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Occupation: Engineering Technologist

(Chemical Process, Civil, Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls, Mechanical, Petroleum)

Program: Engineering Technology

Institution: College of the North Atlantic

  • First year offered at Carbonear, Corner Brook, Gander and St. John’s; second and third year offered at the St. John’s campus
  • Civil Engineering is also available at Corner Brook campus

Duration: Three years (common first year, specialization in years two and three)

Entrance Requirements:

High school graduation with:

  • English 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
  • Mathematics (two from):
  • Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
  • Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
  • Two Science courses:
  • Biology 3201, Physics 3204, Chemistry 3202, or Earth Systems 3209; and
  • Any other science course in level 1, 2 or 3.

Program Description:

Engineering technology diploma programs prepare graduates for a variety of technical roles. The program focuses on problem solving and data analysis, and prepares students for management roles.  In the oil & gas industry, engineering technologists can specialize in one area or work in a variety of fields, including chemical process, civil, electrical, instrumentation, mechanical and petroleum fields.

The following are the relevant Engineering Technology programs at College of the North Atlantic:

Chemical Process Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Chemical process engineering technologists monitor, operate, control and maintain equipment in many different industries, including oil & gas. This program covers safe practices, process operations, chemical engineering principles and regulatory processes, process stream analysis, instrumentation and process control. Graduates of the program work as process operators and technologists in areas such as oil & gas extraction and refining, offshore petroleum production installations and petrochemical industries.

Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Civil engineering technologists focus on the design and construction of infrastructure, like buildings, bridges, airports and roads. In the oil & gas industry, civil engineering technologists design offshore and onshore structures and facilities, test and inspect structural components, develop estimates and manage construction projects.

Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Electrical engineering technologists focus on power systems, control systems and electrical design. In the oil & gas industry, they work with power systems of offshore platforms and drill rigs.

Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Technology

Instrumentation technologists measure, record and control elements of production, such as the level, flow, temperature and pressure of liquids or gases. In the oil & gas industry, they work with many complex process control and measurement systems.

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical engineering technologists design, install, operate and maintain mechanical equipment. In the oil & gas industry, they may be involved in repairing an underwater vehicle or redesigning a pump system on an offshore oil production installation, for example.

Mechanical Engineering Technology (Co-op)

This mechanical engineering technology program focuses on manufacturing.  Students design mechanical components and create engineering drawings through the use of 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software.  Students gain practical experience programming and operating computer numerical control (CNC) and robotic equipment.  In the oil & gas industry, mechanical engineering technologists might work in shipbuilding yards, oil & gas servicing or research.

Petroleum Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Petroleum engineering technologists interpret maps and data, operate and maintain equipment, and assist with many aspects of oil & gas drilling and productivity.  Graduates of this program work in many areas of the petroleum industry, including drilling and well services specialties.


Graduates receive a Diploma of Engineering Technology.

Technologists can register with the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL) as a Professional Technologist (P.Tech).  This designation requires two years of relevant work experience and successful completion of an exam.