Dear Working Wise:
I am interested in working in the oil industry, but I don’t know much about it or anyone who works in the industry. I’m wondering how I can learn more and get a job with an oil company? Signed, Interested in Oil
Alberta’s energy industry has been a key economic driver and employer of choice in our province for over 60 years.
According to the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada (the Council), over 150,000 Albertans work in the energy industry today—more than any other province.
And the future looks bright for those who choose to work in Alberta’s oil patch.
Employment in Canada’s energy industry is expected to grow by at least 10,000 workers over the next three years just as our most experienced workers are beginning to retire.
Energy companies are already experiencing shortages of experienced workers, including engineers and technologists, field supervisors and operators, truck drivers, rig crews, and tradespeople
You can find more information about predicted demand at the Council’s web site: www.petrohrsc.ca.
Those who already know people in the sector tend to be more successful, because they are more likely to understand what the job entails. Many energy workers have to contend with long hours of physical work in the cold, far from home for weeks at a time.
A lot of employers also require job applicants to have their H2S and First Aid certificates, a valid class-five driver’s license, a clean driver’s abstract, and pass a pre-employment physical exam and drug-screening test
Alberta’s energy industry offers a wide variety of occupations and, as you can see, there is some important information you need to know before you start sending out resumés.
Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you choose a career and demonstrate to employers that you understand the industry and the job you are applying for.
First, employer web sites can offer helpful information on energy careers and specific positions that they are recruiting for.
Second, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors runs a web site www.rigtech.ca, which is a great source of information on drilling-crew careers.
Third, the Council’s www.careersinoilandgas.com website is a one-stop resource for job hunters interested in careers in the energy sector.
The Careers in Oil & Gas web site features:
· job-search tips and employer profiles;
· information on the industry, and all of the various sub-sectors;
· career options and their required qualifications;
· videos of different energy sector operations; and
· “day in the life” features to help you understand what the job is really like.
Do your research and you’ll be ready to make the most of the Oil + Gas Services Careers Online Job Fair being held by the Council October 16 – 17, 2012.
This job fair is funded by the Government of Alberta to help Canadian energy services companies recruit: Truck Drivers, Experienced and Entry-level Rig Workers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Welders, and Engineers.
To learn more about this exciting job fair and register, visit www.careersinoilandgas.com/servicescareerfair.
Do you have a work-related question? Send your questions to Working Wise, at email@example.com. Charles Strachey is a manager with Alberta Human Services. This column is provided for general information.