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Offshore Radio Operator

NOC #14404

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education High school diploma

Career profile

Offshore radio operators operate the various communications links, including radio, satellite phones, internet, and other computer communications, between an offshore drilling or service platform and the mainland, including to emergency services, corporate offices, and service companies. They are also responsible for basic maintenance and repairs to radio and other communications equipment as necessary.

Offshore platforms can be extremely busy, complex workplaces with significant communications coordination needs. Offshore radio operators typically works in a radio room, recording and sending messages to coordinate everything from incoming helicopter flights to dispatching personnel, from broadcasting weather reports to responding to emergencies.


In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Receiving and transmitting radio communications in accordance with applicable international regulations.
  • Continually updating lifeboat lists as personnel movements take place on the platform.
  • Maintaining computer and manual records of personnel, cargo, vehicle activities etc. and generating reports.
  • Inspecting and maintaining radio equipment, associated batteries and antennas.
  • Receiving and responding to requests for emergency assistance.


  • Minimum secondary school completion is required.


  • Offshore safety courses may be required
  • Basic Survival Training- BST. Required course for working offshore Newfoundland and Labrador
  • HUET- Helicopter Underwater Escape Training

Additional Requirements

  • “General Operator Certificate” Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
  • Minimal or no travel
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Work away from home/in camps
  • Clerical
  • Communications and Media
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Information and Document Management
  • Cyber/Data Security
  • Works Safely
  • Transportation
  • Data Entry
  • Public Speaking
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Coordination
  • Attention to Detail