About This Career
Mechanical Engineers provide technical support and quality management in the design, evaluation, procurement, modification and installation of mechanical equipment and systems for oil and gas drilling rigs and facilities. They also provide technical support for the operating and maintenance functions required for the reliable, efficient and safe operation of oil and gas facilities.
Education: A post-secondary degree in mechanical or civil engineering (or a related discipline) from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both 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: Machinery Engineer, Equipment (Fixed, Rotating, Fired, Rig and Mining) Engineer, Piping and Pipe Stress Engineer, Inspection Engineer, Project Engineer, Evaluation Engineer, Plant Engineer, Facility Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Facility Integrity Engineer, Rig Engineer, Design Engineer, Reliability Engineer Field Engineer
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Mild Physical Activity
- Chemical manufacturing
- Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Paper manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Wood product manufacturing
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings
- To obtain a licence as a professional engineer (P.Eng) you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.