- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Petrochemicals and Refining
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Civil Engineers sweat the details to make sure that every road, utility corridor, wall and office is laid out, designed, and built exactly as planned.
For oil and gas facilities to exist they must first be built, including having roads, utility corridors and water retainment systems developed. Civil Engineers plan, design, and supervise the construction, maintenance, and decommissioning of a variety of structures and facilities.
Civil Engineers may specialize in areas such as foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying and geomatics or hydraulics and water management.
These engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in a variety of associated areas including management.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Undertaking preliminary analysis, system/layout optimization, energy assessments and project economics to determine the best site development scenario.
- Strategizing to ensure key issues are identified early so that the project development can addresses major technical factors to gain approvals, meet adequate quality and performance requirements and be economic.
- Undertaking foundation and superstructure design for civil structures including wind towers, substations, buildings, bridges, weirs, intakes and dams.
- Preparing engineering designs from conceptual and detailed design through to tender and construction documents.
- A bachelor's degree in civil engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
- Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
- Extensive knowledge of all relevant codes and standards
- Experience with engineering software applications such as SFRAME, STAAD, RISA
- Specific health and safety certifications may be required, determined by location of work and company requirements
Civil Engineers are creative problem-solvers who are also logical. They have a strong understanding of mathematics, science, and construction. They also have strong interpersonal skills and can collaborate with a number of other professionals.
The oil and gas industry is only as strong as the infrastructure it uses to explore, produce and refine. Civil Engineers play a key role in the day-to-day function of each and every facility.
- Design Creation
- Application of Engineering Design and Technology
- Laws and Regulations
- Understanding Risk
- Writing, Technical Writing, Document Production
- Managing Material Resources
- Operations Design Analysis
- Systems Evaluation and Analysis
- Technology Design
- Professional Judgment and Decision Making
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Waste management and remediation services
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Also known as
- Structural Engineer
- Construction Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Professional Engineer
- Site Designer
- Transportation Engineer
- Water Resources Engineer
- Hydraulics Engineer
- Geodetic Engineer
- Geomatics Engineer
- Water Management Engineer
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