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Well Testing Operator

NOC #83101

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education High school diploma
  • Average salary $65,000 to $129,000

Career profile

Well testing operators use various surface and subsurface tools to evaluate the characteristics of the formations within a wellbore to determine various performance factors such as economic viability or whether there are production issues that need to be addressed. They test for pressure, salinity, flow rate and other production factors. They also interact with members of the drilling crew and supervisors to improve job performance.

Oil and gas services

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Assisting with gathering accurate reliable data throughout the shift
  • Recording surface pressures and gas and liquid rates and determining a well’s production viability
  • Conducting tests and recording data about flow rate, pressure, salinity or other production factors
  • Inspecting well testing equipment such as H2S monitors, ultra-sonic testing equipment or pressure testing equipment
  • Driving trucks with the testing equipment to and from drilling sites


  • There are no specific educational requirements. However, a high school diploma is typically preferred by employers. Industry-approved training courses and previous experience working on a drilling or service rig are considered assets.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • MSDS and understanding MSDS training chemical handling and storage training
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Respirator fit testing


  • Class 5 driver’s licence
  • Travel likely required
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Work away from home/in camps

You bring precise record keeping, good hand-eye coordination and physical strength to the job. You can follow procedures closely. You are also able to work independently or as part of a team.

  • Attention to detail
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Active listening
  • Public safety and security
  • Operation monitoring
  • Equipment selection
  • Operation and control
  • Quality control analysis
  • Complex problem solving
  • Document use