About This Career
Geoscience Technicians and Technologists store, retrieve, manipulate and display data using software programs. These activities allow them to help process and interpret the geological and geophysical data used by engineers and other geoscientists in order to plan and conduct seismic and geological mapping surveys, drilling and completion programs and simulation studies. They also help in the evaluation of oil and gas reservoir performance.
Education: For Geoscience Technicians, a one- or two-year post-secondary diploma in petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering technology is typically required. For Geoscience Technologists, a two- or three-year post-secondary diploma in petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering technology is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands, exploration and production (E&P), and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Geophysical Technician, Geophysical Technologist, Geological Technician, Geological Technologist, Seismic Technologist, Groundwater Technologist, Petroleum Engineering Technologist, Petroleum Technician, Petrology Technician, Reservoir Engineering Technician, Measurement While Drilling Specialist, Drilling and Completions Technologist, Production Technologist, Exploitation Technologist
- Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
- Certified Technician (CT)
- Professional Technologist (P. Tech)
- Qualified Professional (QP)
- Technical Specialist
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Forestry and logging
- Mining and quarrying
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration including regulatory
Technicians and Technologists
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Certification by provincial associations of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Certification for both Certified Technicians (C.T.) and Certified Technologist (C.E.T.) requires a certain level of experience, three professional references and successful completion of an exam.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Other health and safety training requirements to be determined by specific job requirements.