Day 2
Annular preventers
Gate valves
Hydraulic connectors
Choke and kill manifold
Day 3
Conventional control systems
Cameron MUX equipment
Home work
Day 4
Cameron Mux exercise 1
Cameron MuX exercise 2
Shaffer MUX V
Acoustic and auto-shear systems
Day 5
Final exam Module 1
Course evaluation - End of course

Note: The ASSEP consists of an in-depth study of the topics discussed during the SSEP.


The ASSEP is based on a six-month training period and consists of two elements:

  1. Two five-day classroom modules to develop theoretical knowledge. Ample discussion time scheduled during which candidates present projects and defend their approach of a procedure common in the subsea department of their rig.
  2. One practical assignment, to be completed between the modules.
    The candidates evaluate the layout and testing programmes of the BOP and the choke and kill manifold. The periodical wall-thickness measurements, NDT inspections and the subsea engineer PM system need to be examined as well. Where possible, newer insights should be used to alter the existing PM system to the modern philosophy.

Interaction between candidates is a major part of the ASSEP. Therefore, the maximum number of candidates for the programme is eight. The trainer's method has changed from a cognitive to a facilitating training style.

During each classroom module, candidates are divided into groups. Each group receives tasks which require them to explain the operation of complicated systems, incl. MUX control systems. Other topics include the analysis of downtime or system troubleshooting. Groups have access to a large computer screen to work on each project.

Candidates must use all their skills and knowledge gained from the SSEP and field experience, as this is considered embedded knowledge. After each group has completed their project, the group leader has to present and defend their solution to the rest of the class and the trainer.

Progress Monitoring and Programme Completion Requirements

Candidates take a final exam at the end of each theoretical module, and they also are assessed on the practical assignment they carry out on their rig. All in-class assignments are corrected by our trainers and returned to the candidate. The practical assignments are based on the topics discussed in the classroom and they enable the candidate to demonstrate their theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the programme.

The results of the entry test, both final exams of the classroom modules and the results of the practical assignments will be communicated to the candidate's supervisor.

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

  1. Score at least 70% for each of the two theoretical exams.
  2. An average score of at least 70% on the practical assignment


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

Upon successful completion of the ASSEP assignment and exams, candidates receive an IADC certificate of completion. This certificate is valid for five years.


Two 5-day class room sessions and one on-the-job work assignment and assessment within a period of six months. The assignment must be submitted on the first day of the last module.

Education path

This is the last part of the tri-level educational programme of the well control discipline. Please contact us for other opportunities and training aimed at personal career development.

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