Business Administration

The oil & gas industry includes many important positions that fall into the category of Business Administration.

These positions are mainly located onshore and include Accountants, Communications Advisors, Human Resources Specialists, Policy Advisors and Regulatory Analysts to name a few.

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Drilling and Well Services

Drilling Operation positions are responsible for operating and maintain drilling materials and equipment on the rig.

Workers gain training and qualifications through on-the-job experiences and can then progress to jobs with more responsibilities, and better pay

Well Services Specialists are an important part of the drilling and production team.

Examples of their job duties include monitoring mud flows and mixing fluid chemicals required by the well, and operating hydraulic systems to pump chemicals or cement into the well to ensure normal operations.

Most of these positions are located offshore and as with all offshore jobs, there are required safety courses that need to be completed to work in this field.

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Engineering and Earth Sciences

Engineers play a critical role in the oil & gas industry, from being involved in design, overseeing large construction projects, and creating drilling and extraction plans that minimize costs and have a low impact on the environment. The industry employs engineers with a wide range of specializations including civil, mechanical, electrical, process, and ocean & naval architecture.

Earth Scientists in the oil & gas industry work closely with engineering and drilling teams to help find oil & gas, implement effective and safe drilling plans, and determine environmental impacts. Examples of positions in this category include Geologists, Petrophysicists, Geochemists and Geophysicists.

Marine

The oil & gas industry requires the services of offshore support vessels that provide supplies, such as goods, tools, equipment and personnel to and from offshore oil platforms. They also conduct anchor handling activities, standby rescue, and towage. These important services would not be possible without skilled marine navigational officers, deck crew, and marine engineers to name a few. The majority of the positions in this category work offshore.

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Skilled Trades

Skilled trade professionals also play a critical role in both onshore and offshore activities within the industry. Important occupations in the industry related to Skilled Trades include:

• Crane Operator, Marine Cook, Scaffolder, Welder and Pipefitter to name a few.

• Most skilled trade professionals working in the industry have completed a 7-12 month training program and are Certified Journeypersons. Many gain valuable experience on-the-job and work their way up to Foreperson, Superintendent and Manager.

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Specialty Services

The career category of Specialty Services covers a wide range of careers and positions that play a vital role in supporting oil & gas operations by providing expert advice and services. They include both onshore and offshore positions. Examples of careers in this category include Ocean Mapping Technicians, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Technicians, Air Transportation, and Health and Medical professionals to name a few.

Technologists

The oil & gas industry employees many graduates of 3 year-engineering technology programs such as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering Technology.

Employees in these areas can work onshore or offshore in the industry.

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