- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Think of driverless cars or automatic doors. To you, that’s all in a day’s work in the world of automation engineering – processes and instruments behaving exactly as they should based on electrical signals and mechanical responses. In the oil and gas industry, technology continually evolves, and, increasingly, equipment contains more automated components. That puts your skills to the test.
The oil and gas industry uses sophisticated systems to monitor, measure and control oil and gas wells, facilities and pipeline operations. The control and measurement of all ‘mission-critical’ processes is fundamental to business and environmental performance, economics and safety.
Automation Engineers analyze the automated control requirements of process, electrical, instrument and mechanical equipment to design these systems. Engineers in this specialty design the automated system, choose the appropriate technology and suppliers for the engineering, and manage the system’s installation through to completion.
Automation Engineers ensure that systems run smoothly and safely, oil and gas production is maximized, regulatory requirements and internal standards of measurement are compliant, and costs are kept in check.
Analyzing data or information
- Analyzing the existing development or manufacturing procedures and suggesting improvements.
- Selecting or applying sensors, communication technologies or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing or electronic communication.
- Implementing or testing design solutions.
- Maintaining technical project files.
- Publishing engineering reports documenting design details or qualification test results.
Drafting, laying out and specifying technical devices, parts and equipment
- Creating mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies or finished products.
- Researching, selecting or applying sensors, communication technologies or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing or electronic communication.
Guiding, directing and motivating subordinates
- Overseeing the work of contractors in accordance with project requirements.
Identifying objects, actions and events
- Identifying and selecting materials appropriate for mechatronic system designs.
Interacting with computers
- Creating embedded software design programs.
Providing consultation and advice to others
- Providing consultation on topics such as mechatronics or automated control
- Designing engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks.
- Designing, developing or implementing control circuits or algorithms for electromechanical or pneumatic devices or systems.
- Designing advanced electronic control systems for mechanical systems.
- Designing advanced precision equipment for accurate or controlled applications.
- Upgrading the design of existing devices by adding mechatronic elements.
Training and teaching others
- Providing training on topics such as mechatronics or automated control.
- A post-secondary degree in the areas of computer engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, electromechanical engineering, electrical engineering or a related discipline from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- International Society of Automation (ISA) certification is considered an asset
- To obtain a license 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.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
You’re a problem solver that remains calm in high pressure situations. You come up with creative solutions using skills and knowledge.
- Computers and electronics
- Engineering and technology
- Production and processing
- Critical thinking
- Operations analysis
- Quality control analysis
- Systems analysis
- Systems evaluation
- Judgment and decision making
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
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Also known as
- Automation Engineer
- Automation Specialist
- Controls Systems Engineer
- Instrumentation Control Engineer
- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Engineer
- Distributed Control System (DCS) Engineer
- Safety Systems Engineer
- Fire and Gas Systems Engineer
- Instrumentation Engineer
- Instrumentation Specialist
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