Technical Services Engineer
Jason Brian Norman
Hometown: Churchill Falls / Baie Verte
Company: Q’Max Solutions Inc.
“The oil and gas industry is very dynamic; every day brings a new problem and solution. The career advancement opportunities are self-paced and are everywhere in every discipline. The ability to move around within one organization (both locally and globally) is easy and of course the extra money helps you purchase motorcycles, ATV’s, boats and cottages.”
Jason has a Laboratory Technology diploma from College of the North Atlantic, a Bachelor of Technology degree from Memorial University and a Master of Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). Jason was involved in public speaking in high school and was student council president. He says that his communication skills, sense of humour and inquisitive nature are all natural attributes which drew him towards his chosen career. In high school, Jason says his chemistry, physics and advanced math courses were most applicable to his post-secondary studies.
Jason typically works a 40-hour week but he must be on call 24/7/365, meaning that if there is a problem, it must be addressed right away. Jason currently commutes about 30 minutes from home to his place of work. His work is mostly computer-based, involving presentations, report writing, cost analysis, research & development and laboratory analysis.
His work has taken him to Houston, USA, New Delhi, India and Calgary. Jason’s career path so far has looked like this: He was first hired by MI Swaco as their drilling fluids laboratory technologist and spent one year being mentored by the MI Area Manager. He was then sent to Houston to complete Drilling Fluids Engineering School. After 14 weeks in Houston he worked as a Mud Engineer offshore on a 3-week rotation. Jason then furthered his education by completing the Bachelor of Technology program at MUN. He continued to work offshore for another 5 years before completing a Master of Petroleum Engineering through the University of New South Wales. He was promoted to Project Engineer at Husky and then promoted to Technical Services Engineer.
Jason sees a possible future career as Operations Manager working internationally, possibly in India, Australia or the Middle East.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries for Jason’s occupation range from $70,000-140,000 annually, while career compensation can exceed $200,000 per year. His employer also provides him with RRSP contributions, education allowance, family health and dental benefits and performance bonuses.
He feels his salary is 20-30% higher than that of a similar position in another industry and 20-30% higher than salaries in non oil and gas careers with similar amounts of training. His employer also provides additional training in the areas of computer software, safety, logistics and warehouse management