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Automated Systems Technician and Technologist

Job Overview

If you see drilling automation, driverless trucks or remote sensors in the oil and natural gas industry, you can thank an Automated Systems Technician or Technologist. These types of automated technologies are being used increasingly more often in the oil and natural gas industry to monitor, measure and control oil and natural gas wells, facilities and pipeline operations.

As the energy industry seeks to increase efficiency, safety and environmental performance, automation is becoming increasingly important to monitor, measure and control equipment and operations.

Automation Systems Technicians and Technologists integrate electrical, mechanical and computer systems to control industrial processes. These systems often include mechanical components, sensors, actuators and control systems, and may also include robots. Automation Systems Technologists work with Automation Engineers and other engineering professionals to plan, install and maintain these automated systems. Technicians in this group provide front-line installation and first-line technical support for these same systems.

Common automation used across the industry includes programmable logic controllers (PLC) which control manufacturing processes, remote terminal units (RTU) which are microprocessor controlled electronic devices, supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA), and distributed control systems (DCS) which are computerized control systems for a process or plant. Automation in drilling, driverless truck autonomous haulage systems (AHS) and remote sensing are becoming increasingly common.

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