Technology / Engineering / Marine Eng.

Working Student Marine Engineering

Do you want to work for a leading marine contractor creating sustainable value(s) for clients and stakeholders in the offshore wind industry?

Working Student Marine Engineering




A unique maritime adventure

At Heerema Marine Contractors, we do something new every day. We operate the world’s largest crane vessels and with them we transport, install, and remove offshore structures for the offshore energy markets. Our projects range from installing wind turbines, removing retired offshore oil and gas platforms, and installing platforms up to 50,000 metric tons. By joining us, you will play an important part in our unique maritime adventure.

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE (HMC) has won a Contract for the transportation and installation of the 111 Foundation (FOU) Jackets offshore Taiwan. HMC has installed nearly 30 FOU jackets till today. The installation activities are performed by the Heavy Lift Vessel (HLV) Aegir. 

The main Installation activities of FOU Jacket are summarized in the following steps: 

  • Most of the FOU jackets are transported from South Korea to Taiwan by HTV; some of them are transported from a Taiwanese fabrication yard;
  • The HTV moor to pre-laid anchor when they arrived to the field; 
  • The HLV Aegir moor alongside the HTV, install Jacket Lifting Tool on top of Jacket and remotely engage lifting plates; 
  • Lift jacket from HTV and sail to jacket installation location; 
  • Set-down the jacket on previously installed, cleaned pin piles.

The FOU jacket is lowered through the water column till the three jacket legs are in contact with the pin piles. The load of the jacket is transferred from the crane to the pin piles. During the load transfer, the stabbing cones of each jacket leg are in contact with the soil within the pile slowing down the final set-down. The objective of the study is to investigate the physics involved during the final set-down of the jacket installation, with special attention to the influence of soil resistance. 

Research questions: 

  • What are the set-down loads derived from the As Built data? 
  • Do we see large differences in set-down loads between Jackets? How can those differences be explained? 
  • How do the set-down loads compare to the loads computed using the OrcaFlex model in the Project preparation phase? How can the differences be explained?

Data available: 

  • As Built data: From each individual already installed FOU Jacket, environmental conditions, motions of the different bodies are logged from different measurement devices, in addition video footage and activity logs are available;
  • A study performed by the Foundation Department on soil resistance is available;
  • Time domain analyses are performed for this load transfer of the different FOU jacket using different lowering velocities using OrcaFlex. 

The scope of work is to: 

  • Extract field data;
  • Derive set-down loads;
  • Tune available OrcaFlex model to replicate different installations.

Who will you work with?

As working student you will be be come part of our Marine Engineering department and assigned to our business unit Wind. Furthermore you have a strong collaboration with our Foundation department.

Is this the job for you?

You are currently enrolled in your Masters; Engineering, Applied physics or Applied mathematics.

Here is what it takes to be a real Heerema colleague

  • Learning mindset, which means being open to feedback, curious, and eager to learn;
  • Personal leadership which means you are an entrepreneur at heart, have the mindset of a founder and take control of your own work and development.

Working at Heerema Marine Contractors

Making the impossible possible offshore, this is what drives us at Heerema! To execute our offshore projects we must innovate, engineer and develop to find solutions for our 'clients’ challenges. We are passionate about sustainability and are guided by our Sustainability Roadmap to reduce our impact on the planet. Working with Heerema means working in an international, informal, and friendly environment where you will meet likeminded and passionate colleagues.

Here's why people love working with us
  • Working on challenging projects;
  • Extensive onboarding process and opportunities to develop;
  • A development program to allow your talents to flourish;
  • Fun Friday-afternoon get together with colleagues;
  • Excellent perks and benefits, including a personal performance bonus, travel allowance, and contributions to your pension and insurance;
  • Free exercise facilities;
  • A social safety net with committed colleagues around you;
  • Plenty of digital and real-world activities to get to know colleagues outside your team;
  • 30 days off to fully recharge;
  • A modern and easily accessible office in Leiden.

Is this your dream job? Put in your application now!

We are looking forward to hearing from you. We are interested in your CV, but we mainly want to find out more about your ambitions, your personality, and what is your motivation to succeed. So be sure to include a brief cover letter explaining why you are the perfect fit for this position. So hit the button, apply, and make the impossible possible with Heerema. We’d love to meet you!

The application process

The application process will consist of an interview at our office in Leiden to discuss the topic and your wishes and expectations. At the end of the process, we will cordially welcome you aboard.

Ready to join our team?

Jill Groot
Jill Groot


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