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Mechanical Technician

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About This Career

Mechanical Technicians are responsible for the inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and overhaul of mechanical systems used in the oil and gas industry, such as downhole tools, pumps, generators, motors and turbines. They may also be involved in the design and development of machines, machine components and tools.
 
Mechanical Technicians have a thorough knowledge of mechanical systems and are able to quickly troubleshoot problems. 

Education: A high school diploma is typically required, although some employers prefer completion of a one- or two-year college program in mechanical engineering technology or a trade such as machinist or millwright. Specific training is usually provided on-the-job.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Mechanical Engineering Technician, Design Technician, Pipeline Technician, Field Service Technician, Downhole Tools Technician, Maintenance Technician, Tool Technician

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modifying or adjusting equipment to meet specifications.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Identifying and preventing potential hazards, and reporting information to the appropriate personnel.
Using and maintaining the required safety equipment (PPE).
Working safely and helping other workers do their job safely.
Participating in regular on-site and off-site safety meetings and training sessions.
Participating in on-site emergency response drills.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Consulting with supervisors or engineers to plan the layout of equipment or to resolve problems in system operation or maintenance.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Setting up and testing equipment to ensure that it functions properly.
Operating drill press, grinders, engine lathe or other machines to modify parts or to fabricate experimental parts for testing.
Calibrating testing instruments and installed or repaired equipment to prescribed specifications.
Documenting/Recording Information
Maintaining equipment logs that record performance problems, repairs, calibrations and tests.
Maintaining logs for all maintenance, repair, replacement and/or overhaul for each piece of equipment.
Getting Information
Setting up and conducting tests of complete units and components under operational conditions to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
Reading dials and meters to determine the amperage, voltage, electrical output and input at specific operating temperatures to analyze parts performance.
Handling and Moving Objects
Installing new or refurbished components using manuals, blueprints and schematics.
Devising, fabricating and assembling new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating and testing repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that the work done meets specifications and safety regulations.
Operating equipment to demonstrate proper use or to analyze malfunctions.
Performing Administrative Activities
Sending defective units to the manufacturer or to a specialized repair shop for repair.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Repairing or adjusting equipment, machines or defective components, replacing worn parts, and returning items to service.
Troubleshooting and repairing problems with oil field equipment in shop and field environments using manuals, blueprints and schematics.
Performing scheduled preventive maintenance tasks, such as checking, cleaning or repairing equipment, to detect and prevent problems.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Examining work orders and conversing with operators to detect equipment problems and to ascertain whether mechanical or human errors contributed to the problems.
Competencies
Leadership
Troubleshooting
Knowledge
Mechanical
Public Safety and Security
Technical
Installation
Equipment Maintenance
Repairing
Career Path
  • Maintenance Coordinator
  • Rotating Equipment Technician
  • Static Equipment Technician
  • Vibration Specialist
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Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists

Sector

Oil and gas services

NOC

2232

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)

Certifications:

  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Other health and safety training requirements to be determined by specific job requirements.

Licensing:

  • Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record