DPO Looking for work on Drillships

Hi everyone. I am looking to work towards gaining a position on drillships. I have 15 years offshore experience. 12 of those years as 2nd mate and Chief mate anchor handling and windfarm installation/construction.

I have an Unlimited DP ticket and an Unlimited Chief Mates certificate (UK). I have applied but never heard anything back. I know it’s a close community and a start will hopefully come to fruition in the near future.

Any tips would be grateful. Also expected salary for a JDPO.

Best Regards

I’m going to go start some popcorn. This is going to get good soon.

Most of the sailors here are US so might not get too much help. Sounds like you have good experience though.

What companies have you tried? Where do most IK dpo’s work?

I’ve tried Seadrill, Transocean, Dolphin and Stenna.

I have the experience, just needing a helping hand to get a foot in the door to learn about the drilling game.

Didn’t realise the majority of seafarers on here were American. So if there are any Scots/Irish out there willing to help a fellow Scot you would be welcome in my castle any time. Haha

Try Noble, cCaptain can give you a reference letter…they are in need of bodies

I agree with trying Noble Drilling.

Noble is a very good idea; they have lots of job postings on Rigzone.com. Ensco is another possibility. Try the recruiters.

Dynamic Positioning Operator
Noble Corporation
Updated: Sep 10 2012
Desired Expertise: Dynamic Position Officer
Experience: 1+ years
Minimum Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Domestic or International
Job Status: Active / Open
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Position Qualifications

Certified as a Dynamic Positioning System Operator
USCG Third Mates license or equivalent preferred
Computer skills sufficient to operate and maintain dynamic positioning control
Advanced electronics background in troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of electronic display consoles, circuit card component replacement, electronic instrumentation, etc.
Experience in leadership and management
Experience in an industrial marine environment
Speak English and language of the country where drilling operations occur

Essential Functions


Operate the automated and fixed station-keeping system of the rig.
Coordinate the move on or off location, starting or securing the Dynamic Positioning Systems.
Monitor the Dynamic Positioning (DP) System and its associated equipment and instrumentation and operate the manual DP controls if necessary to maintain the desired position of the unit over the well during drilling operations.
Communicate with the Captain during inclement weather conditions to combine the DP system operation with standard propulsion and/or anchored means of station-keeping to ensure the desired position of the unit is maintained.
Maintain good communications with the drill floor at all times.
Track and monitor shipping in the area of operations for possible problems.
Monitor and keep abreast of weather conditions at all times.
Function as rig radio operator.
Train and instruct assigned personnel as requested by management.
Work with and assist various groups of key supervisory personnel on the rig.
Maintenance, Repair, and Troubleshooting
Ensure that the DP system is repaired and pre-tested between well locations and is in 100% operational condition prior to arriving on location.
Maintain, troubleshoot and/or perform routine repairs to the DP system and electronic equipment within the limits of technical expertise and abilities.
Consult with rig management if outside technical experts or specialists are required.
Prepare and/or initiate maintenance requirements for the DP system and its associated equipment as necessary with rig management.
Ensure that adequate spare parts are available to service the DP system and its associated equipment and that the parts are properly stored to prevent damage.
Advise and recommend minimum/maximum spare parts and stock levels for the DP system and associated equipment and assist in ordering replacement parts.
Work with and assist various groups of key supervisory personnel on the rig.


Maintain a daily logbook and prepare a weekly report concerning pertinent activities applicable to maintaining the unit's position as well as special reports.
Maintain records of the DP system equipment, performance, changes, additions, replacements, maintenance schedules, etc. and evaluate this information to improve operational efficiency and minimize downtime.

Thank you very much for the info. I’ll get my CV in right away.

[QUOTE=rjbpilot;82061]Try Noble, cCaptain can give you a reference letter…they are in need of bodies[/QUOTE]

Noble will be a perfect choice if you are an idiot and lack professionalism or experience but hey they are a job and a door into drilling yet I’m not sure where being a Brit fits in since all their drillships are either in the GoM or Brazil. Definitely not in the GoM.

Sir, Any idea how much is the present salary for senior DPO ?