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May 19, 2015


Pacific Drilling S.A

Job Title

Subsea Technician At Pacific Drilling (NYSE: PACD)

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With our best-in-class drillships and highly experienced team, Pacific Drilling is a fast-growing company committed to becoming the industry’s preferred ultra-deepwater drilling contractor. Since initiating construction of our first four rigs in 2008, Pacific Drilling has grown into a successful, premium drilling contractor with more than 1,500 employees and contracts with the highest-quality clients in the industry. To date we have delivered six ships; two more vessels under construction will be completed within the year. Our fleet of eight ultra-deepwater drillships will represent one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. Throughout our development, we have remained committed to customer service and operating with the utmost integrity and focus on safety. Pacific Drilling will continue to combine the strength of a large, well-capitalized enterprise with the agility and flexibility of a small solution provider to the benefit of our customers, suppliers, employees and the

Subsea Technician

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Position Summary

The Subsea Technician is a ‘fast track’ trainee of the Subsea Department. He or she is responsible for learning as much as possible about the subsea equipment to gain deep insight as to the various tasks and methods of the drilling vessel subsea environment. The technician will also be responsible for interacting with as many Subsea Supervisors as possible in the first year of the program.

Department / Location

Operations/ Global

Position Scope

The Subsea Technician program is intended to produce competent Subsea Supervisors from technically trained personnel in one year and on to Senior Subsea Supervisors in two years. The first year of the program is effectively full time while the second year will be (almost) equal time on and off and assigned to a drill-ship.

The first year will be broken into four stages, the first of which will have the Technicians assigned to the Subsea Superintendents, the second stage will have the Technician assigned to one of our drill-ships.

The third stage will be assigned to a different drill-ship (probably in a different country) and the fourth stage will have the Technician assigned to shadow the Subsea Superintendents again.

During this first year there will be many training courses to attend and during both years there will be many assignments to complete and reports to write.

The technicians will be evaluated and tested after each stage. A failure of any evaluation, an assignment or of the written test will prevent graduation. We will, however allow one opportunity only to correct such a failure.

Reporting Relationships

Direct Manager/Supervisor – The Subsea Technician will report to his (her) mentor on a daily basis.

Functional Manager/Supervisor – The Subsea Technician will ultimately report to the Director of Operational Excellence.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A sound knowledge of hydraulic systems, with either mechanical or electrical related experience.
  • A technical education with a degree, a diploma or equivalent.
  • At least one year of supervisory experience (even if there was only one subordinate).
  • Worked a rotating schedule, with long periods away from home, preferably on foreign assignments.
  • The ability and willingness to perform self-study.
  • A sound knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • The ability to read drawings and schematics.
  • Be able to collect and process information required for the assignments.
  • The capability to write detailed, though concise, technical reports.

Work Environment

Rig, office, classroom and factory.

Year of Experience

5-10 year


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