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Process Engineering Technologist

NOC #93101, #22100

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma

Career profile

Process engineering technologists play a pivotal role in overseeing, analyzing, and optimizing industrial processes within various sectors of the energy industry. They combine technical expertise with problem-solving skills to ensure efficient operations and improve productivity.

They control process start-up, shut-down, perform tests, record data and analyze results to generate production reports for oil and natural gas wells. These technologists typically work in teams and work closely with process engineers or chemical engineers within energy companies.

Oil sands, Exploration & production, Offshore

In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Controlling process start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting.
  • Generating production reports as required.
  • Analyzing, optimizing and calculating economics of well operations and industry projects.
  • Performing tests, recording data, carrying out statistical process control on process operations, and writing production logs.
  • Preparing drilling and workover programs, measuring well log information and obtaining core data, and supervising drilling and field servicing operations
  • Operating electronic or computerized control panels from a central control room to monitor and optimize physical and chemical processes for several processing units


  • Petroleum engineering technologists require completion of a two- to three-year post-secondary program in geological technology, petroleum technology or petroleum engineering technology.


  • Certification in geological and mineral technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • Certification by The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta is available in Alberta


  • Membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title “Professional Technologist.”

Additional Requirements

  • Health and Safety requirements vary by role, and by company but may include:
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Chemistry
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production and Processing
  • Data Entry
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Troubleshooting