Employment Impacts of Oil and Gas Investment and Activities to 2022Between 2013 and 2022, the industry will sustain an average of 213,000 to 224,400 direct jobs each year in exploration and production, oil and gas services and pipeline operations. In addition, between 413,400 and 505,300 indirect jobs will be sustained each year in: construction manufacturing transportation and warehousing professional, scientific and technical services waste management and remediation services financial, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing Finally, an average of 267,700 to 306,400 jobs each year will also be supported or ‘induced’ in the broader economy, largely through a general increase in consumer spending by direct and indirect workers.**Simply put:for every direct job created within oil and gas industry operations, three jobs are created outside of the industry.
Nine “key job families”A job for everyone!Key job family = A series of related jobs distinguished by levels of knowledge, skills, abilities and other factors. e.g., field workers, operators, trades, technologists and technicians.Employment over the next decade may increase between nine and 20 per cent respectively, with employment levels reaching 213,500 to as much as 233,900 by 2022.
80% office vs 20% on-site (plant, facility – can be remote, but not the same as service field work)Field WorkersDrilling, oilfield servicing and seismic contractors, as well as some pipeline companies, employ Field Workers. The jobs tend to be routine in nature and training is done on-the-job. These occupations provide a good entry point for the industry and assist in the operation of the rig equipment when drilling, completing or maintaining a well. This includes setting up, taking down and servicing the rig equipment, and general clean-up of the rig area, pipeline facilities and/or lease site. They may also assist with reclamation and routine construction work.Careers include:Drilling & Service Rig WorkPipeline TransportationWell ServicesSeismicOperatorsOperators are the largest job family within the upstream petroleum industry. Operator jobs typically involve the specialized operation of control systems and equipment related to plant and facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.Other common work functions for this job family usually include assembly and disassembly of equipment, operating, monitoring, assessing readings, troubleshooting and reacting to variable conditions.Operators are the largest job family within the upstream petroleum industry. Operator jobs typically involve the specialized operation of control systems and equipment related to plant and facilities, heavy equipment, rigs, wells and pipelines.Other common work functions for this job family usually include assembly and disassembly of equipment, operating, monitoring, assessing readings, troubleshooting and reacting to variable conditions.Careers include:Control Centre OperatorsDrilling Rig OperatorsField Production OperatorsHeavy Equipment OperatorsPlant & Facility OperatorsSeismic OperatorsWell Services Operators (Cementing to Production Phases)Well Services Operators (Production and Enhancement Phases)TradesTrades people play a big role in the upstream petroleum industry and are typically involved in the actual execution of the industry's day to day functions or work in maintenance roles where they are involved in all the work necessary to keep facilities and equipment in good repair and reliable working order.Tradespeople are actively involved in the design and fabrication of materials and equipment used in the industry. Operating companies and engineering consulting companies hire tradespeople for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects that build the sophisticated facilities used in onshore, offshore, mining and heavy oil (in-situ) operations.Careers include:Crane OperatorsHeavy Duty Equipment Mechanics/TechniciansIndustrial ElectriciansIndustrial Instrument MechanicsInsulatorsMachinistsMillwrightsRig TechniciansSteamfitters & PipefittersWeldersTechniciansThis group of jobs includes a wide range of positions that provide petroleum-related technical support to technologists and professionals in a related discipline. Work involves the installation, operation, servicing, monitoring, troubleshooting and fixing of equipment used in the upstream petroleum industry.Careers include:Chemical TechniciansElectrical TechniciansGeological, Seismic & Mineral TechniciansMarine TechniciansOil and Gas Transportation ServicesWarehouse TechniciansWell Testing Services SupervisorsTechnologistsThis career option covers a wide variety of jobs related to petroleum technology. Jobs typically provide technical support to, and are supervised by, their professional engineer counterparts in a particular discipline. Unlike professional engineering work, technological work is highly specialized and not about broad theories and principles. Technologists design devices and equipment, decide which equipment to use on a project, determine how to use it and supervise its installation and use.Careers include:Chemical Engineering TechnologistsCivil & Structural Engineering TechnologistsElectrical Engineering TechnologistsEngineering Design & Drafting TechnologistsGeological, Geophysical & Seismic TechnologistsInstrumentation Engineering TechnologistsMechanical Engineering TechnologistsMining Engineering TechnologistsPetroleum Engineering TechnologistsPower Engineering TechnologistsSurveying & Geomatics Technologists
Industry associations:CAGC – Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors;CAODC – Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors; CAPP – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; CEPA – Canadian Energy Pipeline Associations; EPAC – Explorers and Producers Association of Canada; and PSAC – Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
