Good Prospects on the Ocean Floor

Winner of the award ”Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance” Kristoffer Sjumarken, does not mind being thrown in at the deep end.

Published: 19 June 2014
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Bente Øyhovden - Sparebank1 SR-bank, Kristoffer Sjumarken - Student of the Year, Owe Hagesæther - NCE Subsea and Jarle Daae - Underwater Technology Foundation

The winner claims that job prospects look good for the graduates in subsea technology at Sotra outside Bergen. The programme, which was created by the industry due to a shortage of qualified personnel in the industry, gives the students an education that enables them to work in almost any discipline in the oil industry.

- We work within a number of fields in the course of these three years: instrumentation, mechanics and electronics. The interdisciplinary approach is exciting, and we have three weeks of practical training during the first year.

Sjumarken spent his three weeks at GE Oil and Gas: - The great thing about this practice period is that I got to see, touch and feel all that I have learned at school. It is not just PowerPoints and lectures.

- Most engineering degrees specialise in a few fields, whereas we get a little bit of everything. With a bachelor’s degree in subsea technology we are prepared for many different situations when we start working.

A Close-knit Group

Sjumarken is honoured to receive the award, especially since it is his classmates who have voted for him.

- We are 38 students who spend a lot of time together throughout the day, as we study outside central Bergen. It is not like studying in the city centre, where everyone heads straight home after a lecture – when you have come all the way to Sotra you stay there for a while. This has made us a close-knit group and contributed to a good classroom environment, he says.

One of the requirements for being granted the award is that the student, in addition to having displayed excellent academic skills, has contributed to strengthening the social environment: - I have taken on different duties, and hope to have contributed to a good social environment and been perceived as forthcoming and decent, he says.

Promising Future for the Industry

According to Sjumarken, the future looks bright for those who operate on the ocean floor: - In The Barents Sea, for instance, subsea technology is highly relevant because of all the ice. It is a marked in increasing growth, and it will continue to be for years to come, he points out.

Nevertheless, this year’s winner will not start working immediately. This autumn he moves to Trondheim to begin graduate studies at NTNU. - After I have completed my master’s studies, I want to work in a small company, an office job where I have the opportunity to go offshore, he says.

Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance

The Bacelor's programme ”Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance” was established by Bergen University College (HiB) in 2007, with support from NCE Subsea and Sparebank1 SR-bank.

Bergen University College has the only subsea-specific education in Norway, and the programme is established at HiB’s department at Straume and also in Florø from autumn 2013.

Student of the Year

”Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance” is awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellent academic results and set him/herself apart by contributing to the community and helping develop professional and social aspects of the programme.

The award consists of a diploma and NOK 15,000 as well as honour and glory. The award is presented every year at the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC).