Entry Senior

Facility Operations and Maintenance Manager

About This Career

Facility Operations and Maintenance Managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the day-to-day operations of a facility, excluding the pressurized systems which require a Power Engineer license. Their work includes ensuring proper equipment is available and reliable, appropriate Operations and Maintenance (O&M) resources are available to support the facility, personnel are properly trained, and roles and responsibilities have been clearly communicated. They develop and implement Maintenance Management Systems, and ensure Health and Safety programs and protocols are in place.  Health and safety is an important function of this occupation.

Facility Operations and Maintenance Managers must interact with plant personnel, external suppliers and corporate management. Computer applications for customer relationship management, project management, databases and time accounting are primary tools.

Education: Facility Operation Managers typically require completion of a college or university program in a discipline related to facility operation and maintenance. Maintenance Managers require a trades certificate or completion of a college or university program in electrical or mechanical engineering. For both roles, an equivalent combination of technical training and experience in administration or maintenance may also be acceptable. Several years of supervisory experience in facility operations or maintenance are usually required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically 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: Plant Maintenance Superintendent, Head of Facilities Maintenance, Mechanical Services Superintendent, Superintendent Maintenance and Service,  Production Manager, Plant Manager

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Developing and implementing schedules and procedures for safety inspections and preventative maintenance programs.
Implementing plant-wide operations hazard awareness programs.
Applying Information
Implementing the maintenance strategy.
Ensuring the plant and its equipment are at maximum availability for safety and production.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Interfacing with technical services for integrity issues and compliance checks.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Managing and coordinating the efficient and safe daily operation of the plant.
Determining Compliance
Ensuring compliance with Health and Safety policies and guidelines.
Getting Information
Gathering input data and ensuring its accuracy for daily reports.
Thinking Creatively
Developing and implementing check lists and routines for plant equipment.
Planning and Organizing
Production and Processing
Administration and Management
Public Safety and Security
Management of Personnel Resources
Equipment Maintenance
Career Path
  • Examples of potential lateral or progressive career paths:
  • Head of Reliability and Maintenance Planner or Scheduler
  • Planner for Turnarounds, Planner Major Construction Projects, Operations Manager, Operations Superintendent
  • Project Engineer, Engineer
  • Reliability Manager, Head of Operations
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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 facility operations
  • Turnaround Maintenance

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

Working Conditions
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration including regulatory
  • Rail transportation
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Warehousing and storage
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support






Oil and gas services

Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Oil sands

Exploration and production

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • H2S Alive
  • Asbestos safety
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Aerial lift training
  • Respirator fit testing