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NOC 8232 – Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

NOC 8232 – Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

December 26, 2019

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 8232 is for Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

NOC skill type/level: Skill Level B

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Oil and gas well drillers and well servicers require three to six months of formal on-the-job training, college or petroleum industry-approved training courses and four or more years of work experience in subordinate rig crew positions.
  • A college diploma in drilling may be required.
  • Offshore work requires several years of experience in an equivalent position on land.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) and a special oil well operator (boiler) certificate are required.
  • Oil and gas well loggers, testers and related workers require three to six months of formal on-the-job training and several years of experience in subordinate logging and testing positions or on drilling and servicing rigs.
  • Completion of a college program in electronics or engineering technology may be required for open hole well logging.
  • A provincial blaster’s licence, and seismic blaster and oil well blaster certification are required for well perforation services.
  • Trade certification for rig technician is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified rig technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

List of Job Titles for NOC 8232 – Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

  • Assistant driller – offshore drilling rig
  • Assistant driller – oil and gas well drilling
  • Coring operator – oil field services
  • Directional driller – oil and gas drilling
  • Directional drilling operator
  • Directional drilling operator – oil and gas drilling
  • Downhole tool operator
  • Downhole tool operator – oil and gas drilling
  • Drill stem tester
  • Drill stem tester – oil and gas drilling
  • Driller – offshore drilling rig
  • Driller – oil and gas drilling
  • Electric line operator
  • Electric line operator – oil field services
  • E-line operator – oil field services
  • Fishing tool operator – oil field services
  • Gas tester – oil field services
  • Gun perforator – oil field services
  • Hydrocarbon mud logger – oil field services
  • Logging and perforating operator
  • Logging and perforating operator – oil field services
  • Offshore driller – oil and gas
  • Oil well perforator
  • Production testing operator – oil and gas well drilling
  • Rig technician – driller
  • Service rig operator
  • Service rig operator – oil field services
  • Sidewall core sampler – oil field services
  • Slickline operator
  • Slickline operator – oil field services
  • Well puller – oil field services
  • Well testing operator
  • Well testing operator – oil and gas drilling
  • Wireline operator
  • Wireline operator – oil field services
  • Wireline operator trainee
  • Workover rig operator – oil field services
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