Vibe Technician

NOC #85111

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education High school diploma
  • Average salary $47,000 to $94,000

Career profile

Vibe technicians are essential to seismic surveying operations as they ensure the proper functioning of a seismic crew’s fleet of vibration equipment by performing required checks, maintenance and repairs on electrical and mechanical support units. They also record all repairs and damages. Vibe technicians ensure daily maintenance is performed and conduct inspections on wireless and vibe data equipment. They are also responsible for the inventory of parts for the vibrating units. They interact with all members of the seismic crew as well as geoscience professionals who analyze the vibe data.

Oil and gas services

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Assisting with crew start-ups, zero time, radio delay adjustments and polarity verifications
  • Monitoring and ensuring minimal down-time of vibrator units through proper inspections and maintenance *Maintaining vibes and auxiliary mechanical equipment
  • Conducting daily inspections on wireless and vibe QC data
  • Managing the vibe workshop and helpers
  • Controlling vibe inventory including parts and equipment-repair tracking


  • The educational requirements for this occupation differ significantly depending on the employer. Certain employers do not require a post-secondary education while others may require at least some electrical/electronics training or engineering background.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Fall protection
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Additional Requirements

  • This occupation often requires demonstration of mechanical aptitude. All positions require some experience working on a seismic crew and/or experience working on heavy equipment.
  • Travel likely required
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Work away from home/in camps

You understand how machines work. You’re are mechanically inclined and have solid troubleshooting skills. You are detail-oriented, and able to keep detailed notes of work completed.

  • Mechanical
  • Computers and electronics
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Repairing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Operation and control
  • Document use
  • Operation monitoring
  • Service orientation
  • Public safety and security