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Chemical Technician and Technologist

About This Career

Chemical Technicians and Technologists help design operations, implement process controls and address equipment corrosion concerns. They also research new products and technologies, as well as environmental and reclamation techniques that help to keep the oil and gas industry on the leading edge.

The typical roles in this occupation include:

  • Process Control Technicians contribute to the design, implementation and improvement of systems required to control temperature, pressure and flow of oil and gas during processing.
  • Corrosion Specialists contribute to the design, implementation and improvement of cathodic protection programs. They investigate corrosion failures and recommend improvements.
  • Laboratory Technicians and Quality Control Technologists conduct chemical analyses on air, water, soil and oil. They ensure quality control on chemical products used by the industry.
  • Chemical Specialists research new and improved products and technologies for oil and gas recovery, surface separation and production or environmental management.

Education: For Chemical Technicians, a one- or two-year post-secondary diploma in chemistry, biochemistry, science or environmental engineering technology is typically required. For Chemical Technologists, a two- or three-year post-secondary diploma in chemistry, biochemistry, science or environmental engineering technology (or a related discipline) is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands, exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Process Control Technician, Operations Process Specialist, Corrosion Specialist, Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Technologist, Chemical Specialist, Laboratory Analyst, Research Technical Assistant, Technical Sales Representative, Cathodic Protection Technician

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Conducting chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids or gaseous materials.
Conducting routine chemical analyses, such as oil analysis and environmental sampling.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Providing and maintaining a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees or teams.
Participating in safety audits and programs, as well as emergency response drills.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Providing support in the development and implementation of new and improved products and technologies.
Providing technical support or assistance to chemists, engineers or operations personnel.
Assisting in validating and improving analytical methods and standard operating procedures.
Responding to field queries, requests and suggestions.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Operating, maintaining, calibrating and troubleshooting laboratory equipment and scientific instruments.
Operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and apparatus.
Documenting/Recording Information
Writing technical reports or preparing graphs and charts to document experimental results.
Compiling records for analytical studies.
Getting Information
Setting up and conducting chemical experiments, tests and analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical and chemical separation techniques and microscopy.
Handling and Moving Objects
Preparing chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized or experimental formulas.
Maintaining, cleaning and sterilizing laboratory instruments and equipment.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
Interpreting the results of tests and analyses.
Communicating finds from compilations of data and technical reports.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
Performing Quality Assurance
Performing quality control testing.
Processing Information
Compiling test and analysis results.
Compiling records of standards, physical properties, calibrations and test data.
Training and Teaching Others
Training new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
Engineering and Technology
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Technician/Technologist-in-Training
  • Certified Technician (CT)
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
  • Technical Specialist
  • Professional Technologist (P. Tech)
  • Qualified Professional (QP)
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma


  • National certification for Chemical Technicians and Technologists is available through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Health and safety training requirements are determined by specific job requirements. General safety requirements may include:
  • In Quebec, membership in a regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist"
  • Certification in chemical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by some employers.