Field Operator

NOC #93101

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education High school diploma

Career profile

Field operators have several responsibilities including monitoring, operating, and maintaining the vast network of pipes, pumps, separators, centrifuges, processing units, compressors, and valves in a variety of energy facilities. These facilities and equipment are often in remote locations and field operators must often travel between multiple locations on a daily basis as part of their regular work.

Exploration and production, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Emissions reduction, Geothermal

In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Operating electronic or computerized control panel from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units.
  • Operating control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure, and to direct product flow rate, according to process schedules.
  • Reading automatic gauges at specified intervals to determine the flow rate of oil into or from tanks, and the amount of oil in tanks.
  • Monitoring process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters to detect and report any possible problems.
  • Operating compressors, pumps and separators.
  • Servicing mechanical equipment (pumps and compressors) devices.


  • High School Diploma is required with some companies requiring a College Diploma in process operation, sciences or a related subject


  • First aid
  • Hydrogen Sulphide Awareness
  • Blowout Prevention
  • Well Control
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Firefighting or other safety and technical subjects may be required and are obtained by completing short courses


  • A provincial power engineer licence, compressor operator, steam operator or refrigeration certificate may be required when certain kinds of equipment are included in the process.

Additional Requirements

  • A valid driver’s license is required.

  • Minimal or no travel
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding

You have a strong knowledge of production processes and know how to maximize efficiences. You can interpret documents like instructions, blueprints and reports to get results. You understand and control operations and make adjustments as necessary.

  • Production and Processing
  • Understanding Risk
  • Works Safely
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Mechanical Operation
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation and Control
  • Retrieving data.
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Instructing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Attention to Detail