People

Offshore Team

We have a wide range of highly skilled engineers working offshore around the world. Meet some of our people - one of our subsea project engineers, senior subsea engineers, assistant subsea engineers and subsea technicians - and find out more about them here:
Derek Worthington
Subsea Superintendent
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Derek Worthington
Subsea Superintendent

Current Position

Derek Worthington accepted the position as Subsea Superintendent at SUBC USA, LLC in September 2015. In the current role, he is responsible for 3rd Party BOP Verification and Compliance Division.

Previous Experience

Derek has lived in Texas the majority of his life, and currently resides in Houston, TX.  After graduating with a BS from Texas A&M University, Derek moved to Monahans, TX to work for Torqued Up Oilfield Services as a field service supervisor.  In 2005, Derek moved to Houston, TX for Pride International and began his offshore career as a subsea engineer. Derek has worked for several deepwater drilling contractors and third party service companies over the years.  In 2011, he joined Lloyd’s Register Drilling Integrity Services as a senior surveyor responsible with conducting compliance and verification surveys on well control equipment for oil and gas companies as well as drilling contractors.  Derek has since joined SUBC as a Superintendent working both onshore and offshore roles to help  expand SUBC USA’s footprint for 3rd Party BOP Verification and Compliance services with oil and gas operators domestically and globally.

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Subsea Project Engineer
Max Watson
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Subsea Project Engineer
Max Watson

Why I joined SUBC Engineering

I joined SUBC Engineering in 2009. Before joining the company I worked for one of the leading drilling contractors for 23 years in total on the same model of rigs with identical equipment. Thus, by joining SUBC Engineering I wanted to expand my current knowledge and develop my skills.

About the job

Currently my focus is on subsea project work; therefore, the best part of my job is being exposed to the new cutting edge technology and learning new things every day. I would say the most difficult part of my job is dealing with API rules and recommendations and working to ensure that the clients’ needs, policies and procedures are met in line with them. As with all projects, it is necessary to ensure they are brought in on time and to budget; something that is not always easy.

Opportunities and challenges at SUBC Engineering

Being a part of SUBC Engineering and working as a Subsea Project Engineer includes a large number of opportunities on a daily bases. One of the opportunities this position offers includes being exposed to the newest equipment, as well as working together with vendors to design, develop and manufacture equipment for a specific job.

One of the main challenges which arise is delivering a product on time and to budget. It is also quite challenging when you need to provide the client with a piece of equipment which their rig and personnel have never seen and used before. This is why, in some cases, my responsibilities include formulating the handling and running of procedures. Also, when a piece of equipment  needs to be taken from the drawing board, manufactured, tested, delivered on time, then assembled and put into service, there is a lot to get done in often a short space of time.

What I like most about working for SUBC Engineering

One of the best things about working for the company is that it offers a variety of different opportunities in worldwide locations. One day I could be working hands on in coveralls and the next day I could be concentrating on project work in the office, wearing a shirt and tie. However, most of all I like SUBC Engineering because I am treated as a person and not just a payroll number.

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Subsea Project Engineer
Ralf Mandera
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Subsea Project Engineer
Ralf Mandera

Why I joined SUBC Engineering

I joined SUBC Engineering Ltd in January 2010, so I have working here more than 5 years. I decided to make some changes in my life as it had become a little stale working for the same Drilling Contractor on the same rig. I believe that everybody needs to challenge themselves, especially when they are younger. I decided to join Colin Burney as I had first met  him in 1996, back in the days when he still got his hands dirty. Personally I feel that the decision to join SUBC was the correct on efor me as it has opened the door to may possibilities.

About the job

I enjoy my current job since for one, I have the opportunity to travel all over the world and be in different countries and enter into different roles every time. In addition, I like the mentoring part of my job a lot as I have the opportunity to share my knowledge (limited though it is!!) with the younger and less experienced generations.This has now translated into the training aspect of the industry which again is a new challenge.

The most difficult part of the job is to go back offshore after the time off and being at home and spending the time with my wife and cars. And, of course, working offshore is not always easy, as on average we work 80-90 hours per week and sometimes this can be in excess of 100 hours.That said once I'm back in the swing it all falls into place... well mostly!

Opportunities and challenges at SUBC Engineering

SUBC Engineering offers a lot of opportunities for every employee, including travelling and working all over the world. I also have the opportunity to work with the latest equipment, for example, on the latest 6th generation rigs. In 2012 I was working in Cuba as a Senior Engineer with the first exploration wells in the region on Scarabeo 9 using some of the latest Managed Pressure Drilling technology. This is an ultra-deep 6th generation semi-submersible drilling rig, which is able to operate at the water depth up to 3600 m with drilling depths up to 15200 meters.

I enjoy going to different rigs and meeting different people on every rig; there were 34 different nationalities in total on one of the rigs I worked. Therefore, it has its own opportunities and challenges as each individual has his or her own different working style and culture so we need to work together to deliver the results. Every engineer needs to be very adaptive and flexible to be able to work efficiently and effectively. It can be even more challenging when you go on a rig for the first time, as you are there on your own,since other people are working as a part of a crew positions.This means you have to prove yourself as an individual. For this reason working in shipyards an you are a part of the bigger group of 4 or more people, it can be easier as you can support each other, work together, socialise and exchange knowledge about tasks and issues.

What I like most about working for SUBC Engineering

I find the flexibility paramount, which can be found only in small companies like SUBC Engineering since in the bigger companies you tend to be only a number and realsitically nobody knows who you are. In SUBC if I need some time off to recharge the batteries, I can normally arrange this and it allows me to be in charge of my own life to a greater extent which inturn allows me to fulfil my work potential. And of course traveling and working opportunities all over the world which you will rarely find in other industries.

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Subsea Superintendent
John Gonzales
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Subsea Superintendent
John Gonzales

Current Position

John Gonzales accepted the position as Subsea Superintendent for SUBC USA, LLC in February 2015.  In the current role, he is responsible for 3rd Party Hands on Deepwater Subsea Personnel Division.  


Previous Experience

John has 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He started his career on land drilling rigs in East Texas working his way up to driller before joining Cameron Drilling Systems.  While at Cameron, he was the Senior Field Service Technician commissioning BOP Stacks for deepwater drilling contractors such as Stena, Noble, Vantage and Odfjell.  John also performed service work at Cameron on BOP's, valves, riser running equipment, controls software, and Siemens software for the Mark 3 product lines. 

John moved on from Cameron and joined a 3rd Party subsea firm performing subsea manpower support for various End of Well, Projects, Vendor Surveillance, and operational fill in position work such as Night Subsea Engineer and Senior Subsea Engineer in the GOM and North Sea.  John’s knowledge and experience led him to become the US and Brazil Subsea Manager for the 3rd Party subsea firm, increasing their subsea manpower from four to thirty one engineers.  He left the 3rd party subsea firm to hire on with a major deepwater drilling contractor as a Senior Subsea Engineer responsible for the world’s largest semi-submersible drilling rig.  John has since joined SUBC as a Superintendent working both onshore and offshore roles to help  expand SUBC’s footprint with deepwater drilling contractors domestically and globally.

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