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



Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers engaged 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 by petroleum producing companies. This unit group includes oilfield consultants who may be self-employed.

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

Main Duties

Supervisors in this unit group perform 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.

All Titles

  • assistant offshore drilling rig superintendent
  • assistant platform superintendent
  • assistant superintendent, offshore drilling rig
  • assistant toolpusher – offshore drilling rig
  • consultant – gas well drilling
  • consultant – oil drilling
  • directional drilling consultant – oil and gas
  • field supervisor, oil well servicing
  • foreman/woman, oil and gas well drillingforeman, oil and gas well drilling, forewoman, oil and gas well drilling, oil and gas drilling foreman, oil and gas drilling forewoman
  • foreman/woman, oil and natural gas well servicingforeman, oil and natural gas well servicing, forewoman, oil and natural gas well servicing, oil and natural gas well servicing foreman, oil and natural gas well servicing forewoman
  • fracturing supervisor
  • fracturing supervisor – oil field services
  • multi-service operator – oil field services
  • offshore drilling rig superintendent
  • oil and gas contractor
  • oil and gas drilling foreman/woman
  • oil and natural gas well servicing foreman/woman
  • oil well services field supervisor
  • oilfield consultant
  • oilfield consultant – construction and reclamation
  • oilfield consultant – rig moving
  • oilfield consultant – well completions
  • oilfield consultant – well servicing
  • oilfield consultant – well testing
  • oilfield consultant supervisor
  • oilfield contractor
  • platform superintendent – oil and gas drilling
  • rig manager
  • rig manager – oil and gas drilling
  • supervisor, well services crew – oil field services
  • toolpusher
  • toolpusher – offshore drilling rig
  • toolpusher – oil and gas well
  • well services crew supervisor
  • well services crew supervisor – oil and gas drilling
  • well services crew supervisor – oil field services
  • well site consultant – oil and gas
  • wireline field supervisor – oil field services


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