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Offshore Installation Manager (OIM)

NOC #82021

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma

Career profile

Offshore installation managers (OIM) are in charge of all facets of an offshore drilling platform including the rig, drilling crews, equipment and the overall drilling operation. Their position is equivalent to the captain position onboard a ship. The OIM is responsible for the safety of the rig and personnel and provides the direction and leadership required to keep the operation running smoothly. They also ensure that various company representatives are kept informed about all activities and operations onboard the rig.

OIM’s are typically contractors, employed by drilling and well service contracting companies or employed directly by petroleum companies. They are senior leaders with several years of experience in oil and gas.


In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Supervising, coordinating and scheduling the activities of workers who drill for oil and gas, operate service rigs or provide oil and gas well services.
  • Analyzing worker or production problems and recommending solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing motivational plans.
  • Inspecting work progress, equipment or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Resolving problems and recommending measures to improve productivity and safety.
  • Preparing production and other reports.


  • A minimum of a two-year college diploma in petroleum engineering technology, or comparative college or petroleum industry approved training courses is required.
  • Extensive experience in the occupations supervised is required.


  • First Aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Blowout Prevention
  • Well Control
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Additional Requirements

  • Unlimited Oceangoing Masters License
  • OIM License/Endorsement
  • Ship’s Security Officer License
  • Nautical Institute DP Certificate
  • Valid GMDSS License
  • Lifeboatman Certificate
  • Travel likely required
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Work away from home/in camps
  • Application of Engineering Design and Technology
  • Security of People and Property
  • Production and Processing
  • Understanding Risk
  • Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Transportation
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Equipment Selection
  • Managing Finances
  • Managing Material Resources
  • Managing Personnel Resources
  • Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Building a Successful Team
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Professional Judgment and Decision Making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Leading / Living the Vision and Values