Steven Miller: a day in the life of an offshore engineer

Steven Miller: a day in the life of an offshore engineer
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Meet Steven Miller, Section Leader, Edinburgh

Steven Miller, 42, graduated from Greenhall High School in Gorebridge, Midlothian in 1992, and has been with Capital since August of that year. In Part 2 of our offshore engineer series, Steven starts off by answering a few questions.

Offshore engineer

Steven Miller [right], Section Leader

All about Steven

What are you responsible for? 

As one of Capital’s offshore engineers, I deal with the repair and day-to-day maintenance of our print devices offshore.

What drew you to working offshore?

The challenge, the adventure, meeting great people, and also the money!

Tell us about your most memorable (or scariest!) moment?

That had to have been when our helicopter was attempting to land on BP Bruce in adverse weather and failing! I ended up having an impromptu stay over in Shetland.

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting the chance to be back on the tools, finding and fixing the fault, and experiencing the relief and satisfaction that comes with it.

What’s the difference between working offshore and on?

My day job based in Capital’s head office in Edinburgh involves some office work and deals with the day-to-day running of the service team. When I am offshore, I feel I am getting back to my roots, and things are also a lot more hands-on.

Do you have any advice for young people interested in working offshore?

If you want some adventure in your life then apply!

Stormy seas!

A typical day at sea for an offshore engineer

0600 – 1030

Wake up time! I take a quick shower and get dressed before joining the team for breakfast. Before I crack on, I have a Toolbox Talk meeting with the Offshore Installation Manager, when all the tasks for the day ahead are set out and discussed. Then I get on with the repairs at hand.

1030 – 1200

At mid-morning, I sit down with the Telecoms Technician and we discuss the finer details and issues with the machines.

1200 – 1300

By midday I will hopefully have fixed the first machine! I join the offshore engineer team again in the canteen for a good lunch.

1300 – 1800

I work hard throughout the afternoon, checking all the machines for faults. I fix and clean as required.

1800 – 2200

At 6pm the shifts change, then it’s tea time for this offshore engineer! One really great thing about being offshore is the food! The kitchen staff really are first rate. After a decent dinner, I usually relax in the TV room. Unfortunately, Emmerdale is a firm favourite with the offshore community! But sometimes there is a film screening on the onboard cinema.


Bedtime! Hopefully my ‘roomy’ is not a snorer!

If you would like to know more about Capital’s services, contact us now. Also to find out more about becoming an offshore engineer, visit our careers page.

Main image courtesy of Bibby Offshore.


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