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Geoscience Technician and Technologist

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

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing and ensuring quality control on information about wells, rock formations, core, topography and other geological data needed for a project.
Researching land titles, legal survey plans, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, geographical databases and other relevant information sources to develop detailed survey plans and initial maps.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using a wide variety of surveying and computer equipment including electronic distance measuring instruments, global positioning systems, geographic information systems and digital mapping systems to conduct field surveys, record key information and develop detailed maps.
Determining Compliance
Liaising with an approvals and permitting company to acquire the necessary approvals from the government, regulating bodies and other key stakeholders such as landowners.
Coordinating the formal submission process to obtain necessary government approvals, getting information about restrictions in the area that may affect the seismic program, and obtaining permissions from landowners.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting and reporting any problems arising in the field and working with the geophysicist to determine the best solutions.
Maintaining geological and geophysical databases (e.g., archive, store, organize, update and retrieve seismic data).
Preparing notes, sketches, geological maps and cross sections.
Evaluating Information
Evaluating core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
Ensuring that the seismic data acquisition program is completed according to the geophysicist’s design.
Assisting in hydrogeological field and laboratory studies and in preparation of reports.
Getting Information
Conducting or assisting with environmental audits, the design of measures to minimize the undesirable environmental effects of new or expanded mining and oil and gas operations, and the development of waste management and other related environmental protection procedures.
Participating in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
Collecting samples or cuttings using equipment or hand tools.
Creating photographic recordings of information.
Participating in the selection of a seismic data acquisition contractor to perform work.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring operations in the field by being physically onsite or by hiring someone for that purpose and via daily reports provided by the approvals and permitting company and seismic contractor.
Performing Administrative Activities
Assisting in the preparation of reports for hydrogeological field and laboratory studies.
Providing support in the preparation of presentations and project reports using MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word and other software.
Processing Information
Completing basic data translations.
Collating and ensuring quality control on information about wells, rock formations, core, topography and other geological data needed for a project.
Recording readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas.
Generating digital log data, geological maps, cross sections and illustrations for presentations using various geological software programs.
Preparing, transcribing or analyzing seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data.
Assembling, maintaining or distributing information for library or record systems.
Gathering, transferring and loading information, ensuring seismic data is properly matched to well logs and measurement data.
Displaying and compiling the required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and maps.
Loading, moving and reformatting seismic data using a variety of seismic software programs and in-house databases.
Assisting in preparing, transcribing or analyzing seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data.
Reading and studying reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting.
Generate digital log data, geological maps, cross sections and illustrations for presentations using various geological software programs.
Thinking Creatively
Using geological computer software programs and geographic information systems (GIS) to create projects and files for new wells that are being drilled.
Conducting or directing geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
Planning map content, format and design.
Using sophisticated computer software to create seismic models, “synthetic seismograms” and contour maps of seismic reflectors.
Competencies
Behavioural
Attention to Detail
Knowledge
Engineering and Technology
Foundational
Numeracy
Active Listening
Computer use
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
  • Certified Technician (CT)
  • Professional Technologist (P. Tech)
  • Qualified Professional (QP)
  • Technical Specialist
  • Technician/Technologist-in-Training
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
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Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists

Sectors

Pipelines

Oil and gas services

Oil sands

NOC

2212

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • Post-secondary diploma

Certifications:

  • 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.