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Occupation: Well Services Specialist

(Cementing Specialist, Coil Tubing Specialist, Completions Specialist, Drilling Fluids Specialist, Wireline Specialist)

Well Services Specialists are an important part of the drilling and production team.  The duties of well services workers may include:

  • Gathering information about the geology surrounding oil wells and preparing them for oil production.
  • Monitoring and recording mud flows and mixing fluid chemicals and additives required by the well to prevent blowout.
  • Operating and monitoring hydraulic systems to pump chemicals, gases, cement or other material into the well to ensure normal operation.
  • Operating the wireline to lower and retrieve equipment or tools from within the well.

Program: Petroleum Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Institution: College of the North Atlantic (first year offered at Carbonear, Corner Brook, Gander and St. John’s; second and third year at St. John’s 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:

The Petroleum Engineering Technology co-op program prepares graduates for a variety of jobs in the oil & gas industry.  Students gain knowledge and skills to interpret maps and data, operate and maintain equipment, and assist with 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.