Position: Dynamic Positioning Officer (DPO)

Positions Available 1
Industry Oil & Gas
Location 611 Torbay Road, Suite 1
Hourly Rate N/A
Salary N/A
Start Date 25th Sep 18
Contract type Contract
Reference ID 13588

Position details



REPORTS TO: Senior Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO)


LOCATION: Offshore Newfoundland
TYPE OF RIG: DP3 Self Propelled, Semi Submersible MODU, 6th Generation RAM Rig

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-Time, Temporary


JOB SUMMARY:  operate the DP system and the VMS (where applicable) under the direct supervision of a certified DPO.



  • Valid Canadian Watchkeeping Mate (Unlimited) License, or STCW equivalent
  • Recommendation by OIM or Rig Manager and supported by recent performance appraisal
  • Valid Nautical Institute DP (Unlimited) Certificate
  • 2+ years previous experience in a role with 6th generation semi submersible drilling rig
  • Experience with DP3 MODU Semi submersibles
  • Experience with Kongsberg K-Pos/SDP and K-Chief/SVC systems
  • Experience from POSMOOR ATA operations on Semis
  • Expertise of technical calculations for Stability and Marine aspects of operation
  • Valid Stability III
  • Knowledge of basic technical calculations required for the safe operation of the marine aspect of the rig
  • Advanced computer skills
  • GMDSS license
  • Lifeboatman certificate
  • Radar observers certification with ARPA endorsement
  • ECDIS training
  • Valid medical examination and vaccination certificated
  • Must pass Physical, Drug Screen and Background /Pre-Employment Screening Checks.
  • Must have Basic Survival Training, H2S Alive, First Aid, WHMIS 2015, Fall Protection and Confined Space Entry.



  • Operate dynamic positioning equipment under the direction of a certified SDPO
  • Operate and understand the ballast control system, Power Management System and fire and gas systems
  • Maintain the rig in a stable condition and at the correct draft and trim
  • Assist in the setup of the DP system operational parameters
  • Ensure that all DP system data are recorded
  • Advise the Driller and Chief Mate of potential position loss
  • Assist in performing Preventive Maintenance on DP equipment
  • Assist with running and maintaining records for hydrophones and subsea beacons
  • Make regular use of the onboard simulator, where available
  • Ensure that there is adequate power and reserves of power for the maintenance of position and operations; give immediate attention to any problems
  • Ensure that all defects and anomalies are reported to the Chief Mate of DPO and relevant department heads.  Maintain records of these and ensure that they are corrected adequately
  • Understudy the DPO
  • Stand navigation watch as authorized by the individual’s license
  • Manage the deck crews, working outside with them as required
  • Sound ballast and bulk tanks.  Assist with loading and sampling of bulk products as required
  • Assist Chief Mate with deck operations as required
  • Operate vessel’s radios as required
  • Operate vessel’s radars as required
  • Perform emergency duties and responsibilities as stated on the Station Bill, DP Emergency Response Plan and vessel specific Emergency Response Manual
  • Complete ISM familiarization material
  • Monitor all DP room alarms including DP system, VMS, Fire & Gas; Prioritize alarm response as necessary to maintain DP system operability by calling for technical assistance of additional DP room help
  • Assist as directed by Chief Mate with rig projects
  • Control the vessel using manual and joystick controls
  • Use the Data logger to optimize DP and Power Plant Operations
  • Use the Data Logger to detect and mitigate DP and Power Plant problems
  • Use the Data Logger to backup data
  • Export Data Logger data to Excel format
  • Use radar displays for detection and interpretation of local severe weather patterns
  • Know principles and planning Power Plant operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of diesel generator controls, operations, and failure modes
  • Be familiar with principles of basic closed-loop control system theory
  • Be familiar with Emergency Response Manual
  • Be familiar with operations of all software required for the DPO position
  • Know principles of thrusters performance, failure modes and operation
  • Know principles of DP operations
  • Possess basic knowledge of the practical operation of the DP control system, including changing between system and the various modes of operation
  • Know principles of DP processing of reference system, wind sensors, VRS, and other peripheral equipment
  • Know basic operational theory, calibration methods, and failure modes of electronic riser and stack angle sensors
  • Possess a basic understanding of WSOC, drift-off calculation, and riser analysis
  • Possess a basic understanding of rig offset test to verify stack heading
  • Possess a basic understanding of ROB operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of EDS sequences and BOP operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of drilling operations and well control
  • Possess a basic understanding of boat handling
  • Possess a basic understanding of helicopter operation
  • Be familiar with basic operational theory and failure modes of pitch/roll/heave sensors
  • Be familiar with basic operational theory and failure modes of satellite and acoustic position reference systems
  • Possess knowledge of general math, trigonometry, and geometry
  • Possess a basic knowledge of architecture of distributed automation systems
  • Possess system-specific knowledge of DP Control System redundancy, alarms and warnings
  • Possess system-specific knowledge of Vessel Management System redundancy, alarms and warnings
  • Know operation response to all DP alarms (who to call, what to do)
  • Know operational response to all Vessel Management System alarms (who to call, what to do)
  • Know vessel’s operations manuals and communications system
  • Know vessel’s FMEA and its implications
  • Complete training on any other systems relevant to the DP
  • Incorporate the THINK planning process into all tasks, whether working alone or as part of a team
  • Participate in START Process
  • Call a Time Out for Safety (TOFS) whenever and unplanned hazard or a change in the expected results is observed
  • Carry out assigned duties in a safe manner according to Company policies and procedures
  • Assist the Senior DPO, DPO, Chief Mate and/or OIM during emergency situations and emergency protection responses as designated on the Station Bill
  • Perform emergency duties and responsibilities as stated on the Station Bill, DP Emergency Response Plan, and the vessel specific Emergency Response Manual
  • Assist in communicating all Company QHSE policies and other information to all rig personnel
  • Play an active part in the weekly meetings and all other Company safety management systems
  • Ensure that a high standard to hygiene and housekeeping is maintained onboard to rig
  • Perform planned maintenance of life saving, firefighting and other marine equipment
  • Meet the training requirements according to the applicable training matrix
  • Participate fully in the annual performance appraisal process
  • Assist in training of crewmembers in firefighting, safety and deck operations


It is the objective of Transocean and Puglisevich to ensure employment equity within the workplace. We encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, and persons with disabilities having the capability, qualifications and experience to make application for this position. Qualified residents of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will be given first consideration in the staffing of these positions.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Please forward resumes to: careers@puglisevich.com


Company Info

Company: Puglisevich