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Contractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and Services

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NOC:8222
Occupation:Oil and Gas Drilling and Services Contractors and Supervisors
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

Nature of work:

Supervisors in this group supervise and coordinate the activities of workers engaged in drilling for oil or gas, operating service rigs, or providing oil and gas well services. They are employed by drilling and well service contracting companies and by petroleum producing companies. Oil field consultants may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who drill for oil and gas, operate service rigs or provide oil and gas well services.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Requisition and procure materials and supplies.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and safety.
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May set up machines and equipment
Sample job titles:
  • assistant offshore drilling rig superintendent
  • oil and gas contractor
  • oil and gas drilling foreman/woman
  • oil and natural gas well servicing foreman/woman
  • oil well services field supervisor
  • oilfield consultant
  • rig manager - oil and gas drilling
  • well services crew supervisor - oil and gas drilling
Skills:

For these jobs, you need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of college or petroleum industry approved training courses is required.
  • A two-year college diploma in petroleum engineering technology may be required.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) or other safety and technical subjects are required and are obtained by completing short courses.
Other considerations:

Supervisory personnel in this group usually have extensive in the job they are supervising. There is little mobility for supervisors from well services to well drilling.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. Oil and Gas Drilling and Services Contractors and Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 27% of Oil and Gas Drilling and Services Contractors and Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $160,778. 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
Contractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and Services155decline sharply-45High
Minimum: $19.83
Median: $31.00
Maximum: $55.86
Minimum: $24,675
Median: $102,909
Maximum: $427,529
Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining14,665Decline slightly910High
Minimum: $10.85
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.88
Minimum: $4,009
Median: $23,520
Maximum: $87,170
Contractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time100%84%
Percent self-employed0%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentContractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and ServicesCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern11%x12%$30,581
Northern19%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton23%x13%$32,974
Halifax40%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeContractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and ServicesCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
15-24xx
25-3423%8%
35-4436%19%
45-5422%42%
55-6412%26%
65+5%4%
Median Age4445
GenderContractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Female6%15%
Male94%85%
EducationContractors and Supervisors in Oil and Gas Drilling and ServicesCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school14.3%x34.0%$14,445
High school22.4%x31.5%$14,229
Trades certificate16.3%x14.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma28.6%x14.3%$21,289
University certificate or diploma4.1%x1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree12.2%x4.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.3%$17,206
Master's degreexx0.4%x
Doctoratexx0.1%$10,708
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxxN/AN/A
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:
Nova Scotia Department of Energy
PO Box 2664
Halifax, NS B3J 3P7
Tel: (902) 424-4575
Fax: (902) 424-0528
enerinfo@novascotia.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503
Enform
5055 - 11th Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8N4
Tel: (800) 667-5557
customerservice@enform.ca
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Suite 1250, 3500 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Westmount, QC H3Z 3C1
Tel: (514) 939-2710
Fax: (514) 939-2714
cim@cim.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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
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