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Nitrogen Operator

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About This Career

Nitrogen Operators set up, operate and maintain equipment used to generate and supply nitrogen at oil and gas well sites. Nitrogen may be pumped into wells to help stimulate production, test pressure or displace well fluids to assist with cleaning the well, initiate oil or gas flow, and maintain pressure in reservoirs. Nitrogen is used in the drilling, completions, workover and abandonment of wells due to its low density and high pressure characteristics.

Nitrogen Operators must be able to transport equipment to and from the well location, safely rig in and operate the equipment, perform day-to-day inspections, servicing and maintenance of equipment, and complete all required paperwork accurately and on-time. They are required to load and unload nitrogen and know the characteristics of nitrogen and cryogenics.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Basic mechanical skills and heavy hauling or off-road driving experience are assets.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

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Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Assisting in Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and safety meetings.
Documenting/Recording Information
Maintaining a safe work area or job site by following Standard Operating Procedures manuals.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting during the rigging up and down of nitrogen service line equipment on work locations.
Loading nitrogen equipment on trucks at the service center.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Performing pre-job equipment inspections.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Ensuring all nitrogen equipment arrives on location and inspecting it for damage.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating the major equipment used in a nitrogen job.
Performing Administrative Activities
Completing the necessary paperwork related to pre-job inspection.
Performing General Physical Activities
Maintaining general housekeeping on location and at the service center.
Processing Information
Performing basic nitrogen job calculations to audit or verify information.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing post-job and preventative maintenance procedures on nitrogen equipment.
Training and Teaching Others
Mentoring and training Service Operators and Service Assistants.
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Operation and Control
Equipment Maintenance
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Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Truck transportation
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services


8232, 8412

Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness


  • Class 1 driver's licence (with air brake endorsement) and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test