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Maintenance Planner

NOC #70012

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary degree
  • Average salary $85,000 to $122,000

Career profile

Maintenance planners develop and implement scheduled and planned maintenance programs for the multitude of components and systems of buildings, equipment, tanks and machines employed in the energy sector. These plans and programs ensure continued safe and efficient operations as well as the maximized production and cost control for the operators.

Exploration and production, Oil sands, Oil and gas services, Pipelines, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Emissions reduction, Contracted and turnaround maintenance, Geothermal, Solar, Wind

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Creating, using and maintaining plant history to develop future maintenance requirements for equipment, forecasting operational impacts and cost projections.
  • Developing specific maintenance plans for various equipment and mechanical resources.
  • Coordinating reports from maintenance technicians and using information to develop system-wide and location and/or equipment maintenance plans.
  • Preparing work plans based on logical sequencing of events and associated tasks.
  • Conducting site inspections to determine maintenance requirements and scopes of work for specific maintenance projects.
  • Identifying parts, materials, tools, external services and resources required to undertake successful preventative maintenance and unscheduled repair work.
  • Developing standard maintenance procedures to adhere to regulatory requirements and equipment standards and company policies.
  • Ensuring the ongoing validity of safety permits for sites and/or equipment.


  • Completion of a university degree in Mechanical Engineering or 2-3 year college diploma program in mechanical or electrical engineering technology are usually required.


  • Certification in mechanical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.


  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on the company and responsibilities, typical requirements may include:
  • Strong skills in and experience using project management and maintenance planning software such as SAP, Maximo and Primavera
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

Nature of work and environment conditions specific to oil and natural include:

  • Minimal or no travel
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Administration
  • Building and Construction
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Application of Engineering Design and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production and Processing
  • Works Safely
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Managing Material Resources
  • Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Coordination
  • Professional Judgment and Decision Making
  • Planning and Organizing