Career Profiles

Instrumentation Technician



NL Oil and Gas Industry Career Profiles

Mark Frost

Hometown: Adeytown

Company: Husky Energy

“Instrumentation in the oil and gas industry is an exciting and ever changing trade which utilizes leading edge technologies to control and measure process conditions in the most accurate, reliable and safest ways possible. I really enjoy the challenges associated with troubleshooting equipment and the gratification that comes from fixing equipment and solving complex problems while trying to contribute to a common goal with my offshore team.”

 

Education

Mark completed the Electronics Engineering Technology (Instrumentation option) program at College of the North Atlantic. He says his high school courses in physics, math, chemistry, language and computer skills were most applicable to his post-secondary studies. Mark’s interest in computers and technology, coupled with his enjoyment of working in a team environment, drew him towards his chosen career.

 

Lifestyle

Mark works offshore on a rotation of 21 days on and 21 days off. He is paid hourly and works 12-hour shifts while offshore. Approximately half of his rotations are day shifts and half are night shifts. Mark lives approximately 15 minutes drive from the heliport where he takes the helicopter flight offshore. He also travels occasionally for training.

 

Mark’s typical duties include installing, testing, troubleshooting and repairing process control and measurement equipment. He is also involved in maintaining and testing fire and gas detection/suppression systems. He works both indoors and outdoors where the weather can be challenging. Mark is well trained to be aware of and work safely around industrial machinery and conditions. He also works from heights, in confined spaces and around working machinery.

Mark began his career as an Instrumentation Apprentice at the Come-by-Chance Oil Refinery and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill. He also worked on major construction and commissioning projects in the oil and gas field such as the Terra Nova FPSO in Bull Arm, the Erik Raude drill rig in Halifax and the SeaRose FPSO in Marystown. He was then hired to do offshore maintenance on the SeaRose. In the future, Mark could be cross-trained to learn other trades or he could move into a lead or supervisory role.

 

Compensation and Benefits

The career salary range for Mark’s type of position is $80,000-120,000 annually. He receives a full benefits package which includes medical, dental, and life/disability insurance, with an additional salary uplift for each day worked offshore. There is also the potential for individual and group performance bonuses. Mark feels that his salary is approximately 20% higher, on average, than others in different industries and 30% higher than others with similar amounts of training.