Robert Gordon University is working with The Underwater Centre to incorporate a commercial diving familiarisation course as part of its masters (MSc) courses in engineering.
The Centre, based at Fort William, is delivering theoretical sessions covering diving physics, physiology, gases and systems, regulations and ROV intervention using the extensive facilities and subsea equipment.
The work will form part of the Aberdeen-based university’s MSc Subsea Engineering and MSc Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering courses.
The latest students to benefit from this industry collaboration, Felix Daboner and Joseph Adele, visited the Centre last month to complete the week-long course.
Felix, 26, who is undertaking one of the MSc courses, said: “The visit to The Underwater Centre was hugely beneficial in that it allowed us to see and experience everything involved in commercial diving.
“The facilities and equipment they have at the Centre are all exactly like you would find offshore so it was great to be able to get a bit of hands on experience.”
The courses combine academic engineering study with current, real-world industry practice. This is achieved by combining the strengths of the School of Engineering’s full-time staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, providing access to world-class teaching and research.
Steve Ham, Commercial Director at The Underwater Centre, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support the students by providing hands-on and realistic exposure to the subsea industry.
“We believe by partnering with universities, like RGU, we can provide that important experience that helps further add to the students’ training.”