About This Career
Cost Engineers provide cost estimates and ensure there are cost controls in place for oil and gas facility construction, production and services. They also aid management in bidding or determining the price of a product or service and provide on-going analysis to ensure costs and schedules are on target.
Education: A post-secondary degree in engineering from an accredited institution and knowledge from within the electrical, mechanical or civil engineering field is required. Other credentials may be acceptable, such as a post-secondary degree in science, technology, mathematics or construction management. This role typically requires extensive experience and exposure to a variety of large capital projects.
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: Project Control Specialist, Cost Analyst, Cost Estimator, Construction Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Coordinator
- Project Engineer
- Cost Analyst
- Cost Estimator
- Project Planner/Scheduler
- Project Coordinator
- Project Manager
- Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
- 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
- Utilities including renewable energy
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP)
- Certified Estimating Professional (CEP)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS)
- Certified Cost Consultant (CCC)
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- 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.