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Enform is the health and safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry. The oil and gas industry created Enform as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to meeting industry’s safety needs. Industry associations:CAGC – Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors;CAODC – Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors; CAPP – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; CEPA – Canadian Energy Pipeline Associations; EPAC – Explorers and Producers Association of Canada; and PSAC – Petroleum Services Association of Canada. Top 5 Courses (by Enrolment): H2S Alive® is Enform’s premier one-day course aimed at workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S), also known as ‘sour gas.’ The primary focus is to create constant awareness with industry approved safety procedures and techniques. The combination of theory briefings coupled with in-class equipment training produces a highly effective and results-orientated approach. Annually over 100,000 workers take H2S Alive® training.Petroleum Safety Training (PST) is specifically designed and tested to meet the demanding requirements of the oil and gas industry. The course is a multimedia program featuring video, audio and interactive lessons, designed to introduce workers to safety in the oil and gas industry. PST is the most popular computer-based course offered at Enform.General Oilfield Driver Improvement (GODI) is Enform’s suite of driving training courses designed to provide oilfield truck drivers with the knowledge to improve their on-road and off-road safe driving behaviors. Driving related incidents are the leading cause of injury and loss in the oil and gas industry. Wildlife Awareness is an online course that promotes safe co-existence with wildlife by providing field workers with basic knowledge for working in remote and wilderness habitats. Well Service Blowout Prevention is intended for service rig operators, service rig managers, wellsite supervisors, field foremen, production foremen and production engineers involved in well killing operations on the service rig.
March 27, 2014
Advisor, Occupational Information & Tools
Petroleum Human Resources Council (a division of ENFORM)
– About the Petroleum HR Council
• Overview of Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry
– How the Petroleum Industry Works
– Current Oil & Gas Workforce
– Career Options
• Oil & Gas Services
• Oil Sands
• Professional Careers
• Labour Market Outlooks: Key Findings and Analysis
– Employment and Hiring Outlook
About the Petroleum HR Council – a division of Enform
The primary resource to address human resource issues in the petroleum industry.
• Proactively seek solutions through collaborative partnerships
• Anticipate the evolving needs of the industry
• A catalyst for change
Key priorities of the Council:
• Labour Market Information (LMI)
• Careers in Oil and Gas
Petroleum HR Council – a division of Enform
Effective April 1, 2013, the Petroleum HR Council became a division of Enform:
Petroleum HR Council’s human resources services
Enform’s safety and training services
One integrated national entity serving Canada’s oil and gas industry
• The safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry
• Represents all six sectors of the industry
• The primary resource and advocate for improving the industry’s safety performance
What is Petroleum?
Natural Gas Oil
When we’re talking about petroleum, we’re talking about natural gas and oil.
Canada’s Oil & Gas Industry
• 3rd largest natural gas producer
• 6th largest crude oil producer (rank increasing with oil sands)
• Employs about 550,000 people in Canada (directly and indirectly)
• Energy is now Canada’s largest export sector (took over from
automobile industry in 2003)
• Industry payments to governments: $18 Billion
• Over 6,000 products we use everyday are made from petroleum
• Long history: first well in Canada was in 1858
Oil & Gas in Canada
Map: Canadian Centre for Energy Information
How does the Oil & Gas Industry Work?
What kind of careers are there?
Oil & Gas
A Closer Look at Pipelines
Source: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Did you know?
Canada has more than 825,000 kilometres of
pipeline. If laid end to end these could circle the
earth 20 times!
• Environmental Advisor
• Energy Asset Management
• Land Negotiation & Management
• Petroleum Customer Relations
• Regulatory Affairs
What kind of careers are there?
Photos: Spectra Energy & CEPA
• Chemical engineers
• Environmental engineers
• Mechanical engineers
• Petroleum engineers
• Pipeline engineers
• Cost control engineers
• …and more!
What kind of professional careers are there?
• Stakeholder relations
• Public Relations & Communications
• Human Resources
• Environmental Advisors
• Land Negotiation & Management
• Health & Safety
• Inspectors in Public and Environmental
Health & Safety
Supply Chain Occupations
• Logistics, Procurement &
What kind of professional careers are there?
So How Do I Get a Job in Oil and Gas?
Just like preparing for any real job hunt:
• Understand the industry and the different sectors
• Research oil and gas careers
• Get your resume and cover letter ready
• Practice your interviewing skills
• Understand your transferrable skills
• Research companies in advance
• Find companies through oil and gas industry associations (member
listing) or directories
• Be willing to re-locate (do your research first!)
• Network and talk to people that work in oil and gas
• Follow industry and business news for significant energy projects