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Business and Operations Support (Post-secondary education and industry experience required)

Overview: Business and Operations Support

Business and operations support covers about 65,000 employees in a wide range of occupations that support the various aspects of the petroleum industry's business. These activities include functional service areas such as air transportation, energy asset management, environment, health and safety, surface and sub-surface rights acquisition, administration, management, regulatory affairs and stakeholder relations.

In the next five years, approximately 6,000 job openings within this group may need to be filled to support industry activity and over 10,0000 jobs could be vacated due to retirements. Although not all of the job openings are expected to be filled as a number of companies continue to look for ways to optimize productivity and with some still going through mergers, acquisitions and restructuring, workforce demand is still significant. Purchasing agents and officers including landmen, managers and supervisors, inspectors in public and environmental health and safety as well as various standard functions such as IT, HR, etc. are expected to have the greatest hiring needs. Some of the specialized roles requiring industry-specific knowledge and experience are already experiencing labour shortages which are expected to escalate in 2018 and 2019. 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Administrative Assistant 1241
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Some Overtime Required
Air Transportation 2271, 7231, 7315, 2261
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
Communications Coordinator 1123
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Energy Trader (North America) 1113
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
  • Some Overtime Required
Engineering Manager 0211
  • Field Visits
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
Environmental Advisor 4161
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Facility Operations and Maintenance Manager 0714
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Health and Safety Professional 2263, 3012, 3234
  • Field Visits
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
Human Resources Advisor 1121
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Human Resources Analyst 1121
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety 2263
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Relocation
Joint Venture Representative 1225
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
Land Negotiation and Management 1224, 4211
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Relocation
Land Surveyor (Licensed) 2154
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
Logistics Manager 0113, 0911
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Mineral Land Professional 1225
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
Non-Destructive Tester and Inspection Technician 2261
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Some Overtime Required
Operations and Production Accounting Professional 1111, 1112, 1523
  • Office Based
  • Demanding Deadlines
Purchasing Manager 0113
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Quality Control and Inspection Professional 2261, 2262
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
Regulatory Affairs Professional 2262, 4112
  • Field Visits
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Demanding Deadlines
Stakeholder Relations Professional 1123, 4164
  • Field Visits
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Supply Chain Analyst 1122
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
Surface Land Professional 1225
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Warehouse Technician 1522
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Well and Facility Asset Management Professional 1225, 0714
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Demanding Deadlines

Engineers (Undergraduate degree and designation may be required)

Overview: Engineers

There are close to 10,000 engineers working in all parts of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration, extraction, production and transportation. The common denominator for Engineers is that work typically involves the professional design, construction, operation, maintenance, quality control and optimization of systems critical to the exploration, production, processing and transportation of petroleum.

This job category could see a 7% employment growth in the next five years, or 700 net new jobs. Over 75% of new jobs created will be in petroleum, chemical and mechanical engineers. Between now and 2021, approximately 10% or 1,000 engineers could retire. Many engineers provide industry-specific technical knowledge and skills. With companies looking to implement innovation and technological advancements to further improve efficiencies and productivity, it is assumed companies will be filling some of the job vacancies resulting from retiring engineers. The oil and gas industry is projected to experience labour and skill shortages for this job category in 2018 and 2019. 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Automation Engineer 2133
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • High Stress Situations
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
Chemical Engineers 2134
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
Chemical Process Engineer 2134
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
Civil and Facilities Engineers 2131
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
Computer Engineer 2147
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Office or Field Based
Cost Engineer 2141
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Demanding Deadlines
Electrical and Electronics Engineers 2133
  • Office Based
  • Relocation
Electrical Instrumentation Engineer 2133
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Some Overtime Required
Environmental Engineer 2131
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Geological Engineer 2144, 2112
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
Geomatics Engineer 2131
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Office or Field Based
Marine-related Engineers 2147, 2148
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Variable weather
  • Offshore
  • Relocation
Materials and Metallurgical Engineer 2142
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Office or Field Based
Mechanical Engineer 2132
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
Mining Engineer 2143
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Long Shifts
  • Variable weather
  • Some Overtime Required
Petroleum Engineer 2145
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • High Stress Situations
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Office or Field Based
  • Relocation
Pipeline Engineer 2131, 2134
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations

Field Workers (High school diploma preferred)

Overview: Field Workers

Drilling, oilfield servicing and seismic contractors, as well as some pipeline companies, employ close to 10,000 Field Workers. The jobs tend to be routine in nature and the 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.

