Technology is changing the employment landscape in Canada’s oil patch

Every day technology impacts how we live, play and work. From the office to the field to the customer, technology is helping oil and gas companies operate more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

In many cases, technology assists with the work that employees already do. For example, data analytics is being used to inform production, drilling and business decisions. In some cases, technologies may change or even remove certain tasks – frequently technology is used to eliminate routine, repetitive behaviours – making workers safer.

In the field, companies are using web-based tools to access real-time sensor data from vehicles and equipment. Now equipment can be located anywhere in the world, and workers can monitor and optimize the equipment operations from one, central office. Even drones are assisting with the industry’s surveying and inspection of sites and equipment.

In today’s oil sands operations, it will be increasingly common to see driverless heavy haulers.  And, in the industry offshore, unmanned submersibles are already monitoring equipment and even assisting with inspections.

Across the oil and gas industry, wearable technology and robotics are improving safety-related and mechanical operations.

New and expanding skills are needed to implement, manipulate and maintain these new technologies as well as the data they collect. These include:

  • Data analysis
  • Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Process automation
  • Software and applications development
  • Information technology
  • Systems engineering
  • Digital transformation
  • Organizational development

If a role in the changing oil and gas industry appeals to you, we encourage you to have a look at our Career Explorer tool for the types of jobs in demand, and how your current skills and education match up!

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