IMarEst LogoOur Graduate Training Scheme (PDinspire) is accredited by the IMarEST and is aligned with the requirements of the Engineering Council for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Since it was initiated in 2010, over 15 graduates have progressed through the scheme to become qualified engineers within PDi. Several have progressed to senior engineering positions within the organisation.

Keep an eye on our Careers page for our next graduate intake.


The purpose of the scheme is to provide a structured platform for development and learning that will ensure a good start to your career and assist in your path to becoming a Chartered Engineer. The scheme involves a mix of on-the-job training, internal training courses, external training courses and site visits.


Each graduate will be assigned a mentor who is responsible for maintaining contact throughout the training period, providing guidance and support to help achieve targets and goals.

On the Job Training

Work placements will be selected and monitored to ensure a breadth of experience which in the past has taken our graduates around the world.

Formal Training

A selection of training courses has been identified to support development and to complement the on the job training. These include both technical and non-technical subjects with a mix of industry training providers and inhouse specialists.

Engineering Council Standard

Development will be recorded and measured against set criteria as detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Ross Gardiner - Lead Project Engineer

​After graduating from University of Glasgow, Ross moved to Aberdeen joining PDi as a Graduate Project Engineer in November 2010.

Enjoying both the technical experiences the role brought and the opportunities to travel, Ross found himself working as a project engineer in Brazil and the USA before returning to the UK. Since his return Ross has progressed up through the company into his current role of Lead Project Engineer, providing support to less senior engineers and managing his own scopes with various operators and installation contractors.

“International travel was always a key interest of mine when I decided to join the subsea engineering sector. PDi were able to offer this while providing a diverse portfolio of projects for me to work on. Now I’m further into my career, PDi has started to offer more opportunities to manage scopes and take on a greater degree of responsibility which is key to anyone’s development.”

Cameron Underwood - Graduate Project Engineer

​Growing up on a farm on the west coast of Scotland, Cameron attended Oban High School before heading to Robert Gordon University to study his MEng Mechanical Engineering.

Following a summer placement with Dana Petroleum in 2018, Cameron was keen to secure a position on a graduate scheme within the oil and gas industry.

“Oil and Gas has always been portrayed to me as a dinosaur industry. This was until I was able to see first-hand the innovation that was transforming the energy sector, especially in subsea technologies”.

PDi appealed to Cameron due to the broad range of services the company offers and wealth of experience. PDi were able to offer greater exposure and responsibility as an engineer as he starts out his professional career. From day one, he was in a kick-off meeting and he continues to contribute to the development of the project.