GAS & PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY
you oil your bike chain or skateboard bearings, or put a quart of
10-40W in the family car, do you wonder where the oil comes from?
A gas and petroleum technologist not only knows where it comes from,
but also is involved in many of the technical activities that go
into its production.
As a gas and petroleum technologist, you could specialize in gas
and petroleum, geological or geophysical studies, exploration and
production, or transmission and distribution. Your knowledge and
training would be applied to petroleum drilling, production procedures,
formation evaluation and reservoir engineering.
You might be involved in sizing equipment and setting procedures
necessary for the production of oil and gas, or calculating and
compiling production statistics from various tests required for
the evaluation of projects.
Some of the activities you might do as a technologist in
this field are:
- Directing the work required in assembling the mechanical and
electrical testing instruments used at the well-site
- Measuring and recording pressures, temperatures and flow rates
at production facilities
- Analyzing the mud that is extracted through boreholes during
- Calculating the optimum consistency of mud required for different
- Designing well completions (including casing designs, and cementing
volumes and pressures)
- Sizing gas dehydration and hydrate suppression equipment
- Specifying surface equipment (separators, treaters and storage
vessels for gas gathering facilities)
- Specifying artificial lift systems to suit well conditions
- Calculating well deliverability, hydrocarbon reserves (through
volumetric, material balance and decline curve analysis), and
the economic viability of various projects and procedures
- Making recommendations regarding specific techniques for removing
solids and water from the oil or for increasing well production
- Correlating well logs
- Assisting in well stimulations
- Enhancing recovery project design Performing reservoir surveillance
- Submitting reports to government and regulatory agencies
How Much Will You Earn?
How Does the Future Look?
The employment outlook in this occupation is expected to be average
compared to other occupations. The majority of jobs can be found
in Alberta, with some in British Columbia, offshore in the Maritimes
and in the Northwest Territories. Opportunities are also available
How Can You Get Started?
In high school, be sure to take courses in English, chemistry,
physics and mathematics.
What Will You Need?
To pursue this career you should have an aptitude for the sciences,
particularly chemistry, physics and mathematics. You will need
good oral and written communication skills, and you should be
comfortable working alone as well as on a team.
You 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. You should
also be willing to relocate.
Post Secondary Possibilities
Gas & Petroleum
- Programs listed are those accredited by the Applied Science
Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC); check
www.asttbc.org for updates
on accredited programs.
- Check with your career facilitator or counsellor for other
sources of information applicable to education options for this
- Salary figures indicated in the 'How Much Will You Earn?' section
are extracted from ASTTBC's Member Compensation Survey or other
Canadian sources applicable to the specific technology discipline.
These figures are representative only; actual figures will vary
depending on academic training, practical experience, job responsibilities
and location of employment.
- The TechWORKS! web site is an important online resource and
provides links to career information that will be of interest
to students pursuing a career in technology.