Career Profiles

Instrumentation Technician (Sr. Measurement Coordinator)



Careers In Oil and Gas Newfoundland and Labrador

Dennis Thomas

Hometown: King’s Point

Company: Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB)

“Industrial Instrumentation is a trade that is exciting, dynamic and very rewarding. It is hard to highlight just one element. It is a well-recognized and very respected trade in the oil & gas industry with a lot of fiscal and personal benefits. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction working in this occupation and industry.”

 

Education

Dennis completed the Industrial Instrumentation program at Cabot College in St. John’s prior to beginning his career. He says that his high school physics, math and metalworking courses were the most applicable to his post-secondary studies (Dennis’ high school used to travel to the Springdale Trade School for a half-day a week course to learn any type of trade when he was in grade 10). Dennis says his interest in working on mechanical equipment and automatic controls helped draw him towards his chosen career. He also recommends involvement in team sports as a way to develop the teamwork and leadership skills needed for this type of career.

 

Lifestyle

Dennis works Monday to Friday 8 am-4:30 pm. He lives close to his place of work, driving just 15 km to commute. There is some travel involved in Dennis’ position. He has been to London (England), Glasgow (Scotland), Albany (New York) and Marseille (France).

 

An Instrumentation Technician is mainly involved in the calibration of various instruments and performs a lot of computer analysis on a daily basis. To work offshore, workers must complete the mandatory Basic Survival Training course (BST). Right now Dennis works in an office environment, but for years he worked in the Newfoundland & Labrador offshore where weather conditions can be harsh. Dennis says the oil and gas industry has workplace hazards, like any industrial occupation, but the oil and gas industry provides top quality training for its employees to prepare them for these hazards.

Dennis’ career began as a first year apprentice doing mostly fieldwork and construction in Alberta. After gaining more experience, he obtained his Journeypersons Certification and became more involved in computers and specialized software. He then began to concentrate on the Flow Measurement field which gave him the opportunity to work in his current position as the Senior Measurement Coordinator for the offshore regulator of Newfoundland & Labrador’s petroleum industry. Dennis loves his current job and plans to continue in this area, but he does have many options available to him as a Consultant in the future.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries for Dennis’ occupation range from $75,000-100,000 per year while career compensation ranges from $80,000-135,000. His employer provides medical and insurance benefits, a good pension plan, and a vacation and holiday package with flexible work hours. Dennis’ employer has also provided him with a wide variety of safety and job specific courses and training. Dennis says in the private industry this type of position is also often entitled to additional bonuses for achieving certain goals, and uplift pay may be offered for working in the offshore area. Dennis feels the oil and gas industry pays higher salaries with more benefits than similar positions in other industries, and that the oil and gas industry usually pays much higher rates than non oil and gas industries with similar amounts of training.