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Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction Industry

A number of occupational profiles describe work involved in underground and surface mining, and operating oil and gas field properties or providing related services. Following are five lists:

  1. profiles about occupations involved in mining metallic minerals (ores) and non-metallic minerals (except coal), drilling for minerals (other than oil and gas), or poviding mining services on a contract or fee basis
  2. profiles about oil and gas field operations and services
  3. profiles about oil and gas processing and related activities
  4. profiles about occupations related to mining and oil and gas extraction
  5. indirectly related profiles about other types of work required in the mining and oil and gas extraction industry.
Mining Operations

Blasters break up rock and demolish structures by placing and detonating explosives.

Mining Engineer

Mining engineers develop and apply methods of locating, extracting and preparing minerals to be used in manufacturing and energy industries.

Surface Mining Equipment Operator

Surface mining equipment operators use heavy equipment to recover minerals from near the earth's surface in open pit or strip mining operations.

Underground Miner

Underground miners use different types and sizes of equipment to extract minerals from beneath the earth's surface and construct mine tunnels, passageways and shafts.

Oil and Gas Field Operations and Services
Drilling and Service Rig Managers

Oil and gas well drilling and service rig managers supervise large crews of specialized workers on drilling and service rigs.

Drilling Rig Leasehand and Floorhand

Leasehands and floorhands perform general labourer duties on rigs that drill oil and gas wells and case wells with pipe.

Field Production Operator

Field production operators are responsible for the initial separation processes or the special treatment required to ensure that impurities such as water, gas and sediments are removed from oil and gas in the field. Once separated, the oil or gas is transported by pipeline to refineries, gas plants or markets.

Land Agent

Land agents negotiate and acquire interests in land for rights of way for well sites, pipelines, powerlines, coal mines, roadways and other surface uses.

Natural Gas Compression Technician

Natural gas compression technicians install, commission, maintain and repair natural gas compression equipment used to gather, store and transmit natural gas. 

Oil and Gas Transportation Services Occupations

Oil and gas transportation services occupations include bed truck operators, multi-wheel truck operators, bulk haul truck operators, winch tractor operators and supervisors. They transport the equipment and supplies used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.

Oil and Gas Well Loggers and Testers

Oil and gas well loggers and testers operate specialized tools, instruments and equipment to provide services related to oil and gas well drilling, completion and servicing.

Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration and development of oil and gas. They apply the principles of geology, physics, chemistry and engineering sciences to the recovery of petroleum and natural gas from conventional reservoirs and oil sands.

Petroleum Engineering Technologist

Petroleum engineering technologists are responsible for many of the technical activities involved in the production of oil and gas from conventional reserves, as well as from heavy oil and oil sands. Their knowledge and training is applied to petroleum drilling, geology, production procedures, formation evaluation and reservoir engineering.

Rig Technician

Rig technicians operate oil and gas drilling rigs.

Service Rig Personnel
Oil and gas well service rig personnel perform general labourer duties on service rigs and operate specialized equipment to service, complete and abandon wells.
Slickline Operator

Slickline operators raise and lower downhole tools used in the maintenance of oil and gas wells.

Snubbing Services Operators and Supervisors

Snubbing services operators and supervisors insert and remove drill pipe, tubing and specialized equipment into and from oil and gas wells when blowout preventers are closed to contain well pressure.

Surface Mining Equipment Operator

Surface mining equipment operators use heavy equipment to recover minerals from near the earth's surface (open pit or strip mining).

Well Service Equipment Operator

Well service equipment crews are called in at different times during the development of oil and gas wells for specialized oil field service operations such as cementing, acidizing, fracturing or nitrogen injection.

Well Testing Services Supervisor

Well testing services supervisors oversee oil and gas well data collection to determine reservoir deliverability and identify produced fluids.

Wireline Operator

Wireline operators raise and lower special downhole instruments and tools and collect and process data from wireline operations.

Oil and Gas Processing
Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineers conduct research; develop and optimize processes; design and select equipment; and provide technical and management services for plants that convert raw materials into a wide range of end products (for example, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, fuels, plastics, metals).

Chemical Engineering Technologist

Chemical engineering technologists are involved in process design, plant engineering, environmental control, engineering sales and plant operations.

Chemical Technologist

Chemical technologists may work independently or with a team of chemists, chemical engineers and related professionals involved in quality control testing, product research and development, or environmental analysis.


Chemists research the properties, composition and principles of elements and compounds, and apply chemical principles to developing a wide range of products and processes. For example, they may develop new fuels, catalysts, polymers, pharmaceutical products or foods, or work in the oil and gas industry.

Gas Pipeline Operators and Maintenance Workers

Gas pipeline operators and maintenance workers monitor the day to day operations of meter and compressor stations essential to the distribution and smooth flow of gas through pipelines.

Gas Plant Operator

Gas plant operators control automated processes which convert raw natural gas into forms that can be used by consumers.

Gas Utility Operator

Gas utility operators install and service gas utility pipeline systems that transport natural gas from its source to points of use such as building meter sets.

Hazardous Waste Management Technologist

Hazardous waste management technologists provide information and advice on the packaging, handling and disposal of toxic wastes; conduct inspections and waste audits; investigate environmental incidents; and monitor and control the clean-up of contaminated land, water and air.

Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers are responsible for determining the most effective ways for an organization to use its basic resources: people, machines, materials, money and time.

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing engineers design, implement, direct and co-ordinate manufacturing system materials and processes to achieve the most efficient, cost effective and high quality production possible in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Natural Gas Compression Technician

Natural gas compression technicians install, commission, maintain and repair natural gas compression equipment used to gather, store and transmit natural gas. 

