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Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer

About This Career

Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers research, design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, instrumentation, controls, components and systems. They oversee the operation of measuring instruments that are used in the design and configuration of automated systems. 

Education: A post-secondary degree in electrical, electronics or instrumentation and controls engineering is typically required.

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

Example titles: Circuits Engineer, Design Engineer, Electrical Controls Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Instrumentation and Electrical Reliability Engineer (I&E Reliability Engineer), Process Instrumentation Engineer, Instrumentation and Control Engineer

Work Activities
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Conferring with engineers and clients to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Supervising and inspecting the installation, modification, testing and operation of electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
Supervising technicians, technologists, programmers, analysts and other engineers.
Performing Administrative Activities
Ensuring that maintenance contracts are in place for instrumentation equipment.
Processing Information
Performing detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction or installation standards and specifications.
Quality Assurance
Defining and inspecting performance measures for control and instrumentation systems to ensure compliance for plant, pipeline and other system performance.
Thinking Creatively
Preparing technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
Designing, implementing, maintaining and improving electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products and systems.
Computers and Electronics
Engineering and Technology
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Career Path
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) designation is usually the first step in becoming a Professional
  • Engineer (P.Eng.)
  • Junior Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Technical Specialist
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
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Posted on Aug 08 2019

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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG export facility construction
  • LNG export facility operations
  • Natural gas pipeline construction

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Road
    Remote Locations
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    Shift Work
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Utilities, including renewables
Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • The following are examples of Health and Safety courses that may be required for this occupation:
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • H2S Alive
  • Fall Protection


  • To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P. Eng.), one must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a Professional Practice exam and have three to 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.