About This Career
Mechanical Technicians are responsible for the inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and overhaul of mechanical systems used in the oil and gas industry, such as downhole tools, pumps, generators, motors and turbines. They may also be involved in the design and development of machines, machine components and tools.
Mechanical Technicians have a thorough knowledge of mechanical systems and are able to quickly troubleshoot problems.
Education: A high school diploma is typically required, although some employers prefer completion of a one- or two-year college program in mechanical engineering technology or a trade such as machinist or millwright. Specific training is usually provided on-the-job.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Mechanical Engineering Technician, Design Technician, Pipeline Technician, Field Service Technician, Downhole Tools Technician, Maintenance Technician, Tool Technician
- Static Equipment Technician
- Rotating Equipment Technician
- Vibration Specialist
- Maintenance Coordinator
- Water transportation
- Rail transportation
- Primary metal 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
- Forestry and logging
Technicians and Technologists
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- 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 courses may include:
- Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record