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Automation Engineer

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About This Career

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.

Education: 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.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: 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

Work Activities
Evaluating Information
Researching, selecting or applying sensors, communication technologies or control devices for motion control, position sensing, pressure sensing or electronic communication.
Thinking Creatively
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.
Computers and Electronics
Production and Processing
Engineering and Technology
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.)
  • Junior Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Technical Specialist
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Stress
    High Stress Situations
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Utilities
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements


  • To obtain a licence 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.
  • Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
  • Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.