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Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians

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NOC:2212
Occupation:Geological and Minerals Technologists and Technicians
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in the fields of oil and gas exploration and production, geophysics, petroleum engineering, geology, mining and mining engineering, mineralogy, extractive and physical metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and environmental protection. Geological technologists conduct or direct geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys; exploratory drilling; well logging; or underground mine survey programs. They are employed by petroleum and mining companies, consulting geology and engineering firms, and by governments and educational institutions as well as by a variety of manufacturing, construction and utilities companies.

Job duties:
Geological and mineral technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Conduct or direct geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
  • Configure, operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps and cross sections.
  • Prepare, transcribe or analyze seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data.
  • Assist engineers and geologists in the evaluation and analysis of petroleum and mineral reservoirs.
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of rock, mineral or metal samples and perform physical and chemical laboratory tests.
  • Conduct or assist in environmental audits, in the design of measures to minimize undesirable environmental effects of new or expanded mining and oil and gas operations, and in the development of waste management and other related environmental protection procedures.
  • May supervise oil and gas well drilling, well completions and work-overs.
  • May conduct or supervise studies and programs related to mine development, mining methods, mine ventilation, lighting, drainage, and ground control.
  • May assist engineers and metallurgists in specifying material selection, metal treatments or corrosion protection systems.
  • May assist hydrogeologists in evaluating groundwater and well circulation and in report preparation.
  • May develop specifications for heat treatment of metals or for welding, design welding fixtures, troubleshoot welding processes or quality problems and supervise welding projects.
  • May coordinate crew members' activities during seismic tests.
Geological and mineral technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs and in environmental audits and related environmental protection activities.
  • Operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps and cross sections.
  • Assist in preparing, transcribing or analyzing seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data.
  • Assist in the preparation of rock, mineral or metal samples and in conducting physical and chemical laboratory tests.
  • Assist in hydrogeological field and laboratory studies and in preparation of reports.
  • Carry out a limited range of other technical functions in support of geology, geophysics and petroleum and mining engineering.
Sample job titles:
  • geological engineering technician
  • geophysical technologist
  • groundwater technologist
  • hydrological technician
  • marine geoscience technologist
  • metallurgical technologist
  • mineral technician
  • oil geology technologist
  • seismic technician
  • welding technologist
Skills:

The skills and aptitudes for these jobs are as varied as the entrance requirements. You should be interested in science and technology and be able to work with detailed processes, machines, and techniques. Familiarity with computers is necessary for some positions. An aptitude for mathematics and the sciences at the high school level is important. Some of these jobs involve exposure to heat, noise, vibration, fumes, and dust, while other jobs are in a relatively clean laboratory environment.

Job requirements:
  • Geological and mineral technologists usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in geological technology, petroleum technology, petroleum engineering technology, hydrogeology or groundwater technology, mining technology, mining engineering technology, mineralogy, metallurgical technology, or welding technology.
  • Geophysics technologists usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in electronics technology.
  • Geological and mineral technicians usually require completion of a one- to two-year college program in a related field.
  • Certification in geological and mineral technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
Other considerations:

None

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Geological and Minerals Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 55% of Geological and Minerals Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $69,330. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians100xxx
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $23.08
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $64,627
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Geological and Mineral Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time97%94%
Percent self-employed30%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentGeological and Mineral Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%N/A12%$30,581
Northern13%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton22%x13%$32,974
Halifax50%$36,53347%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeGeological and Mineral Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2423%x
25-3426%14%
35-4425%33%
45-5416%32%
55-647%18%
65+3%4%
Median Age4343
GenderGeological and Mineral Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female6%20%
Male94%80%
EducationGeological and Mineral Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High school27.6%$26,31512.1%$35,125
Trades certificate10.3%x6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma17.2%$46,41333.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma6.9%$33,8733.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree31.0%$46,35029.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Doctoratexx1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Chemical Institute of Canada
222 Queen Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V9
Tel: (613) 232-6252
Fax: (613) 232-5862
info@cheminst.ca
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 405
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
Tel: (613) 238-8123
Fax: (613) 238-8822
ccttadm@cctt.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Hydrology and water resources science
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific of study of the occurrence, circulation, distribution, chemical and physical properties, and environmental interaction of surface and subsurface waters, including groundwater. These programs include courses in geophysics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, chemical physics, geomorphology, mathematical modelling, hydrologic analysis, continental water processes, global water balance, and environmental science.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Mining technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation of mines and related mineral processing facilities. These programs include courses in principles of mineral extraction and related geology, mineral field mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, assay analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance, mine environment and safety monitoring procedures, mine inspection procedures, and report preparation.
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Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Program Name:Petroleum engineering
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for locating, extracting, processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas, including prospecting instruments and equipment, mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems, and related environmental and safety systems.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Petroleum technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities. These programs include courses in principles of petroleum extraction and related geology, petroleum field mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, laboratory analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance, environment and safety monitoring procedures for oil/gas fields and facilities, facility inspection procedures, and report preparation.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Additional resources:

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