Electrical / Instrumentation Coordinator
Name: Scott Rideout
Position: Electrical / Instrumentation Coordinator
Company: Aker Solutions
- Diploma of Electronics Engineering Technology,College of the North Atlantic
- Red Seal Certification – Instrumentation and Control Technician
Location: Onshore – Office Building
Currently Living In: Middle Cove
“At the time I was finishing high school, my father was working on the Hibernia construction project in Bull Arm. I asked his advice on what I should do after high school, and he said there was great demand for instrumentation techs, with the companies having to bring them in from outside the province to complete the work. He wasn’t wrong about the job prospects. Thanks for the wise career advice, Dad!”
Education and Personal Background
Scott works as Electrical/Instrumentation Coordinator with Aker Solutions. He’s been working in this area for over ten years, since he received his Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from College of the North Atlantic.
Since completing his diploma, Scott has continued his education. He has a Professional Technologist designation, which shows he meets the national standard for technologists in the field of instrumentation. He is also a Red Seal-certified journeyperson in the Industrial Instrumentation and Control Technician trade.
Duties and Work Environment
Scott’s work week usually runs Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
He is involved in preparing scope of work documents, meaning he plans out the duties and milestones for construction and commissioning projects offshore.
Scott says one of the most essential skills for him is the ability to interpret engineered drawings. He has to make sure that the tasks required to turn the drawings into structures are feasible. While he mostly works in St. John’s, Scott occasional travels offshore to review work and meet with colleagues.
“Getting to travel offshore from time to time allows us to put a face with a name and that certainly benefits our work. I have worked with people from all over the world – Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, and Mexico to name a few. Everyone has always been willing to help.”
Questions and Answers
Why did you choose a career in oil and gas?
I chose this career for the experience. It’s very fulfilling to work in an industry that is really growing in Newfoundland and Labrador. Knowing the potential in this industry and the number of new discoveries offshore, the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is going to be an exciting place to work for the foreseeable future.
What is the best career advice you have been given?
Ask lots of questions and look at every job in its entirety – not just specific parts. While I was completing my apprenticeship training in Western Canada, the journeyperson I was working with was a great mentor in this regard. Whenever we’d go to a new jobsite, we’d walk through the entire site to ensure there were no health or safety concerns with carrying out the scope of work. Once we were finished our work, he would walk me through again to ensure everything was operating as it should. I try to continue this in every job I take on.
What advice do you have for tradespersons entering the workforce?
Be positive, patient and persistent. I always try to bring a positive attitude to work. I know everyone is busy and doing their best, and some things just take time to do. Also, I like to keep on top of things to ensure the best for the project and the companies involved.