Company: Oceaneering
Skills: Environmental, Safety & Training, Safety Officer, Diving
Education: Tech/Vocational Cert/Apprenticeship
Location: United Kingdom

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Position Summary

Assistant Life Support Technicians assist the LSTs and LSSs as required. When qualified solely as ALSTs they are, effectively, trainee LSTs.

They must be experienced with and fully familiar with the diving system they are operating.

Duties & Responsibilities



  • They should maintain a logbook in which they record details of their employment.
  • Ensuring that he understands and complies with the duties detailed in IMCA D 013.
  • Assisting and supporting the LSS and the LST as and when required, in a safe and efficient manner, and under the guidance of the LSS or LST.
  • Be familiar with all relevant parts of the Dive System and all the system-specific operating procedures. Where appropriate, the LST or LSS will provide guidance and training in the information and techniques to be followed.
  • Ensuring that all equipment is operated safely and in accordance with the Oceaneering Dive System Manuals; paying attention to the safe operation of equipment, such as medical and equipment locks and Sanitation Systems.
  • Supporting the LST in ensuring that all plant and equipment is suitable, properly maintained, and, where appropriate, fully certified and in compliance with the relevant Class Authority, IMCA, IMO and other relevant standards, and that all communications systems are suitable and fully working.
  • Being fully familiar with all chamber blow-down preparation and operation procedures and activities, and with all decompression procedures and activities.
  • Ensuring that all Diver bedding, clothing and bell run equipment is clean and dry before being placed in the chambers.
  • Having suitable knowledge of personal and food hygiene, including washing hands before handling any food or food containers; maintaining standard cleanliness in the galley, and ensuring that all food is prepared and transported in suitable and hygienic containers, including any snacks for the bell.
  • Maintaining good communications with the chamber occupants and seeing that the Divers' needs are met and treated respectfully.
  • Being familiar with all Oceaneering Diving Operations documents, Diving Manual and Emergency and Contingency Manual. Where appropriate, the LST or LSS will provide guidance and training in the information and techniques to be followed.
  • Being thoroughly familiar with all the diving-related, vessel-specific Emergency and Contingency procedures, roles, responsibilities and actions; ensuring that regular drills and exercises are carried out and recorded in the relevant documents. Where appropriate, the LST or LSS will provide guidance and training in the information and techniques to be followed.
    • Assisting that the chamber hygiene requirements are met and complied with.
    • Assisting in the carrying out of drills and exercises in support of the LST. Where appropriate, the
    • LST or LSS will provide guidance and training in the information and techniques to be followed.
  • Maintaining a suitable LST log book and ensuring it is signed by the LSS. Complete appropriate company documentation
  • Deliver effective handovers
  • Implement company management of change procedures
  • Provide ongoing competence assessment of personnel under supervision
  • Promote a culture supportive of HSE matters, demonstrating visible and active HSE leadership
  • Communicate effectively with dive team, marine personnel and deck crew
  • Encourage personnel to raise issues or concerns calmly and to deal with matters promptly and appropriately
  • Support individual and team functions in ways which promote team working, trust and co- operation with colleagues and supervisors

Additional Duties

  • Maintaining the Company quality assurance and control philosophy on all operation and diving activities in accordance with the relevant standards and specifications, as required by the Client's representative(s) and procedural documentation.
  • Assist the LSS and LST is by overseeing the hygiene within the Saturation System and must ensure Diving Health and Hygiene Procedures are followed and documented.
  • Must be registered with the competency assessment scheme and be subject to appropriate assessments and be fully conversant with all relevant emergency procedures and equipment, including

the manning procedures for the SPHL.


Ensure that the Safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to so far as is reasonably practicable in order to ensure a safe working environment.


Carry out work in accordance with the Company Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Systems.

Perform the assigned tasks with due diligence regarding the Integrated Management Systems on the Company.

Eliminate waste of whatever form, to suggest the use of more environmentally friendly substances and practices and contribute to the continuous improvement of the environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Reporting Relationship



  • Completed diver training to IMCA-recognised ALST qualification
  • Passed offshore medical suitable for geographical area of work
  • Passed offshore survival course suitable for geographical area of work
  • Has received training in aspects of leadership
  • Completed employer company familiarisation

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Personal safe working practices and safety procedures on-board the vessel and/or installation
  • All relevant legislation and guidance
  • Company safety management systems including incident reporting and investigation procedures
  • Factors which affect the safety and security of the dive team
  • Dive system and operation
  • Relevant emergency procedures
  • Risk assessment principles and procedures
  • Permit to work procedures
  • Management of change procedures
  • Company hazard observation system
  • Overall dive system configuration
  • Transfer under pressure procedures and hazards
  • Planned maintenance system (PMS)
  • IMCA guidelines including DESIGN
  • Workplace and environment conditions
  • Relevant IMCA HES guidance including information contained in DESIGN documents
  • Relevant DMAC guidance
  • Hyperbaric evacuation system (HES) procedures including:
  • preparation of the HES for evacuation and launch
  • TUP and pre-launch procedures
  • launch procedures
  • post launch procedures, including recovery of SPHLB/HRC, LSP operation, transport arrangements, and HRF transfer procedures
  • emergency decompression from saturation
  • Flowcharts used to select initial treatment options/standard therapeutic treatment tables for decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Standard therapeutic treatment tables used to treat decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Operation and hazards of life support and gas reclaim systems
  • Project emergency and contingency plans
  • Fire and emergency drills relating to vessel- installation/systems/chambers
  • Procedures for:
  • loss of pressure in a saturation system/bell/DDC
  • emergency chamber abort
  • loss of communications/bell power/ hot water supply
  • loss of bell wire/umbilical/guide wire
  • lost/trapped bell
  • fire hazards/incidents
  • loss of air/gas
  • system failures, e.g. winch/ compressor
  • trapped/incapacitated diver procedures
  • loss of dive platform position
  • hyperbaric evacuation
  • Identification of hazards
  • Marine safety principles
  • Dive project plan and work procedures
  • People management principles, approaches and techniques
  • Company HR policies and procedures affecting personnel being supervised
  • Operational and project management principles, approaches and tasks
  • Company competence management system
  • Company safety and quality management systems
  • Impact of training, supervision, support and coaching on the safety performance of personnel
  • Principles and techniques of competence assessment
  • Safety leadership behaviors and impacts on individual and team performance
  • Effective communication for individual and team safety covering dive, bridge, ROV and life support teams
  • Principles relating to engagement in company safety culture
  • Principles underpinning team working and interdepartmental co-operation
  • Importance of personnel identifying and speaking out about safety concerns
  • Principles of an open reporting culture
  • Ensures that regular consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility

Working Conditions

This position is considered OFFSHORE WORK which is characterized as follows.

  • Requires working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions.
  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Includes exposure to contaminants.
  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures.
  • Requires working in cramped work spaces and getting into awkward positions.
  • Requires working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.

Physical Activity/Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is considered HEAVY work.




  • Lift 50-100 pounds
  • Walk in confined workspaces, kneel, jump, run, work while lying on stomach/back, crawl and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands
  • Differentiate between colors
  • Wear PPE for skin protection
  • Eye protection
  • Steel/safety toed shoes/boots
  • Lift 25-50 pounds
  • Wear PPE for head, hands
  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach and lift/carry objects
  • Twist, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated
  • Work with arms extended below the waist, unsupported, elbows flexed, wrist supported and unsupported
  • Lift 10-20 pounds
  • Standing and walking
  • Wear PPE for body, vision and hearing protection