Five minutes with Trainee Pilot Tech Jake Shade  

We chatted to Jake Shade to find out what inspired him to join as a trainee with ROVOP. From travel to working with cutting-edge subsea technology, we get a snapshot of life on the ocean as an ROV Trainee Pilot Tech.

What is your background?

I went straight into a Modern Apprenticeship with OPITO 4 year apprenticeship. I then spent 14 months in college and two years on-the-job training with Schlumberger. 

Where did you go to school? 

I went to Dyce Academy, where I got 4 Highers And 7 National 5s.

What was your first job when you left school?

I left school and went straight into OPITO Modern Apprenticeship.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer and, of course, a Footballer!

When did you start with ROVOP? 

September 2022

How did you get your start at ROVOP?

I applied after seeing an advert on LinkedIn.

What does your job currently involve?

I have been involved in construction based work. I am just back from Australia. I was there for seven weeks as a Pilot Tech PT2 on the McDermott LV108. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Every day is different. I enjoy working with different people offshore. There’s a great atmosphere offshore, and I enjoy travelling for work.

What are your plans for the future? 

I want to work my way up through the levels in ROVOP. I want to progress as far as I can while learning new skills.

Where do you see yourself in one year?

PT1 is the next level I am aiming for, but I am taking my time and getting experience.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be at supervisor level with ROVOP.

What advice would you give somebody looking to become a Pilot Technician?

Flying the ROV is the best part of the job, so get as much training and experience as possible. ROVOP works across multi-trades electronic mechanical and hydraulic ROVs, so there’s lots of scope for problem solving and progression.