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8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

Contractors and supervisors in oil and gas drilling and services supervise and co-ordinate 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
  • Well services crew supervisor
  • Oil field consultant
  • Toolpusher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise, co-ordinate 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 co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Requisition and procure materials and supplies
  • 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
  • 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 (2212)
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers (8232)
  • Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators (8412)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
82 – Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Minor group
822 – Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8222.0 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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