In the next five years, 1,000 new workers may need to be hired to support industry growth. In Q1 2017, oil and gas service companies reported experiencing attraction and recruitment challenges for rig workers and in fact, labour shortages are expected for this occupation in the next three years.  Retention problems, particularly high turnover rates, are also prevalent within this job category, which result in increased hiring activity to meet workforce needs.  

 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Drilling and Service Rig Labourer 8615
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Variable weather
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Other Labourers 9613
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Labour intensive
Pipeline Transportation Labourer 7611, 7612
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
Seismic Labourer 8615
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
  • Hazardous Conditions
Swamper 8615
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Vibe Technician 8615
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Well Services Labourer 8615
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Variable weather
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required

Geosciences Professionals (Undergraduate degree and designation may be required)

Overview: Geosciences Professionals

There are currently approximately 3,500 Geoscience Professionals in Canada's oil and gas industry. They complete geological and geophysical work, and require an applied knowledge in geology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to locate, evaluate and economically develop and/or produce mineral, geothermal and oil and gas deposits; to investigate, measure and map seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic forces impacting the earth; and to study, analyze and interpret data relating to seismic forces and other earth processes.

If oil prices and market conditions are more favourable beginning this year, this occupation will see an 11% employment growth - or 400 new job openings between now and 2021. Potentially adding to this challenge is that almost a fifth of the current workforce could retire over the next five years. Labour and skill shortages are forecasted in 2018 and 2019.   

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Geologist 2113
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
Geophysicist 2113
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Relocation
Petroleum Geochemist 2113
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Relocation
Petroleum Geologist 2113
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Some Overtime Required
Wellsite Geologist 2113
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work

Marine and Nautical Services (Specialized training or marine engineering experience required)

Overview: Marine and Nautical Services

Marine and nautical services may work on floating drilling and production facilities, supply and standby vessels, seismic and chase vessels, petroleum product carriers and tankers, and tugs. There are 300 positions currently that are responsible for the transportation of passengers and materials, the stabilization of water-based units and vessels, and the operations, inspection, maintenance and repair of underwater drilling and production facilities.

Labour demand for this job category is directly tied to offshore projects moving into operations as well as an increase in offshore exploration and drilling activities. Although marine-related workforce requirements are relatively small compared to the entire industry, working offshore is not for everyone and job openings could prove difficult to fill. 

 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Engineering Officer 2274
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Offshore
Marine Deck Officer and Crew 2273, 7532
  • High Stress Situations
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Offshore
Marine Engine Room Crew 2274, 7532
  • High Stress Situations
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Offshore
Offshore Oil and Gas Marine Specialist 1525, 7384, 8412, 8615
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Offshore

Operators (High school diploma and experience/training required, post-secondary education preferred)

Overview: Operators

Operators are the largest job category within the upstream petroleum industry, with 60,000 current employees. Operator jobs typically involve the specialized operation of control systems and equipment related to plant and facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.

From 2017 to 2021, 6,600 new workers may need to be hired to fill job openings as a result of increased industry activity. In fact, the top five occupations with the greatest expansion demand fall under this category and include: oil and gas drilling and services operators and supervisors, heavy equipment operators as well as plant, field and pipeline operators. Another 6,800 job vacancies could result from retiring workers. Employers will need to carefully consider whether to fill the roles or transfer the duties and responsibilities to other positions. The implementation of technology, such as automation and digitization, could decrease the workforce requirements for this job category. Labour shortages are already being reported by oil and gas service companies particularly for drillers, truck drivers, fracturing and cementing operators.

 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Bulk Plant Operator 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
Cementing Operator 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Coiled Tubing Operator 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Completions Superintendent 8222
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Control Centre Operator 9232, 9241
  • Office Based
  • Shift Work
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Directional Driller 8232
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Downhole Tool Specialist 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Drilling and Service Rig Operator 8412, 8232 8222
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Drilling Fluids Representative 2145
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Long Shifts
  • Demanding Deadlines
Field Dispatcher 1525
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Shift Work
  • Long Shifts
  • Demanding Deadlines
  • Some Overtime Required
Field Production Operator 8222, 9232
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Fracking and Acidizing Pump Operator 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Heavy Equipment Operator 7302, 7521
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Variable weather
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Specialist 8232
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Nitrogen Operator 8232, 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Oil and Gas Transportation Operator 7511, 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Petroleum Plant and Facility Operator 9232, 9241
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
Power Engineering Technologist and Stationary Steam Engineer 9241
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Power Tong Operator 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
Rig Manager 8222
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Hazardous Conditions
Seismic Operator 8615, 7372, 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Slickline Operator 8232, 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Snubbing Operator 8232, 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Solids Control Technician 8412
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Long Shifts
Wastewater Technician 9243
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
Well Services Operator 8232, 8412, 8222
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required
Well Testing Operator 8232, 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Wireline Operator 8232
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required

