About This Career
The oil and gas industry uses sophisticated systems to monitor, measure and control oil and gas wells, facilities and pipeline operations. The control and measurement of all 'mission-critical' processes is fundamental to business and environmental performance, economics and safety.
Automation Engineers analyze the automated control requirements of process, electrical, instrument and mechanical equipment to design these systems. Engineers in this specialty design the automated system, choose the appropriate technology and suppliers for the engineering, and manage the system's installation through to completion.
Automation Engineers ensure that systems run smoothly and safely, oil and gas production is maximized, regulatory requirements and internal standards of measurement are compliant, and costs are kept in check.
Education: A post-secondary degree in the areas of computer engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, electromechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related discipline from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is 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: Automation Engineer, Automation Specialist, Controls Systems Engineer, Instrumentation Control Engineer, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Engineer, Distributed Control System (DCS) Engineer, Safety Systems Engineer, Fire and Gas Systems Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Instrumentation Specialist
Mild Physical Activity
High Stress Situations
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- International Society of Automation (ISA) certification is considered an asset.
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- To obtain a licence as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.