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Alex has worked his way up through the ranks of the oil and gas services sector. Starting at the bottom as a swamper – the “grunt” role on the worksite – Alex has worked his way up to his current role as a fluid services manager – overseeing a large team and equipment fleet.

The key to Alex’s career evolution is simple in theory – start at the bottom, be willing to dig in and do the work, be open to learn and try new roles- and figure out what you want out of the job and set out to get it.

So what makes you a good fit for the oil and gas services sector? Alex says it’s the “ability to want to come to work and learn. Everyday is something different. Come to work with a positive attitude. Be fit for work. Everyday is something new – in 20 plus years it’s never been the same on site every day.”

Listen to Alex’s story as we take a look into Alberta’s oil and gas services sector – to find out what’s changing, what’s coming and why it’s not your grandpa’s energy industry.

The Careers in Energy podcast series, “Not Your Grandpa’s Energy Industry” is your source for knowledge about Canada’s energy industry, labour market, careers and more — with a modern twist. 

Join host, Carol Howes, to explore today’s energy industry in Canada – what’s changing, what’s coming and how it’s no longer your grandpa’s energy industry. Listen to “Not Your Grandpa’s Energy Industry” wherever you enjoy your podcasts and watch more podcast highlights on 

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