- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Post-secondary diploma
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Your project knowledge is all about the regulatory requirements. You help make oil or gas projects happen by ensuring that every possible regulatory requirement is considered and addressed all the while demonstrating the project’s greater benefits to a community.
Regulatory Affairs Professionals assist in the development and implementation of corporate regulatory strategy and policy, and provide support for the resolution of issues within regulatory parameters. They coordinate and document internal regulatory processes, such as internal audits, inspections, license renewals and registrations.
- Regulatory Permit Coordinators assist with permit applications, implementing permit approvals and maintaining compliance with permits. They also ensure that contractors have accurate and complete plans in place to obtain permits and approvals.
- Regulatory Specialists typically focus on regulatory compliance at a strategic level while supporting complicated projects with a large number of stakeholders involved.
- Regulatory Leads liaise with regulators such as the National Energy Board (NEB) and provincial regulatory agencies.
- Legal Counsel provides advice and guidance on regulatory issues affecting the company’s assets.
- Inspectors for Regulatory Compliance work with regulators to conduct inspections of oil and gas wells during operations, well servicing, well abandonment and enhanced oil recovery, as well as facilities and pipelines, in order to ensure compliance.
When you start in this occupation activities may include:
- Analyzing complaints and making recommendations regarding their reportability
- Coordinating the preparation and submission of documents, reports and regulatory applications in compliance with applicable regulatory rules of practice and procedures
- Recording permits against the established tracking process * Responding to emergencies as required and assuming the lead role during emergency response activities
As you advance in this career, you may take on additional tasks including:
- Providing direction in relation to the company's compliance with applicable federal, provincial and municipal regulatory laws
- Recommending regulatory strategies for projects that require National Energy Board (NEB) or provincial agency approval
- Advising on regulatory issues regarding facilities, public and Indigenous consultations, land acquisition, environmental matters, tolls and tariffs
- A post-secondary diploma or degree or trades certification in a relevant field, along with significant technical knowledge and experience, is required for most roles. Depending on the focus, the required education could include petroleum, chemical, mechanical and materials/metallurgical engineering, welding, electrical/instrumentation, power engineering or non-destructive testing.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Certifications are available through the American Petroleum Institute (API), Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB), American Welding Society (AWS) and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
- Certificates of competency for in-service boiler and pressure vessel inspector Non-destructive testing certification Welding inspector certification Coating inspector certification
Communication is key. Your job is to help others change their practices and processes, even if under time constraints.
- Law and government
- Public safety and security
- Critical thinking
- Quality control analysis
- Analyzing systems
- Production and processing
- Evaluating systems
- Complex problem solving
- Persuading others
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
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