About This Career
Facility Operations and Maintenance Managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the day-to-day operations of a facility, excluding the pressurized systems which require a Power Engineer license. Their work includes ensuring proper equipment is available and reliable, appropriate Operations and Maintenance (O&M) resources are available to support the facility, personnel are properly trained, and roles and responsibilities have been clearly communicated. They develop and implement Maintenance Management Systems, and ensure Health and Safety programs and protocols are in place. Health and safety is an important function of this occupation.
Facility Operations and Maintenance Managers must interact with plant personnel, external suppliers and corporate management. Computer applications for customer relationship management, project management, databases and time accounting are primary tools.
Education: Facility Operation Managers typically require completion of a college or university program in a discipline related to facility operation and maintenance. Maintenance Managers require a trades certificate or completion of a college or university program in electrical or mechanical engineering. For both roles, an equivalent combination of technical training and experience in administration or maintenance may also be acceptable. Several years of supervisory experience in facility operations or maintenance are usually required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically 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: Plant Maintenance Superintendent, Head of Facilities Maintenance, Mechanical Services Superintendent, Superintendent Maintenance and Service, Production Manager, Plant Manager
- Examples of potential lateral or progressive career paths:
- Planner for Turnarounds, Planner Major Construction Projects, Operations Manager, Operations Superintendent
- Reliability Manager, Head of Operations
- Head of Reliability and Maintenance Planner or Scheduler
- Project Engineer, Engineer
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG facility operations
- Turnaround Maintenance
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Warehousing and storage
- Rail transportation
- Public administration including regulatory
- Paper manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Respirator fit testing
- H2S Alive
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)