- Exploration and production
- Oil sands
- Oil and Gas Services
- Petrochemicals and Refining
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Successful operation of oil and gas production requires the reliable working of large numbers of equipment, machinery, systems and infrastructure. Maintenance/Reliability Engineers play a key role in supporting safe operations and ensuring the integrity of assets by ensuring that machinery and equipment run smoothly and reliably. They are responsible for overseeing the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery, equipment, mechanical systems and infrastructures. A primary objective is to always seek operational efficiency while safely meeting production requirements.
Maintenance/Reliability Engineers typically work within larger teams. They may lead and oversee work done by the maintenance/asset integrity departments or specialize in areas such as maintenance turn arounds, pipelines or processing facilities.
In this occupation, activities may include:
- Leading and supporting root cause analysis (RCA) investigations, and complete reports and recommendations on preventative measures.
- Establishing maintenance strategies and availability trends for various types of equipment and safety systems.
- Performing equipment reliability analysis to identify main drivers of equipment downtime and leading the process to determine cost effective solutions.
- Investigating equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.
- Supervising technicians, technologists and other engineers by reviewing and approving designs, calculations and cost estimates.
- Maintaining plans and procedures to ensure technical specifications’ compliance to applicable codes, standards, regulations and best industry practice.
- A bachelor's degree in mechanical chemical engineering or in a related engineering discipline is typically required.
- A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be 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.
Depending on the company and responsibilities, typical requirements may include:
- Familiarity with API, ASME, NACE, CSA and other relevant codes and standards, as well as jurisdictional and legal requirements for pressure equipment
- Experience with incident investigation and root cause failure analysis (RCA/RCFA)
- Specific health and safety certifications may be required, determined by location of work and company requirements
- Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) designation may be required.
- Design Creation
- Application of Engineering Design and Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Production and Processing
- Understanding Risk
- Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety
- Cost Benefit Analysis
- Preventative Maintenance
- Managing Material Resources
- Operations Design Analysis
- Systems Evaluation and Analysis
- Technology Design
- Professional Judgment and Decision Making
- Planning and Organizing
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Waste management and remediation services
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