Technicians and Technologists (Specialized or technical post-secondary education required)

Overview: Technicians and Technologists

There are over 10,000 Technicians and Technologists in Canada's oil and gas industry who help Engineers with planning, designing and constructing in a related discipline. Technician work involves the installation, operation, servicing, monitoring, troubleshooting and fixing of equipment used in the petroleum industry. Technologists design devices and equipment, decide which equipment to use on a project, determine how to use it and supervise its installation and use.

Innovation and technological advancements have contributed and will continue to drive job growth in this occupational group. From 2017 to 2021, the industry may need to hire 1,200 technologists and technicians due to growth/expansion and an equal number of job openings could result from retiring workers. Job creation within this category will be greatest in power engineering, geological, petroleum and mining. Some occupations in this job category could begin to see labour and skill shortages as early as this year but the majority will experience labour supply/demand gaps in 2018 and 2019. 

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Chemical Technician and Technologist 2211
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Civil Engineering Technologist 2231
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Some Overtime Required
Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians 2231
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Some Overtime Required
Drafting Technologist 2253
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Some Overtime Required
Drafting Technologists and Technicians 2253
  • Office Based
Electrical Technician and Technologist 2241
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
Environmental Technician 2263
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians 2212
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Variable weather
Geoscience Technician and Technologist 2212
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
Industrial Engineering Technologist 2233
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Instrumentation Engineering Technologist 2233, 2241
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Office or Field Based
Land Survey Technologists and Technicians 2254
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Work mobility
  • Labour intensive
  • Relocation
Marine Technicians 2221
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians 2232
  • Office Based
Mechanical Technician 2232
  • Field Visits
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Shop Environment
Surveying and Geomatics Technologist 2254
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
Valve Technician 2232
  • Field Visits
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Well Testing Services Supervisors 8222
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Long Shifts
  • Variable weather
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required

Trades (High school diploma preferred)

Overview: Trades

Tradespeople account for 18,000 employees and play a big role in the upstream petroleum industry. They are typically involved in the actual execution of the industry's day-to-day functions or work in maintenance roles where they are involved in all the work necessary to keep facilities and equipment in good repair and reliable working order. A compulsory trade is one where by law an individual must be certified journeyperson or registered apprentice to do the work of that trade.

Within the next five years, the industry may need to fill 1,400 job openings due to expansion/growth and potentially close to 2,000 due to retirements. Trades are critical to maintaining and optimizing oil and gas operations so companies will carefully consider how to meet workforce needs for this job category which could include transferring duties to other roles. Similar to Operators, the need for trades workers may be reduced with the shift towards automation and digitization. Trades occupations with the greatest number of job openings are heavy-duty equipment mechanics, millwrights, industrial electricians, welders, steamfitters and pipefitters and the majority will see labour and skill shortages in 2018 and 2019. Already, in early 2017, a number of companies reported experiencing difficulty recruiting for electricians, instrumentation technicians and mechanics and millwrights.

Occupations NOC Working Conditions
Boilermaker 7234
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
Carpenter 7271
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
Construction Craft Worker 7611
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
Crane Operator 7371
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
Electrical Powerline and Cable Worker 7244
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic 7312
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Relocation
  • Variable weather
  • Some Overtime Required
Industrial Electrician 7242
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Industrial Technician 2243
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
  • Some Overtime Required
Insulator 7293
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Variable weather
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Relocation
Ironworker 7236
  • Variable Weather
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Working from Heights
Machinist 7231
  • Field Visits
  • Mild Physical Activity
  • Office Based
  • Driving Required
  • Variable Weather
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Long Shifts
Millwright and Industrial Mechanic 7311
  • Remote Locations
  • Active Machinery
  • Shift Work
  • Working from Heights
  • Some Overtime Required
Rig Technician 8232, 8412
  • Field Visits
  • Office Based
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
Steamfitter, Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer 7252
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Long Periods of Standing
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Relocation
  • Some Overtime Required
Welder 7237
  • Field Visits
  • Remote Locations
  • Shift Work
  • Physically Demanding
  • Working from Heights
  • Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Some Overtime Required