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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.

  • Avg. Salary $91,026.00
  • Avg. Wage $45.61
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 2,600
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Engineering Technologist, Physical Sciences Technician/Technologist, Process Engineering Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Geological and Mineral Technologists (2212.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (C112) 
  • 2011 NOC: Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (2212) 
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Petroleum Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Geological and Mineral Technologists

Interest in precision working to operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment, and to perform physical and chemical tests


Interest in analyzing geophysical and survey data to assist engineers and geologists in the evaluation and analysis of petroleum and mineral reservoirs; may assist engineers and metallurgists in specifying material selection, metal treatments and corrosion protection systems; may assist hydrogeologists in evaluating ground water and well circulation


Interest in supervising prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, geological survey programs and studies, and the preparation and of rock, mineral and metal samples; may supervise oil and gas well drilling, well completions and work-overs and welding projects

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.

Learn More

Updated Dec 19, 2016

In general, petroleum engineering technologists are involved in:

  • geology - constructing subsurface maps and cross-sections from well log data, and supervising geological aspects of wellsite operations
  • well operations - preparing drilling and workover programs, measuring well log information and obtaining core data, supervising drilling and field servicing operations
  • reservoir studies - calculating hydrocarbon reserves, analyzing waterflood performance and other secondary recovery operations, and evaluating economic viability
  • production operations - designing equipment requirements for producing wells and batteries (field stations), planning and conducting fracturing and other stimulation operations, and supervising field production operations
  • regulatory compliance - monitoring compliance with legislated and regulatory requirements
  • occupational health and safety or environmental programs - implementing and monitoring programs.

Technologists may perform a variety of tasks including:

  • measuring and recording pressures, temperatures and flow rates at production facilities
  • calculating well deliverability, hydrocarbon reserves (through volumetric, material balance and decline curve analysis) and the economic viability of various projects and procedures
  • performing reservoir surveillance
  • preparing and implementing drilling and workover programs
  • evaluating land sales or lease expiries
  • evaluating electric and porosity logs for potential hydrocarbon zones
  • determining zones on a well for testing and coring operations
  • analyzing production well tests
  • optimizing well, gathering system and production facility performance
  • directing the work required in assembling the mechanical and electrical testing instruments used at the wellsite
  • designing and supervising mud systems or well completions
  • specifying surface equipment (separators, treaters and storage vessels for gas gathering facilities) or supervising their installation
  • specifying artificial lift systems for different well conditions
  • making recommendations regarding processing techniques and implementing or monitoring chemical and corrosion inhibition programs
  • conducting environmental impact assessments and managing remediation
  • supervising processing facilities
  • directing drilling and well operations
  • specifying pipeline or flowline systems, or supervising their installation
  • submitting progress reports and managing budgets.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Petroleum engineering technologists work at the wellsite, in field offices and in head offices.  At the wellsite, they may be required to work shifts, be on-call and work in remote or isolated locations in all weather conditions. Many field operations run 24 hours a day seven days a week. In offices, they use computers for data compilation and analysis, project management and communications.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Petroleum engineering technologists need:

  • an aptitude for math, chemistry and physics
  • good verbal and written communications skills
  • good organizational skills
  • an interest in and aptitude for working with computers
  • an interest in working in a team environment with other disciplines 
  • the ability to work alone and with a team.

They should enjoy working with tools and instruments at tasks that require precision, analyzing data and finding innovative solutions to problems, and taking charge of situations.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

The minimum educational qualification required to work as a petroleum engineering technologist is a two year diploma of technology related to petroleum engineering.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Petroleum engineering technologists may work in a variety of jobs related to oil and gas production and reservoir analysis. They are employed by:

  • exploration, geological and geophysical companies
  • oil, gas and resource companies
  • engineering consulting firms
  • petroleum service companies
  • government departments and regulatory bodies.

Most major employers are located in western Canada but jobs are available worldwide.

Junior technologists initially may be posted to a field position to acquire relevant experience before moving into an office position. Some technologists start in offices immediately following post-secondary training. Experienced technologists may move into team leadership, supervisory or management positions.

Petroleum engineering technologists 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.

In Alberta, the C112: Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.8% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 41 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Salaries for petroleum engineering technologists vary considerably.

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

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Survey Analysis

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Starting $17.89 $59.13 $33.59 $29.33
Overall $25.65 $73.81 $45.61 $38.00
Top $28.75 $100.62 $57.27 $46.58

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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
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Public Administration

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website:

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Updated Apr 11, 2014. 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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