- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Post-secondary diploma
About This Career
As a Geoscience Technician or Technologist, you are the gatekeeper. You store, retrieve, compile, manipulate and display large amounts of oil and gas data. With all this information, geophysicists and geoscientists look to you for the data they need to make decisions. Seismic data, geophysical data, well data, core data – you have it.
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Analyzing and ensuring quality control of information about wells, rock formations, core, topography and other geological data needed for a project.
- Using a wide variety pf surveying and computer equipment to conduct field surveys, record key information and develop detailed maps
- 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
- Preparing, transcribing or analyzing seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data
- 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.
- 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.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- 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
You’re a problem solver, especially when it comes to computer programming and working with different software and data formats. Organized, detail-oriented and comfortable with following procedures and routine, you love the investigative nature of your job.
- Engineering and technology
- Active listening
- Computer use
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking
- Document use
- Monitoring operations
- Judgment and decision making
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
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Also known as
- 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