Project Controls Specialist

NOC #11201

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary degree
  • Average salary $65,000 to $138,000

Career profile

Project controls specialists optimize and streamline the various elements required to bring large, integrated energy projects to fruition. These professionals meticulously monitor costs and budgets while developing comprehensive work progression schedules. They serve as central hubs of information, ensuring that project leaders have seamless access to the data necessary for effective management throughout every phase of project development, from its initial conception to successful completion.

Energy sector projects are known for their complexity, significant financial investments, lengthy full-life timeframes and strict regulatory requirements. Project controls specialists ensure that project leaders and corporate executives have seamless access to the data necessary for effective project management from initial concept to successful completion.

Exploration and production, Oil sands, Oil and gas services, Pipelines

In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Participating in project status meetings and developing appropriate reporting mechanisms to ensure appropriate project information is available to all project leadership.
  • Coordinating and consolidating financial and budget information between departments to manage and control overal project cost.
  • Coordinating timelines for completion of various components of defined projects.
  • Developing and maintaining a list of potential risks to projects being developed or undertaken.
  • Collecting, managing, and reporting of project progression and performance data.
  • Conducting post project audits to collect actual data versus estimated data for the purpose of making adjustments to estimating assumptions and processes.
  • Collecting, managing, and reporting of project progression and performance data.
  • Assisting in the resolution of project progression challenges including costs, scheduling and changes between departments.
  • Developing and improving processes and tools to promote efficiencies, manage costs and facilitate project progression.


  • A bachelor’s degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or a related discipline is usually required.
  • A graduate degree in business administration may be required.
  • A degree in Engineering may also be required by certain employers depending on the nature of the role or specific project being developed


Depending on the employer the following certifications may be required:

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Valuator (CV)

Additional Requirements

Depending on the employer proficiency may be required in the following:

  • Primavera P6
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Power BI


  • Minimal or no travel
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Administration
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Application of Engineering Design and Technology
  • Information and Document Management
  • Mathematics
  • Production and Processing
  • Understanding Risk
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Data Entry
  • Interpreting Documents/Plans
  • Writing, Technical Writing, Document Production
  • Managing Finances
  • Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Coordination
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Professional Judgment and Decision Making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Attention to Detail