Entry Senior

Electrical Technician and Technologist

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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

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles 
Providing assistance in developing new electrical workplace safety guidelines.
Documenting and Recording Information 
Noting changes to as-built drawings and ensuring final versions are prepared by the electrical designers and are available in field locations.
Keeping the maintenance log and the preventive maintenance system records up-to-date.
Modifying electrical schematics and electrical drawings for all electronic systems as required.
Drafting, Laying Out and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts and Equipment 
Assisting in the preparation of specifications and reports.
Designing layouts, schematics, diagrams, schedules and installation details.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships 
Building relationships with customers, promoting products and services through customer training and demonstrations, and following up on sales and complaints.
Getting Information
Testing incoming electrical, electro-mechanical and electronic components and assemblies to ensure conformance with product specifications and tolerances.
Handling and Moving Objects 
Installing electronic, electrical, pneumatic and/or mechanical control systems, devices, and ancillary equipment, such as soft start equipment, electrical generators, gas turbine and air compressors, pumps, and valves.
Assembling electrical systems or prototypes using hand tools or measuring instruments.
Identifying Objects, Actions or Events
Identifying opportunities for technical investigations and trials related to new technologies in the areas of instrumentation, industrial process control, automation, remote data acquisition, electrical power and equipment.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Checking and calibrating fire and gas detecting equipment and other warning and alarm systems on board, as per the preventive maintenance schedule.
Interacting with Computers 
Programming process control equipment and system components such as human machine interfaces, software and hardware configuration of PLC systems, variable frequency drives and communication networks.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources 
Working closely with other project staff to coordinate activities and ensure project costs are tracked and controlled.
Maintaining electrical and electronic parts inventory levels.
Performing Administrative Activities 
Procuring major equipment and arranging for electrical permits and inspections.
Preparing reports for all electronic equipment.
Performing Quality Assurance 
Ensuring that emergency shutdown systems are operational at all times.
Ensuring that any electrical deficiencies are corrected and permits are closed out.
Ensuring that equipment is in safe and proper condition at all times.
Ensuring system integrity through backup and restore, and disaster recovery processes and procedures.
Repairing and Maintaining Electrical Equipment
Repairing and performing planned maintenance on assigned electronic, electrical, pneumatic and/or mechanical control systems, devices, and ancillary equipment, such as soft start equipment, electrical generators, gas turbine and air compressors, pumps, valves, etc.
Thinking Creatively
Developing preventative maintenance programs.
Training and Teaching Others 
Providing assistance in training staff on new electrical workplace safety guidelines.
Computers and Electronics
Public Safety and Security
Engineering and Technology
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
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous
    Hazardous Conditions
Transferable Sectors
  • 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
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • 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.