Oil Pipeline Control Centre Operator

Oil pipeline control centre operators use sophisticated computerized equipment to monitor and control pipeline activities for large regions (for example, all of Alberta and British Columbia) from one centralized control centre.

Oil Pipeline Operators and Maintenance Workers

Oil pipeline operators and maintenance workers monitor and conduct the day to day operations of oil pipelines and associated facilities.

Refinery and Upgrader Process Operator

Refinery and upgrader process operators are responsible for the day to day operations of oil refineries and upgraders.

Other Profiles Related to Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction
Energy Asset Management ProfessionalEmerging Occupation

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

Energy asset management professionals administer contracts, manage financial transactions and ensure field activity reporting and information sharing comply with laws and regulations.

Exploration Geophysicist

Geophysicists use the principles of physics, mathematics and geology to study the surface and internal composition of the earth. Exploration geophysicists look for oil, natural gas, water and minerals for commercial and environmental projects.

Field Heat Treatment Technician

Field heat treatment technicians set up and perform controlled heat treating to offset the high temperature effects of welding.

Geological and Geophysical Technologist

Geological and geophysical technologists apply their knowledge of the study of the Earth in exploration, production and management. They may work independently or with a team of geologists, geophysicists, mining engineers or petroleum engineers.


Geologists apply their knowledge of the Earth's crust in exploring for minerals and hydrocarbons (for example, oil and gas), developing resources for production, building engineering foundations and stable slopes, and finding and evaluating ground water supplies. 

Geomatics Engineer

Geomatics engineers gather, model, analyze and manage spatially referenced data (information identified according to location).

Geomatics Technologist

Geomatics technologists conduct or participate in field surveys, office calculations and plan production to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and human-made structures on the earth's surface, underground and underwater.

Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers assess the natural foundations for engineering projects that are supported by rock or soil. They plan and supervise geological data acquisition and analysis, and prepare engineering designs, reports and recommendations.


Hydrologists study the occurrence, distribution, circulation and properties of water in the atmosphere, on the Earth's surface, and in soil and underlying rocks.

Hydrometric Technician and Technologist

Hydrometric technicians and technologists may work independently or provide technical support for hydrologists and related scientists and engineers.

Instrument Technician

Instrument technicians install, maintain and repair the measuring and control instruments used in industrial and commercial processing.

Land Surveyor

Land surveyors plan, direct and conduct legal surveys to determine and interpret the location of boundaries, buildings, structures and other natural or human-made features on, over or under the surface of the earth.


Meteorologists study the physics, chemistry and dynamics of the atmosphere and its interaction with land and water surfaces, weather, climate, climate change and their effect on people's health and safety, the economy and the earth's ecosystems.

Non-Destructive Testing Technician

Non-destructive testing technicians conduct tests that provide information about the condition of materials and components without destroying them.

Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

Occupational health and safety advisors facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of workplace safety programs.

Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Occupational health and safety officers visit places of employment to detect unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, and ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing workplace safety.

Oil and Gas Production Accountant

Oil and gas production accountants track and analyze production data, calculate revenue and royalties associated with properties owned by oil companies, and ensure reporting requirements are met.

Power Engineer

Power engineers supervise, operate and maintain machinery and boilers that provide steam, power, heat, refrigeration and other utility services to industrial and commercial facilities.


Sandblasters operate high powered equipment to etch, clean, smooth or shape hard surfaces. For example, they may blast glass, rock or metal with fine abrasive particles.

Seismic Line Cutter

Seismic line cutters cut and remove trees and other vegetation to clear the way for seismic lines, pipelines or power lines.

Seismic Worker

Seismic workers conduct seismic tests in which controlled explosions and vibrations create sound waves in the earth's subsurface while geophysical instruments record the data.

Indirectly Related Profiles

People in the following occupations may work in the oil and gas extraction industry.

Accounting Technician
Administrative Assistant
Automated Systems Technologist
Biological Technician
Bus Driver
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering Technologist
Computer Engineer
Computer Network Administrator
Computer Programmer
Computer Service Technician
Concrete Finisher
Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator
Customer Support Analyst
Customs Broker
Data Administrator
Database Analyst
Drafting Technician
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Technologist
Electronics Engineering Technologist
Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist
Engineering Physicist
Environmental Auditor
Environmental EconomistEmerging Occupation
Environmental Engineer
Financial Analyst
Geomatics Engineer
Geomatics Technologist
Heavy Equipment Operator
Heavy Equipment Technician
Helicopter Pilot
Human Resources Professional
Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor
Industrial Designer
Information Systems Consultant
Information Systems Quality Assurance Analyst
Internal Auditor
Landscape Gardener
Library Technician
Management Consultant
Market Research Analyst
Marketing Manager
Materials Engineer
Materials Engineering Technologist
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Occupational Hygienist
Operations Manager
Operations Research Analyst
Parts Technician
Payroll Administrator
Pollution Control Technologist
Power System Electrician
Property Assessor
Public Relations Representative
Purchasing Agent
Records Management Technician
Sales Representative (Wholesale, Nontechnical)
Scaffold Erector
Security Guard
Software Engineer
Soil Scientist
Sprinkler Systems Installer
Structural Steel and Plate Fitter
Systems Auditor
Systems Security Analyst
Technical Sales Representative
Technical Writer
Traffic Manager
Training and Development Professional
Truck Driver
Water Well Driller
Web Designer

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