Entry Senior

Well Testing Operator

Courtesy of CNRL

About This Career

Well Testing Operators use various surface and subsurface tools to evaluate the characteristics of the formations within a wellbore to determine economic viability.  They test for pressure, salinity, flow rate and other production factors. These operators interact with members of the drilling crew and supervisors to improve job performance. 

Education: There are no specific educational requirements; however, a high school diploma is typically preferred by employers. Industry-approved training courses and previous experience working on a drilling or service rig are considered assets.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles:  Oil Well Services Operator, Gas Well Services Operator, DST Operator, Pressure Tester, Production Testing Operator

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Actively participating in all company safety programs.
Ensuring all safe work practices are followed.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Effectively communicating with the job/shift supervisor and other crew members to ensure job completion on location and in the shop.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Assisting with the organization and working in conjunction with crew members, ensuring efficient performance from rig-in to rig-out.
Getting Information
Assisting with gathering accurate reliable data throughout the shift.
Recording surface pressures and gas and liquid rates and determining a well’s production viability.
Conducting tests and recording data about flow rate, pressure, salinity or other production factors.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting with rig-in and start-up.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Assisting with the preventative and regular maintenance of all testing equipment.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Following all government, industry and company regulations and policies which affect the workplace and the work being carried out.
Judgment and Decision Making
Production and Processing
Public Safety and Security
Quality Control Analysis
Operation Monitoring
Computer use
Career Path
  • Control Room
  • Operator
  • Rig Hand
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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
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services


8232, 8412

Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Class 5 driver’s license

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test