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Field Workers

Common careers include:

Drilling, oilfield servicing and seismic contractors, as well as some pipeline companies, employ field workers. The jobs tend to be routine in nature and training is done on-the-job. These occupations provide a good entry point for the industry and assist in the operation of the rig equipment when drilling, completing or maintaining a well. This includes setting up, taking down and servicing the rig equipment, and general clean-up of the rig area, pipeline facilities and/or lease site. They may also assist with reclamation and routine construction work.

A career as a field worker might be for you if you have the following skills, interests and abilities:

  • Ability to take direction and show initiative.
  • Stamina and flexibility to work outdoors in any weather conditions.
  • Tolerance for travelling to, and remaining in, isolated locations for extended periods of time.
  • Willing to walk long distances in uneven terrain carrying heavy loads.
  • Enjoy outdoor physical activities and operating all-terrain vehicles.
  • Willing to travel on ATVs, boats, helicopters and other wilderness transportation.
  • Able to problem solve, trouble-shoot and think quickly on your feet.


These jobs do not require formal education higher than a high school diploma. Health and safety certification is key for these roles, and in some cases, a valid driver's license may be required.

Safety-related certification (both required and optional) that may apply to field worker occupations includes:

  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
  • Basic Safety Awareness
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Fall Protection
  • First Aid and CPR training
  • General Oilfield Driver Improvement (GODI)
  • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Awareness and/or Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Well Control
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Seasonal training such as wildlife awareness, cold weather and wilderness awareness

Employers may also have different requirements for the same positions.

Career paths

These are typically entry-level positions. Career advancement to operators and trades may be possible with appropriate educational qualifications, on-the-job training and completion of further technical and/or apprenticeship training.

At work

This work is very hands-on, physically labour intensive and requires travel to project sites in sometimes remote locations.

Safety-sensitive positions have strict requirements related to being drug and alcohol free.

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