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Canada – Job Trends – Petroleum Engineer

Posted on December 30, 2020
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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

A petroleum engineer in Canada usually earns somewhere between CAD 31.25/hour and CAD 82.05/hour.

The median wage for this profession is approximately CAD 58.65/hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 58.97 per hour.

Hourly wages
Province/territory Low Median High
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 N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2145 in Canada

Generally, the following will be required for working in Canada as a petroleum engineer –

Skills Analysis ·         Analyzing information

·         Planning

·         Projecting outcomes

Communication ·         Advising and consulting

·         Professional communicating

Management ·         Co-ordinating and organizing

·         Evaluating

·         Supervising

Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Installing and Setting-Up Technical Infrastructure
Knowledge Engineering and Technology ·         Design

·         Engineering and applied technologies

·         Mechanics and machinery

Law and Public Safety Public Safety and Security
Manufacturing and Production Processing and Production
Mathematics and Science Earth Sciences (Geosciences)
Essential skills Reading
Document use
Oral communication
Digital technology
Other essential skills Working with others
Continuous learning

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

Job prospects Location in Canada
Good ·         Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Saskatchewan

Fair  Ontario
Limited Alberta
Undetermined ·         British Columbia

·         Manitoba

·         New Brunswick

·         Northwest Territories

·         Nova Scotia

·         Nunavut

·         Prince Edward Island

·         Quebec

·         Yukon

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.

As NOC 2145 comes under “regulated occupations”, proper certification from a regulatory authority in Canada will be required before commencing to work in Canada as a chemical engineer.

The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per the province or territory that the individual intends working in Canada in.

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


  • 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

How to immigrate to Canada as a petroleum engineer?

Petroleum engineer is an eligible occupation under Canada’s FSWP. They can get a PR visa through Express Entry.

With 80 immigration pathways available, the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada also offers many streams for a skilled worker.

Applicants will have to get their skills and their experience and qualifications assessed by a professional body.

Candidates can always immigrate to Canada even if they don’t have a job offer if they have a good CRS score and a Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa. Receiving a job offer, on the other hand, would increase a person’s score by 200 points, allowing them to enter the country more easily.

The majority of Petroleum Engineering-related jobs in Canada are situated in Alberta. Other prospects are emerging in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia, among others.

Petroleum Engineer jobs

  • Petroleum Engineers generally work in private industries which focus on coordinating and monitoring activities relating to the operation of various facilities within the different sectors.
  • They can also work as Drilling Engineers concentrating on well-drilling techniques and equipment related to drilling and well construction.
  • Reservoir engineers participate in explorations and provide essential advice on reservoir capacities and acceptable locations.
  • Production engineers are responsible for establishing and monitoring production processes as well as implementing safer and more advanced technology.

Job titles

Petroleum engineers are typically employed in jobs involving mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, as well as architectural, engineering, and design services.

People may be given full-time or part-time jobs.

Job titles for petroleum engineers are:

  • Chief petroleum engineer
  • Drilling and recovery chief engineer
  • Drilling and recovery petroleum engineer
  • Exploitation engineer – oil and gas
  • Exploitation engineer – petroleum
  • Mud engineer
  • Mud engineer – petroleum drilling
  • Natural gas engineer
  • Offshore drilling engineer
  • Offshore drilling rig subsea equipment engineer
  • Oil and gas drilling engineer
  • Oil and gas production engineer
  • Oil well logging engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Petroleum production engineer
  • Petroleum reservoir engineer
  • Petroleum well completion engineer
  • Subsea engineer
  • Well logging engineer

There is a good demand for petroleum engineers in Canada.

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