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Well Testing Services Supervisor

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

  • Avg. Salary $75,352.00
  • Avg. Wage $35.76
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 22,000
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Gas Well Testing Services Supervisor, Oil and Gas Well Testing Services Supervisor

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

75%
75%
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Well Testing Services Supervisor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Oil and Gas Well Loggers, Testers and Related Workers
NOC code: 8232.2
OBJECTIVE

Interest in controlling the operation of wirelines, unit controls, and equipment and instruments in mobile testing and logging units

METHODICAL

Interest in driving well service and wireline trucks to well sites

innovative

Interest in compiling information to direct the operations of wireline and unit controls to conduct required procedures and tests; may perform limited data interpretation

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

In general, well testing service supervisors: 

  • review and discuss requirements with operations managers and sales or field representatives
  • plan procedures and coordinate any other services or equipment that may be required
  • plan the route and schedule for getting to the well which may involve checking weather conditions or contacting the provincial government for information about potential problems such as detours
  • ensure the crew is aware of and able to drive the route
  • work with others to connect equipment and joints of testing pipe to the well head
  • handle and control the flow of well effluents
  • conduct tests and record data about flow rate, pressure, salinity or other production factors
  • ensure that meters are calibrated on a regular schedule and tests done at appropriate times
  • present test results and costs to customers
  • work with others to disconnect equipment and secure the well head 
  • manage the trip home
  • inspect and maintain well testing equipment such as H2S monitors, ultra sonic testing equipment or pressure testing equipment.

In Alberta, there are five levels in this designated occupation: 

  • Level 1 supervisors work in relatively simple sweet well environments using single stage separation equipment (one separator vessel) where shut-in well pressure is up to 14 MPA (2000 psi). They supervise a crew of 2 and conduct flow testing.
  • Level 2 supervisors operate in the same environments as level 1 supervisors but supervise a crew of up to 6 workers with some on night shift.
  • Level 3 supervisors work in complex environments with additional equipment on site. They may conduct well workovers and completions, or work in hazardous environments where sour gas is present or wells have a shut in pressure up to 34.5 MPA (5000psi).
  • Level 4 supervisors may work in more complex environments with multi-stage separation and other equipment to conduct well testing, workovers and completions. They may work on wells designated as critical sour. 
  • Level 5 supervisors have the highest skill level and extensive well testing experience. They may organize and supervise large well testing projects at multiple sites and work on wells where well pressures are 34.5 MPA (5000 psi) or more.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Well testing services are conducted 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Supervisors generally work a day shift or night shift in conjunction with other services involved in completing or working over a well, and work with their own crews when flow testing. They work primarily outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.

The work environment around drilling and service rigs is sometimes noisy, dirty and hazardous. Supervisors may be required to lift tools and equipment weighing up to 25 kilograms.

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

Well testing services supervisors need the following characteristics:

  • good communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • physical strength and stamina
  • emotional stamina
  • the ability to work well under pressure.

They should enjoy working with equipment and machinery, having clear rules and guidelines for their work, and compiling information to solve problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Well testing service supervisor is not an entry level position. It requires years of experience in well testing (for more information, see the Oil and Gas Well Loggers and Testers occupational profile).

Well testing services supervisor is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is not required but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a level 3, 4 or 5 Alberta Occupational Certificate. An individual does not need to be certified at a lower level to be certified at a higher level. Competencies are assessed by demonstration on the job.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training does not offer a training program for this occupation. Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) offer a 6 level Well Testing Training certificate program by correspondence. The program is self-paced and students are allowed one year to complete each level.

Enform in Calgary and Nisku (near Edmonton) offers training programs for well testing services supervisors. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's licence, H2S Alive certificate and first aid certificate. Some employers will help potential employees obtain the required certificates. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates or people who already have related training or experience.

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 related 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.

Well testing services supervisors are employed by contractors in the oil and gas industry. They usually start in entry level positions and learn on the job to become well testing assistants. Experienced assistants may become supervisors.

Experienced well testing services supervisors may move into sales, data management, safety, training, operations management or consulting positions. Some set up their own well testing service companies. Certified Alberta well testing services supervisors who have the supervisory and management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Well testing services supervisors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 8232: Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers. In Alberta, 82% of people employed in this classification work in the Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction (PDF) industry.

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 Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction industry)
  • 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 22,000 Albertans are employed in the Oil Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 154 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As well testing services supervisors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for well testing services supervisors.

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
Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
NOC code: 8232

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.00 $46.20 $30.87 $30.84
Overall $15.99 $46.20 $35.76 $38.18
Top $21.63 $50.00 $42.40 $46.18

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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.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

75%
75%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

38%
38%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

6%
6%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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

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

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) website: www.caodc.ca

Enform website: www.enform.ca

Petroleum Human Resources (PHR), Careers in Oil and Gas (COG) website: www.careersinoilandgas.com

Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) website: www.psac.ca

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 31, 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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