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Technologists (Certified)

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This career option covers a wide variety of jobs related to petroleum technology. Jobs typically provide technical support to, and are supervised by, their professional engineer counterparts in a particular discipline. Unlike professional engineering work, technological work is highly specialized and not about broad theories and principles. Technologists design devices and equipment, decide which equipment to use on a project, determine how to use it and supervise its installation and use.

If you have the following skills, interests and abilities, a career as an technologist might be for you:

  • Enjoy math, physics and science.
  • Understand basic engineering principles.
  • Able to understand and present scientific data.
  • Are detail-oriented.
  • Able to explain things clearly to others both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving ability.
  • Able to work on their own and as part of a team.


Academically, a two- to three-year technical or college diploma in a related discipline from a recognized institution is required for most of these technological jobs. In addition, certifiable standards, as set by recognized Canadian technological associations, must be met.

Individuals may be granted certification by provincial associations of Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Typical certifications include:

  • Certified Technician (CTech)
  • Certified Technologist (C.E.T.)
  • Registered Engineering Technologist (R.E.T.)
  • Registered Professional Technologist - Engineering (R.P.T. (Eng))

Credentials are transferable across Canada since all provinces use the same national standards for certification. The designations are now recognized under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), making mobility between Canada and the U.S. possible. In many cases, certified members may also transfer credentials overseas.

Career paths

Entry into this job family may be made at a junior or training level without any previous experience. Advancement to more senior levels of work is based on attaining work experience and competencies.

At work

Many of the jobs in this career are based in offices. Some positions, such as mining engineering technologists and surveying technologists, work primarily in the field and sometimes in remote locations.

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 science.
  • Participate in National Technology Week that is held annually during November and offers a host of activities along with interactive and fun resources to explore technical careers.