There are a plethora of oil companies in Alberta that are either based out of Fort McMurray or have a divisional office in the area. The prime focus of jobs in Northern Alberta is the tar sands, pipelines and other oil field work. Some of the bigger companies that specialize in oil and gas exploration, production and service that are constantly hiring new workers include:
- Ensign Energy Services – An oilfield company that specializes in land-based drilling, directional drilling, and well servicing for crude oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells
- Nabors Industries Ltd. – A contract-based drilling company focusing on land drilling, workovers, and well-servicing rigs, as well as oilfield hauling, engineering, civil construction, logistics, facilities maintenance, and project management.
- Savannah Energy Services Corp – An energy business that concentrates on coil tubing, vertical drilling, horizontal drilling, and overall well servicing.
- ConocoPhillips Canada – An oil and natural gas production and exploration company, with positions that focus on technology, innovation, and sustainable development.
- Suncor Energy – An integrated energy company that explores for, develops, and produces conventional oil and natural gas, both onshore and offshore.
- Syncrude Canada Ltd. – Syncrude is one of the largest producers of crude oil from Canada’s oil sands. They operate a large oil sand mine, utilities plant, bitumen extraction plant and upgrading facility that processes bitumen and produces value-added light, sweet crude oil for domestic consumption and export.
And the list goes on! Most, if not all of these companies, provide competitive wages, comprehensive benefits packages, and opportunities to advance in the company and travel to other areas.
A point to note though… some of the bigger companies, like Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Husky, contract out to specific drilling companies such as those listed above. So when you are searching for a position in the oilfield, make sure you narrow down the subsection you wish to work in (like those mentioned in the company descriptions), and target the organizations with that particular focus. This will ensure greater time-efficiency and a truer realization of what is the best fit for you in the oilfield.
The job position that is in greatest demand at present by many of these companies is Driller. However, to reach that stage there are a number of other positions that you must first show your proficiency in: Floor Hand, Motor Hand, Derrick Hand, and sometimes Assistant Driller, depending on the organization. Furthermore, you must be committed to furthering your education and learning new skills. If you wish to reach the coveted position of Driller, you need to be able to earn your First Line Blowout Prevention (BOP). If you wish to surpass this position, and advance to Tool Pusher/Rig Manager, your Second Line BOP is necessary. Some of the other courses required for any oilfield position include: WHMIS, H2S Alive, Fall Rescue, and Fall Protection. Think of the oil field as a great place to acquire some transferable skills, obtain invaluable courses, and earn a good chunk of change while you’re doing it.