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Date: Feb 24, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77024

Company: Pacific Drilling

Position Summary

Operate vessel communications equipment, answer phones, carry out clerical duties such as filing and typing as directed.

Department / Location

Operations / Offshore – Gulf of Mexico


Position Scope

Responsible for vessel communications and maintaining a radio listening watch on maritime and aeronautical frequencies.


Reporting Relationships

Direct Manager/Supervisor – Master

Functional Manager/Supervisor – Master or Shift Mate (depending on shift)

Supervisory Relationships

The Radio Operator has no direct reports.


Qualifications and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Fluent in English communication skills (oral and written).
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Valid GMDSS General Radio Operator’s certificate.
  • Valid medical examination.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Comply with Pacific Drilling Code of Conduct and supporting policies, standards and applicable process documentation.
  • Perform all work according to agreed expectations of both internal and external customers, focus on doing things right first time, every time and contribute actively to continual improvement activities.
  • Receive and transmit messages between the vessel and shore bases, supply vessels, helicopters, and other stations by radio telephone.
  • Operate all communications equipment in the radio room, ensure they are well maintained and operational.
  • Maintain a radio listening watch on marine and aeronautical emergency frequencies.
  • Maintain records / logs of all radio communications to and from the vessel. Keep records of telephone charges if possible.
  • Ensure the maintenance of all electronic navigational aids where applicable.
  • Test the standby radio equipment and the radio equipment in the lifeboats on a weekly basis. These tests are to include the testing of the radio room batteries.
  • Advise the Master of any emergency situations within the vicinity of the vessel.
  • Inform the Helicopter Landing Officer and Bridge of all helicopter traffic to the vessel.
  • Establish and maintain radio communications with helicopter traffic to and from the vessel. Advise Pilots of landing clearances, meteorological conditions, et cetera, and record in the helicopter movement log.
  • Coordinate and control the isolation of radio equipment during periods of radio silence.
  • Participate in weekly emergency drills and respond to emergency situations as per assigned duties on the Station Bill.
  • Become familiar with the vessel’s emergency and medical evacuation procedures.
  • Report any incidents, potential hazards or abnormal situations to the marine supervisors.
  • Provide clerical / administrative support to the Master as required.
  • Coordinate crew changes by helicopter and boats.
  • Maintain up to date personnel on board and room assignment lists.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all work performed, including well data, payroll information, crew lists, and personal data including contact details of relatives to vessel’s crew. 
  • Prepare time sheets for personnel onboard in accordance with payroll procedures where applicable.

    Key Behavioral Attributes

  • Safety and team oriented.
  • Enthusiastic, self motivated, dynamic and a pro-active attitude.
  • Always promote the Company’s interest in a positive manner.
  • Commitment and accountability especially in Quality &HSE matters.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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