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Field Heat Treatment Technician

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

  • Avg. Salary $103,238.00
  • Avg. Wage $49.97
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 2,600
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Heat Treater, Stress Reliever

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

45%
45%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Field Heat Treatment Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Geological and Mineral Technicians
NOC code: 2212.2
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment; to assist in preparing rock, mineral and metal samples; and to assist in conducting physical and chemical laboratory tests

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling geophysical and survey data from hydrogeological field and laboratory studies in order to assist with preparation of reports

innovative

Interest in assisting to carry out a limited range of other technical functions in support of geology, geophysics and petroleum and mining engineering

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Heat treating often is called Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) or Stress Relieving. It involves heating work pieces (for example, pipes or vessels) to high temperatures in a controlled manner and maintaining those temperatures for a prescribed time, then cooling work pieces at prescribed rates to achieve the required properties. Field heat treatment technicians may use a variety of heat treatment methods (for example, electrical resistance heating, combustion fuel firing or electrical induction heating). They also may do other heat-related work such as:

  • hydrogen bake outs
  • pre-heating
  • refractory curing
  • heat alignments
  • lower temperature line heating.

In general, field heat treatment technicians:

  • load, assemble, disassemble and maintain heat treating equipment
  • use capacitor discharge units to fasten, secure or weld thermocouples to work pieces
  • install and remove thermal heating pads, electrical resistance heaters, induction coils and insulation
  • distribute and connect secondary power cables to heating elements and thermocouples
  • control and monitor measurement equipment, instruments, digital process controllers and computer operated systems
  • operate portable and mobile control systems, including generators
  • identify, analyze and interpret codes and quality control programs for heat treatment applications
  • interpret isometric, schematics, blue prints, and other drawings relating to piping systems, vessels, and applicable work piece.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Field heat treatment services are typically provided on a contract basis to clients engaged in the construction, maintenance or operation of facilities that have welded structures, piping or vessels (for example, refineries, power plants, fabrication facilities, pipelines, mining and steam assisted gravity drainage operations).

Field heat treatment services are provided throughout the year, often in outdoor environments and sometimes in adverse weather conditions. The work environment may include high noise areas, working at heights, confined spaces, congested work sites, remote locations and/or shop environments.

Hours of work vary from long term scheduled shifts to short notice "call out" projects. Overtime often is required to meet production and start-up deadlines. Depending on the contractor’s workload, extensive travel and extended stays away from home may be required.

Safety precautions are required to reduce the risk of injury. Most work sites and contractors require pre-employment, periodic and/or random drug and alcohol screening.

Heat treatment equipment can be large and bulky. Technicians occasionally must lift items that weight up to 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Field heat treatment technicians need the following characteristics:

  • a safety-conscious attitude
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • physical strength and stamina
  • the ability to work at heights 
  • the ability to work well in a team environment
  • the ability to work with limited supervision and sometimes with limited interaction with others.

 They should enjoy working at a variety of work sites and in varied conditions.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Employers generally prefer to hire applicants who have a high school diploma with a strong background in science, the ability to do trade math, good English verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to read technical documents written at a Grade 12 or higher reading level. A trade or technology certificate in one of the welding, machining, pipe or metalworking trades is an asset but not required. Employers may provide the safety training required for working on industrial sites, working at heights and working with hazardous materials (for example, Industrial First Aid, H2S, Confined Space, CSTS, WHIMMIS, Working at Heights, Fall Protection).

Field heat treatment technician is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is available from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training but is not required to work in Alberta. Applicants for an occupational certificate must have at least 48 months of training and 7,200 hours of work experience. Formal classroom training is available through the Quality Control Council of Canada.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the Field Heat Treatment Technician certification profile.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Field heat treatment technicians work for companies that specialize in providing contract heat treating services. This work is highly specialized and international so there are relatively few people employed in this occupation compared to the number of people employed in associated trades and occupations.

Most heat treating work in Alberta is on high pressure welded piping systems and vessels used for refining, chemical processing or power generation.
Well trained, certified field heat treatment technicians are in high demand.

Applicants who have a valid Alberta trade or occupational certificate, or equivalent, and the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Field heat treatment technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2212: Geological and mineral technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 82% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 5,100 Albertans are employed in the Geological and mineral technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 41 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As field heat treatment technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for field heat treatment technicians. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Most of the industry is subject to wage and benefit agreements negotiated by the Quality Control Council. The negotiated hourly rate for an individual possessing an occupational certificate is $35 to $55 an hour plus pension benefits (2014 estimates). Wage rates are comparable for other field heat treatment technicians.

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2212

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $21.86 $54.00 $40.83 $42.98
Overall $28.04 $58.00 $49.97 $58.00
Top $33.00 $100.96 $68.44 $69.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

45%
45%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

14%
14%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

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2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Primary Resources
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Quality Control Council of Canada website: www.qcccanada.com

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 30, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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