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82021 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

Contractors and supervisors in oil and gas drilling and services supervise and coordinate the activities in drilling for oil or gas, operating service rigs, or providing oil and gas well services. They are employed by drilling and well service contracting companies and petroleum producing companies. Contractors may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Fracturing supervisor
  • Multi-service operator - oil field services
  • Rig manager
  • Oil field consultant
  • Toolpusher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who drill for oil and gas, operate service rigs or provide oil and gas well services
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments
  • Requisition and procure materials and supplies
  • Ensure appropriate control measures are in place to protect the health and safety of workers
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and safety
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • Review, audit and approve workers’ paperwork and complete proper documentation
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of college or petroleum industry approved training courses is required.
  • Extensive experience in the occupations supervised is required.
  • A two-year college diploma in petroleum engineering technology may be required.
  • Certificates in first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, well control, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) or other safety and technical subjects are required and are obtained by completing short courses.

Additional information

  • There is little mobility for supervisors from well services to well drilling.


  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (22101)
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing (80010)
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (83101)
  • Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators (84101)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations
Major group
82 – Supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Sub-major group
820 – Supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Minor group
8202 – Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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