Oil and gas industry jobs
What you need to succeed
There are many career opportunities in the petroleum industry. Over the next while we are featuring some of the career paths available. This issue is all about:
Operator jobs typically involve the specialized operation of control systems and equipment related to plant and facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.
Other common work functions for this job family usually include putting together and taking apart equipment, operating, monitoring, checking readings, solving problems and being able to react to different conditions.
If you have the following skills, interests and abilities, a career as an operator might be for you:
- A willingness to work in remote locations, and/or be able relocate;
- Be comfortable with shift work;
- Like practical, hands-on problem solving;
- Like to work with tools and machinery;
- Are able to follow procedures, routines and standards;
- Able to work with data and detail;
- Prefer doing a variety of tasks.
- Enjoy working alone or being busy all the time.
Sound interesting? Find out more about Operator careers at the Careers in Oil and Gas website.
To work in this area, individuals usually require a high school diploma, combined with on-the-job training and selected technical course work. A post-secondary education in engineering technology (e.g., power, chemical, petroleum or mechanical) can help a person advance in their career. A strong mechanical aptitude, combined with an interest in working with things that are tangible versus theoretical, is crucial for many operator roles.
Some companies offer opportunities for summer help, or helpers and labourers to advance into operator positions based on their job experience, demonstrated performance, interest and potential. Advancement opportunities are possible within a particular career by being moved or promoted through several steps, each with progressively more responsibility and increased pay.
Control centre operators are primarily office-based occupations. Most other positions in this career option require shift or rotational work (two weeks on and one week off-site) and are usually outdoors at production sites, in sometimes remote locations. Opportunities for paid overtime can be very rewarding. Safety-sensitive positions have stringent requirements related to being drug and alcohol free.