You bring good vibes to the work site. Specifically, you keep the vibration equipment functioning so companies can conduct seismic surveying in the exploration of oil and gas. Because of your expertise, the equipment effectively bounces sound waves or vibrations off underground rock formations to capture data with recording sensors. This helps determine the location and the size of oil and gas reservoirs under the earth’s surface. If this shakes your interest, you might look into becoming a vibe technician.
A vibe technician’s primary role is to ensure the proper functioning of the seismic crew’s fleet of vibrator energy source systems by performing required checks, maintenance and repairs on electrical and mechanical support units. They also record all repairs and damages. The vibe technician ensures daily maintenance is performed and conducts inspections on wireless and vibe data equipment. They are also responsible for the inventory of parts for the vibrating units. They interact with all members of the seismic crew as well as geoscience professionals who analyze the vibe data.
Transferability information for this occupation is available on the Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers.
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- Sub-sector Oil and gas services
- Environment Primarily outdoor work
- Average Salary $44,000 to $88,000
- Education High school diploma
- Career Demand Growing
In this occupation activities may include:
- Assisting with crew start-ups, zero time, radio delay adjustments and polarity verifications
- Monitoring and ensuring minimal down-time of vibrator units through proper inspections and maintenance *Maintaining vibes and auxiliary mechanical equipment
- Conducting daily inspections on wireless and vibe QC data
- Managing the vibe workshop and helpers
- Controlling vibe inventory including parts and equipment-repair tracking
- The educational requirements for this occupation differ significantly depending on the employer. Certain employers do not require a post-secondary education while others may require at least some electrical/electronics training or engineering background.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Fall protection
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- This occupation often requires demonstration of mechanical aptitude. All positions require some experience working on a seismic crew and/or experience working on heavy equipment.
- Travel likely required
- Shiftwork/variable work hours
- Primarily outdoor work
- Physical work
- Safety-sensitive environment
- Work away from home/in camps
You understand how machines work. You’re are mechanically inclined and have solid troubleshooting skills. You are detail-oriented, and able to keep detailed notes of work completed.
- Computers and electronics
- Equipment maintenance
- Operation and control
- Document use
- Operation monitoring
- Service orientation
- Public safety and security