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Canada – Job Trends – Petroleum Engineer

Posted on December 30, 2020
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Petroleum Engineer Jobs in Canada

Petroleum engineers perform studies for the discovery, production and exploitation of oil and gas deposits; and are involved in the planning, design, development and supervision of projects for the drilling, completion, testing and supervision of projects for drilling, testing and re-working of oil and gas wells.

They can find employment in petroleum companies, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutes.

Petroleum engineers-NOC 2145

The median wage for this profession is approximately 58 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 58.9 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 31.25 58.65 82.05
Alberta 31.25 58.97 84.13
British Columbia N/A N/A N/A
Manitoba N/A N/A N/A
New Brunswick N/A N/A N/A
Newfoundland and Labrador 30.77 41.35 69.71
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario N/A N/A N/A
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec N/A N/A N/A
Saskatchewan 31.57 40.93 46.05
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

 

Skills required

  • Management skills
    • Co-ordination and organization
    • Supervision
    • Evaluation
  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

Mathematics and Science

  • Earth Sciences (Geosciences)

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for petroleum engineers is undetermined in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Limited
British Columbia Undetermined
Manitoba Undetermined
New Brunswick Undetermined
Newfoundland and Labrador Good
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Quebec Undetermined
Saskatchewan Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.

Professional license requirements

Before you start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Petroleum Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Petroleum Engineer Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Petroleum Engineer Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Petroleum Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Petroleum Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Petroleum Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Petroleum Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Petroleum Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Petroleum Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Petroleum Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Petroleum Engineer Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Petroleum Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Petroleum Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon

 Responsibilities

  • Studies on feasibility assessment for the production of new oil and gas fields
  • Guide and register drilling operations for oil and gas
  • Develop drilling programs, select sites and identify drilling fluids, selection of bits, procedures for drill stem checking, and equipment
  • Guide and track completion and assessment of wells, well monitoring, and well surveys
  • Plan and select artificial lift machinery and equipment and systems for well and surface output, and define programs for corrosion control and treatment of oil or gas
  • To optimize oil and gas recovery, establish requirements for and monitor and supervise well modification and stimulation programs
  • Analysis of data from rock and fluid reservoirs to prepare optimum recovery methods and predict the effectiveness of reservoirs and reserves
  • The design, construction and coordination of subsea well-head and production equipment installation, maintenance and operation
  • Petroleum engineers can specialize in drilling, manufacturing, analysis of reservoirs or subsea activities

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