About This Career
Electrical Technicians and Technologists lay out, build, test, install, troubleshoot and repair electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, control instrumentation, and instrumentation panels, in the oil and gas industry. They usually work under the direction of engineering staff.
Typical roles in this occupation include:
- Electrical Project Technologists coordinate electrical upgrades to facilities, equipment and systems. They oversee the work of electrical engineering and construction contractors by scheduling work, procuring equipment and arranging electrical permits and inspections.
- Electrical Design Technologists develop and analyze 2D and 3D computerized drawings based on sketches, notes, mark-ups and specifications provided by engineers, designers and surveyors. They design layouts, schematics, diagrams, schedules and installation details.
- Electrical Estimators prepare construction cost estimates for electrical materials, labour and equipment based on design drawings, specifications, bids, quotes and business needs.
- Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Programmers program, test and troubleshoot process control equipment and system components. They repair, install, troubleshoot and maintain electronic, electrical, pneumatic and mechanical control systems.
Education: For Electrical Technicians, a one- or two-year post-secondary diploma in electrical or electronics engineering technology is typically required. For Electrical Technologists, a two- or three-year post-secondary diploma in electrical or electronics engineering technology, computer engineering technology, telecommunications technology or an equivalent 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: Electrical Project Coordinator, Electrical Designer, Electronics Engineering Technologist, Electronics Engineering Technician, Design Technologist, Electrical Field Service Technician, Instrumentation Technologist, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician, PLC/SCADA Programmer, Process Control Technologist
- Certified Technician (CT)
- Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
- Technical Specialist
- Professional Technologist (P. Tech)
- Qualified Professional (QP)
Mild Physical Activity
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
- Rail transportation
- Air transportation
- Computer and electronic product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Technicians and Technologists
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Health and safety training requirements will be determined by specific job requirements. General certifications include:
- In Quebec, membership in a regulatory body is required to use the title "Professional Technologist"
- A period of supervised work, usually two years, is required before certification.
- Certification in electrical or electronics 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.