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Energy Drilling, Servicing and Related Labourers

NOC #85111

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education Grade 10
  • Average salary $41,000 to $88,000

Career profile

Labourers undertake a wide variety of tasks across the energy sector. They assist operators with tasks such as inspecting, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining tools, checking, and loading tools and equipment and preparing work sites. These are often entry-level positions and can vary in terms of their responsibilities depending on the sectors, companies, projects, and labour availability. These jobs are often hired by drilling and service companies and require physical strength and stamina, and can include several different specialties:

Oil and gas services, Well site decommissioning

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Following all safety procedures
  • Organizing materials to prepare for use
  • Helping operators and drivers
  • Preparing, checking and loading materials, tools and equipment as required
  • Providing assistance with pre- and post-job operations

More detailed activities are found under each specialty listed above.


  • A high school diploma is preferred by most employers but is not always necessary. Progressive experience is required to move up into more senior positions. Previous experience in entry-level roles and secondary training in an engineering, technology, electronics or mechanics field is an asset for those required to troubleshoot and repair seismic equipment.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Other certifications may be required depending on the specific position


  • A valid driver’s licence and a clean driving record may be required, depending on the company and role
  • Specific classes of licences may be required depending on the specialty

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Work away from home/in camps

You have a strong work ethic.

  • Energetic
  • Stress tolerance
  • Attention to detail
  • Public safety and security knowledge
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Active listening
  • Troubleshooting
  • Operation and control
  • Equipment selection
  • Operation monitoring
  • Service orientation
  • Repairing equipment
  • Quality control analysis
  • Planning and organizing