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Mechanical Engineer

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About This Career

Mechanical Engineers provide technical support and quality management in the design, evaluation, procurement, modification and installation of mechanical equipment and systems for oil and gas drilling rigs and facilities. They also provide technical support for the operating and maintenance functions required for the reliable, efficient and safe operation of oil and gas facilities.

Education: A post-secondary degree in mechanical or civil 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 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: Machinery Engineer, Equipment (Fixed, Rotating, Fired, Rig and Mining) Engineer, Piping and Pipe Stress Engineer, Inspection Engineer, Project Engineer, Evaluation Engineer, Plant Engineer, Facility Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Facility Integrity Engineer, Rig Engineer, Design Engineer, Reliability Engineer Field Engineer

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Conducting research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation or performance of equipment, components or systems.
Applying Information
Providing technical support for production equipment and processes.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Providing feedback to design engineers on customer problems or needs.
Determining Compliance
Ensuring plants or units are in compliance with provincial and federal regulatory requirements, applicable codes, standards and regulations during new construction, repairs, turnarounds and maintenance.
Ensuring all designs, procedures and project activities comply with regulatory, safety and environmental policies, procedures and approvals.
Drafting, Laying Out and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts and Equipment
Generating engineering drawings, process flow diagrams and other documentation.
Writing performance requirements for product development or engineering projects.
Assisting drafters in developing the structural design of products using drafting tools or computer-assisted design (CAD) or drafting equipment and software.
Reading and interpreting blueprints, technical drawings, schematics and computer-generated reports.
Specifying system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
Evaluating Information
Evaluating erosion, corrosion and other malfunctions and failures.
Evaluating, installing, operating and maintaining mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet requirements.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services or People
Assessing the suitability of alternative materials.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Reviewing and approving designs.
Quality Assurance
Confering with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions or provide technical information.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Troubleshooting problems with equipment.
Thinking Creatively
Researching and designing mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet requirements.
Attention to Detail
Engineering and Technology
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Asset Integrity and Inspection
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.)
  • Junior Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Technical Specialist
Related Careers
Available Jobs
  • Here are the two most recent postings:

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Posted on Jun 21 2019

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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • 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


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