About This Career
Engineering Managers plan, organize and direct the activities required to ensure oil and gas operations are safe, efficient, reliable and in compliance with all established contracts, agreements, policies, laws and regulatory procedures. They make or approve major operating, business, engineering and maintenance decisions.
Engineering Managers mentor, direct and align a team of diversely experienced engineers with the needs and goals of the business. They also guide the team to ensure any proposed engineering solution is efficient and realistic for the business.
Education: A post-secondary degree in engineering is typically required, along with extensive industrial experience that includes supervising others.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Mechanical Engineering Manager/Lead, Electrical/Instrumentation Engineering Manager/Lead, Production Engineering Manager/Lead, Manufacturing Engineering Manager/Lead, Manager, Engineering Research & Development, Project Engineering Manager/Lead
- Facilities Manager
- Field Manager
- Manufacturing Manager
- Operations Manager
- Production Manager
- Project Manager
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- Upstream construction
- LNG operations
The level of experience required is significant, typically requiring 10 to 15 years on major projects, ideally in oil and gas, and at least five of those years on LNG or pipeline projects.
High Stress Situations
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Chemical manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Paper manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Wood product manufacturing
Business and Operations Support
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- H2S Alive
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Other health and safety training requirements are determined by specific job requirements
- Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is usually required.