Common careers include:
This group of jobs includes a wide range of positions that
provide petroleum-related technical support to technologists and
professionals in a related discipline. Work involves the
installation, operation, servicing, monitoring, troubleshooting and
fixing of equipment used in the upstream petroleum industry.
If you have the following skills, interests and abilities, a
career as a technician might be for you:
- Enjoy the earth sciences.
- Like working with computers and
- Have an eye for visual presentation
in order to display complex, diverse characteristics on various
- Able to synthesize data from various
sources in a way that makes sense to those who will use the
- Able to work well in a team as large
complex projects integrate many disciplines.
Technicians may take anywhere from a few related courses to
specialized or technical college coursework to become eligible for
certification. Technician qualifications may also include meeting
certification standards that are set by a recognized Canadian
technical association, or in some cases, provincial bodies for
Technician certification may be granted by provincial
associations of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
(CCTT). Typical certifications include:
- Certified Technician
- Certified Technologist
- Registered Engineering Technologist
- Registered Professional Technologist
- Engineering (R.P.T. (Eng))
Credentials are transferable across Canada and are now
recognized under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
making mobility between Canada and the US possible. In many cases,
technicians may also transfer credentials overseas.
Workers can get started at a junior or training level, without
any previous experience. Advancement is based on gaining work
experience and competencies.
Many of these jobs work primarily in the field - sometimes in
remote locations - and may require frequent travel to project
Safety-sensitive positions have stringent requirements related
to being drug and alcohol free.
Quick tips & additional resources
- Sharpen skills and knowledge in areas
such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer
- Participate in National
Technology Week, which is held annually during November
and offers a host of activities along with interactive and fun
resources to explore technical careers.